Enable DVD and Copy-Right Videos Support on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

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Recent release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS allows me to do some testing. the steps below is how I got DVD Support on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. If you want to get Video working on your desktop, the guide below is a good place to start.

By default, DVD support isn’t available on Ubuntu 18.04 for legal and technical reasons. Most commercially available DVDs are copy-righted and need the right codec installed before using. The decryption or decoder software for these DVDs are not included with Ubuntu.

In order to play DVDs, you need to have the right codecs installed. A codec is a piece of software that allows applications to read a video or audio format. If your movie player software doesn’t find the right codecs, it may offer to install them for you.

If you need to play commercially available DVDs on Ubuntu, you must use software and programs that can handle DVD copyright protection. One of these open source programs is Fluendo.

Fluendo works with Linux systems and should be legal in most countries. However, Fluendo is not free.

Alternatively, you can use the unlicensed decoder for Linux, but they are not permitted by law in most countries. So using it may not be legal. Ubuntu allows you to install these codecs and use but you’re doing it at your own risk.

To install the unlicensed decoder that are available on Ubuntu, run the commands below.

sudo apt install libdvdnav4 libdvdread4 gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly libdvd-pkg
sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Confirm in order to install libdvdcss2

After that, you should be able to play and watch DVDs on Ubuntu desktop.


This post show students and new users how to setup Ubuntu to watch commercially available DVDs on Ubuntu 18.04. By default these programs are not available with Ubuntu.

In order to play these DVD you must have the correct decoder installed. The post above showed you how to make Ubuntu DVD ready.


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  1. Good info, thanks for taking the time and writing it up. I am using Ubuntu 16.04LTS currently and just noticed today, that another LTS is only a few months away. I have a little cheat sheet I use when doing a fresh install and one txt document was commands for the whole dvd copyright issue…paste it in terminal…and then handbrake has no problem recognizing and ripping the dvd (haven’t done in many months, but nice option to have).
    Thank you again, page is bookmarked, and ready to refer to in a few months…don’t like any new suprises when installing…you save me some time and headaches 😉

  2. Above instructions failed, I’ve tried reloading the latest daily release, still no luck, until almost giving up and trying 17.10 out of frustration. So downloaded Brasero to burn the 17.10 ISO onto disc, and lo and behold, it forced 18.04 to load a couple of lib. files that had downloaded from the above instructions, but for some reason refused to load.

    I like 18.04 Beta, but it’s not fully there yet.

  3. I’ve been trying to install libdvd-pkg but it tells me I have unmet dependencies: build-essential, debhelper (>= 9), and dh-autoreconf and nothing I have tried has been able to get this resolved. Is there anything you can do to help me with this? Thanks

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