Enable DVD Support on Ubuntu 17.10

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By default, DVD support isn’t available on Ubuntu 17.10 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 opensource 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 17.10. 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. I’ve done as instructed, but still getting the errors. Two seperatre computers too after update

    1. You might want to try VLC media player.. run the commands below to install on Ubuntu

      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install vlc browser-plugin-vlc

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