Enabling DVD playback in Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.10

How to enable DVD playback in Ubuntu 12.04 – 14.10

I like to keep things brief and to the point. Here is how to configure Ubuntu to play DVDs. Tried the procedures on Ubuntu 9.10 up to 11.04, once installed, you will be able to use any proprietary or open-source media player.


Using the Terminal

Install the libdvdread4 package (no need to add third-party repositories) via command line:

# sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

libdvdread4 is the decryption mechanism that decodes DVD content. This must be installed or you will not be able to play DVDs.

Then run this program only once:

# sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

libdvdread4 and libdvdread4/install-css.sh must be installed first before you install your desired media player. Once the above packages has been installed then you are free to install any media player, for instance, vlc and banshee.


Check to make sure your DVDs play by playing some. If all goes well, you are good to enjoy some movie nights.