Article Number: 000129701
The following article provides information about how to play your DVDs on the optical drive in a Dell PC using the Ubuntu operating system.
Ubuntu 16.04 does not play commercial DVDs without some setup and configuration having been done.
Ubuntu does not include the necessary libraries or codecs to decode DVDs by default. There are also issues due to legal and technical restrictions depending on the country you reside in.
This guide takes you through the configuration and the players available. (It does not deal with region-specific discs.)
You can purchase and install software application such as Fluendo . It works with Linux and should be legal to use in all countries.
Experienced Linux and Ubuntu users may find it quicker and easier to install using the Terminal window.
Run the following command:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg
And confirm in order to install libdvdcss2.
Open the Software Center window from the Dashboard or Search.
Search for each of the libraries below and install them on your system:
LibDVDCSS2Ubuntu uses this to recognize the DVDs
LibDVDRead4Ubuntu uses this to read the DVDs
LibDVDNav4Ubuntu uses this to navigate the DVDs
Streaming media plugin sets
The two most common open source free media players available in Ubuntu are the VLC media player and the TOTEM media player.
This player is installed by default when you load Ubuntu. To open the player, launch it from the Dashboard or Search.
This player is open source and can be downloaded from the Software Center. To open the player, launch it from the Dashboard or Search.
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21 Feb 2021