Play DVD on Linux Ubuntu

If you’re new to Ubuntu, you might be wondering how on earth I can play DVD (movie, music, program) on my Ubuntu? Well, before you can play DVD on your Ubuntu you need to do several things.

  1. First thing first, open the terminal window
  2. Type this command in the terminal window and execute itsudo apt-get install totem-xine libxine1-ffmpeg libdvdread3
  3. If you’re being ask for password, just enter you SU (Super Administrator) password.
  4. Then, type another commandsudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/

Play DVD on Ubuntu Linux

That’s a wrap, you can now play DVD on your beloved Ubuntu machine using Totem movie player.


  1. I am new to Ubuntu (using eeebunto-NBR 2.0), and discovered I couldn’t play DVD movies after setup and update. So I gladly followed your instructions, but all I got for my troubles was “Couldn’t find package totem-xine”. See the lines below, to assure yourself I typed the command exactly as you described:

    zeke@zeke-bot:~$ sudo apt-get install totem-xine libxine1-ffmpeg libdvdread3
    [sudo] password for zeke:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package totem-xine

  2. Well guess what…in spite of that error response, typing your second instruction:


    resulted in my distro finally playing DVD movies. Maybe the first instruction you provide is not necessary?

    While waiting for your answer, I can finally enjoy watching again (as I once did in Windoze), my fabulous Futurama episodes. :)

  3. Hi Zeke Krahlin,

    You can do this is two ways.
    (i) Go to terminal–>sudo aptitude–> password–>a “/” will prompt you to search field, then search the required package and install!
    (ii)Go to Add new application(Alt+F1–last in the first dropdown menu) and search for the required application and download

    Both are easy to install, however, the second option is more user friendly and preferable for beginners.

  4. Install VLC Player, this will solve your problem. it plays DVD , CD, MP3 almost all the video and audio format.

    Hope it helps.

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