Install Mplayer and Multimedia Codecs (libdvdcss2,w32codecs) in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

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MPlayer is a movie and animation player that supports a wide range of codecs and file formats, including MPEG 1/2/4,DivX 3/4/5, Windows Media 7/8/9, RealAudio/Video up to 9, Quicktime 5/6, and Vivo 1/2. It has many MX/SSE (2)/3Dnow(Ex) optimized native audio and video codecs, but allows using XAnim’s and RealPlayer’s binary codec plugins, and Win32 codec DLLs. It has basic VCD/DVD playback functionality, including DVD subtitles, but supports many text- based subtitle formats too. For video output, nearly every existing interface is supported. It’s also able to convert any supported files to raw/divx/mpeg4 AVI (pcm/mp3 audio), and even video grabbing from V4L devices.

Install Mplayer in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

You need to add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list file or you need to make sure you have enabled Universe and multiverse repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list file

gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

enter these two lines and save your file

deb feisty universe multiverse
deb-src feisty universe multiverse

Now you need to run the following command to update the source list

sudo apt-get update

Install mplayer using the following command

sudo apt-get install mplayer

if you want to open mplayer just type



You can Open from Applications—>Sound&Video—> Mplayer Movie Player

Once it opens you should see the following screen

Installing libdvdcss2 and w32 video codecs in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Support for WMV, RealMedia and other formats has been bundled into the w32codecs package. This package is not available from the Ubuntu repositories due to licensing and legal restrictions.

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list file and enter the following repositories save and exit the file

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

For Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Users

deb feisty free non-free
deb-src feisty free non-free

Now you need to copy the key using the following command

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add --

Update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install Codecs using the following command

sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2

Using above download locations you can install most of the mutimedia codecs for ubuntu.

sudo apt-get update

Mplayer Plugin for Firefox

If you want to install Mplayer with plug-in for Mozilla Firefox run the following command

sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer

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15 Responses

  1. niyam says:

    i used

    01. main menu > add/remove, clicked on ‘preferences’ and enabled the first four options which include restricted and multiverse. as also the ‘third party’ tab and enabled the medibuntu sources. then closed the preferences.

    02. then clicked on ‘sound and video’, scrolled down and enabled all the gstream plug ins, that include mp3, mpeg, divx, etc.

    03. using the built-in Totem media player, can play any media file. using amarok, can play all music files in a nice, organized manner.

    by doing the above steps, just to get it to play with mplayer, would i ‘break’ or ‘disintegrate’ my installation so maybe it wouldn’t work with totem either?

    can’t i just point mplayer to the installed codecs lying on my hard disk?

    btw, i installed vlc, and it worked straight outofthebox too.



  2. Richard says:

    Thanks, great guide!

  3. Pad says:

    THx for the help. I am anewbie(kinda…have been using ubuntu for under an year now). your tutorial really helped a lot.

  4. bisu says:

    i dont have an internet connection on my ubuntu machine …
    please help me with the codecs intallation …. is there any way to download then install it .?

  5. Melofelo says:

    I love the thought of going with an OS that is free, not only free of charge, but free of MS.
    However, I am not comfortable with command line entry. I will have to get used to it if I want to run Ubuntu, but your instructions here are better than anything I was able to find on Ubuntu’s website.

  6. Adewale Afolabi says:

    This article has been very useful. What most of my friends wants first is to be able to play their music. I use christmas edition of ubuntu and really all the codecs came preinstalled, so this article is just what i need

  7. Jeff says:

    I followed the instructions but I get this message:
    Package w32codecs is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    E: Package w32codecs has no installation candidate

  8. lailoken says:

    @#7 sudo apt-get install w64codecs libdvdcss2

    for those of us using x64 versions of ubuntu

  9. stanley82 says:

    Now you need to copy the key using the following command

    wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –

    Hi, it cam back and said gnh file not found. My work round download the medibuntu-key to desktop then open a terminal cd to desktop and sudo apt-key add and that did it.

    2nd hick use only wmv files and fire fox tries to play em in totem.

    Firefox/edit/preferences content manage and I can see open wmv open with widow stuff but a lot of things open with flash and Real and that’s ok. A few thins are listed as open with mplayerplug-in 3.31. I could change the win stuff if only I could find where it is. I guess it is not the .so or .xpt stuff in /usr/lib/firefox/plugins?

    At last I feel I am getting close to having the CBC news over firefox on an AMD64 Feisty.

    Any help most welcome. Regards Ian.

  10. Navdeep Mahajan says:


    On tryigng to get Win 32 codecs i am getting the following error:

    root@xyz:/etc/apt# sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    libdvdcss2: Depends: libc6 (>= 2.5-0ubuntu1) but 2.3.6-0ubuntu20.5 is to be installed
    w32codecs: Depends: libc6 (>= 2.5-0ubuntu1) but 2.3.6-0ubuntu20.5 is to be installed
    E: Broken packages

    How to correct the same?

  11. Eldon Koyle says:

    You need to replace ‘feisty’ with the proper name. You are running dapper or something earlier.

  12. laxman narayanan says:

    good work by the ubuntu producers….
    i like it very much.
    but installing the softwares are so difficult….

  13. matt says:

    And for debian etch? How do I do this? This is the last thing I have to do to be done configuring. love the site.

  14. matt says:

    And I have done it. go to this site: it’s all there.

  15. linda says:

    is ther a way of loadind media codecs if you have no cut and paste or dowload and run?

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