Install Mplayer and Multimedia Codecs (libdvdcss2,w32codecs,w64codecs) in Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

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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 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

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 Using GUI.

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Make sure you have the following two lines save and exit your file

deb intrepid universe multiverse
deb-src intrepid 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 mplayergo to Applications—>Sound&Video—> Mplayer Movie Player

Install Smplayer (Mplayer Front-end)

Qt Mplayer front-end, with basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more. One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume...

sudo apt-get install smplayer

Install smplayer themes using the following command

sudo apt-get install smplayer-themes

Install libdvdcss2 and w32 video codecs in Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

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.

For Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) Users run the following command

sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Then, add the GPG Key using the following commands

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring

sudo apt-get update

For i386 Users install Codecs using the following command

sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2

For amd64 Users install Codecs using the following command

sudo apt-get install w64codecs libdvdcss2

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

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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27 Responses

  1. eremit says:

    First of all, thanks for your great tutorials — a few of them really saved days, as I haven’t to search for the information on the net by myself. Well, I’m not really sure, but as far as I know the mozilla-mplayer plugin isn’t able to play embedded divx content in websites (but maybe this has changed with Intrepid, didn’t try it so far). If this should be still the case, check out my tutorial Embedded DIVX Content For Firefox.

  2. Kevin says:

    Any particular reason you chose SMPlayer over Gnome MPlayer (gnome-mplayer). Also, note that mozilla-mplayer has been superseded by gecko-mediaplayer (which uses gnome-mplayer) for actually playing the media files.

    I suggest you give it a try and see how it works.

  3. Andy says:

    @kevin: I think mplayer has too much potential (which i dont want to drop) to be driven by such a minimalist gui.

  4. Kevin says:

    @Andy: gnome-mplayer is a gui just like SMplayer that sits on top of mplayer. So you still have the mplayer application.

    As for minimalist GUI, the feature set of gnome-mplayer and SMPlayer is quite close in some areas, and varies widely in others. For example gnome-mplayer supports DVD menus and will load files from an ipod and obtains album covers for tagged audio files, I don’t believe that SMPlayer will do any of that.

  5. Gerald says:

    Thank You SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much for this page here!
    That all worked out for me perfectly.
    So finally i can watch DVDs properly…


  6. teddy says:

    thanks dude.

  7. wisux says:

    Le téléchargement de quelques fichiers d’index a échoué, ils ont été ignorés, ou les anciens ont été utilisés à la place.i have this mesg

  8. Anvar says:

    i’m using ubuntu 8.10…some audio & video formats(mp3,wav,dat,etc.) are not supported…give me any sugesstion to use …

  9. Rafa M.G. says:

    Wow, very nice!!!!! And thank you so much.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D.!

    Now i can see movies..=P

  10. george says:

    Great! This is the most complete description about the Mplayer and Smplayer installation in Ubuntu. THanks!

  11. Mike Shafer says:

    Thanks for the excellent/detailed directions. A snap to follow with perfect results!

  12. Yohan says:

    This tutorial really help me.. Thank you 😀

  13. bumi akin says:

    awww… what fantastic results!!
    this has really been helpful. mplayer works like a charm.
    thanx for the awesome tutorial.

  14. sangeysu says:

    this tutorial realy help me. i thank you a lot

  15. ICT Gessler says:

    These are the steps I used.

    Very helpful tutorial. Thanks

    I did these steps to get Totem Media Player to work on Ubuntu 8.1:

    Add two lines to sources.list:
    Type sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list to access file.

    deb intrepid universe multiverse
    deb-src intrepid universe multiverse

    There may be similar sources in the file, usually preceded by Leave those there.

    Then do update:
    sudo apt-get update

    Then type the following:
    sudo wget –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

    Wait until it completes, then update:
    sudo apt-get update

    Then install “key” by typing:
    sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring


    sudo apt-get update

    Then add library
    sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2

    Then update
    sudo apt-get update

    Voila! It should play dvds.

    Thanks again for everything.

  16. Leo Lübbers says:

    Many thanks, very helpfull

  17. varun says:

    Hello every one and lots of thanks to the writer of this tutorial.I installed the mplayer with the gr8 help.I request for some help with the mplayer plugin for firefox in intrepid for ubuntu.I am a new user and dont know much about using command line now so am sorry for this.plz help

    The mplayer plugin plays only one video with audio but then only plays audio for wmv and other windows media files that I want to play with it.I dont know how to correct this but if I reboot then again I can play one file but no more.Please email if possible

  18. WiLL says:

    Thank you!

  19. B. Blackwell says:

    Thanks for the tutorial.
    I have been using Ubuntu OS system for 9 months and it just keeps getting better & better.
    Thanks to all
    B. Blackwell

  20. xu says:

    thanks admin!
    i do exactly the tutuoral at my ubuntu8.10,
    but still can’t play rm/rmvb files.mplayer just display ‘fatal error!’

    i don’t know where’s the problem.

  21. wushigung says:

    I seem to have a few problems here… 1. The wget with the output documents medibuntu.list always fails. doesn’t understand output command. I saw another example provided the used less — dashes and spaces but that was worse. Also had no luck with w32codec has no installation candidate… maybe was moved?!!

  22. G. Volpe says:

    I have Ubuntu 8.10 with Totem and Transmission as defaults. I also have Deluge and Mplayer installed. Totem and Transmission open automatically when download or video are selected but I want Deluge and Mplayer to do this, they do not I must drag and drop. How do you change the default applications?

  23. Frederik says:

    Guys, i have installed all these according to the tutorial (with success). I can play some dvd’s now.
    THere are some (the romantic ones f.e. P.S. I Love You) where I get the error stream scrambled.(gxine) in VLC it just opens 1/10 sec an closes.
    In MoviePLayer is opens and i can hear really annoying radio and see verry irritating snow and squares.
    I have also posted on ubuntu forums.
    I am using ubuntu for like a year or so and i got most to work.

    Does anybody know what could be wrong why I can not decode these DVD’s?
    -> I did set region and DMA
    -> I did follow tutorial above entirely successfull.

    Please Help, my girlfriend wants to see this romantic dvd (I need to backup my personal collection…)

  24. Duncan says:

    Have upgraded to umbuto 9.4 but having nightmares trying to get the sound to work on either games or media players.It worked fine on the previous version but since I’ve upgraded I can get no sound.
    I have an HP Pavillion 6170 notebook.
    Its the wubi version that I am using.
    Any Suggestions welcome. Apart from sound everything else is running as it schould.
    The sound light is on & I can see the players playing the music but no sound I’ve tried loading codecs etc but to no avail.I’m quite new to the platform so layman’s terms as far as possible please.I know how to use the terminal as have tried several items I googled

  25. yudartocp says:

    thanks a lot !!

    works flawlessly on my eeepc 1005ha with UNR 9.10

  26. Rakesh says:

    Thanks a lot for the information above. This really helped me a lot. Keep updating the website here to help others.

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