How to Play Encrypted DVDs on Ubuntu 13.10, 13.04

Last updated: July 9, 2013

This brief tutorial will show you how to install DVD decryption library to enable DVD playback on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, 13.04 Raring. Due to legal reasons, Ubuntu doesn’t play normal or encrypted DVDs by default.

For easy, you can install Fluendo DVD player which is specially designed to reproduce DVD on Linux. It costs $24.95.


For free, you can enable this feature by installing the libdvdcss2 package which is available in medibuntu repository. But the maintainer will stop maintaining the Medibuntu repository, the repository will stay on line as is for a while.

Legal Warning: Check with your local laws to make sure usage of libdvdcss2 would be legal in your area.

1.) Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, run command to install libdvdread4 and vlc:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 vlc

2.) Then download and install libdvdcss2 by running below script:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

After reboot, VLC media player should play DVD movies.


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One response to How to Play Encrypted DVDs on Ubuntu 13.10, 13.04

  1. this doesnt work… still cannot play encrypted dvd. thanks for effort.