Play DVD Disks under Linux, fix problem reading encrypted (scrambled) discs.

By neokrates, written on June 14, 2010

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Maybe you just bought a new DVD, reinstalled or upgraded the Linux. Players under Linux can’t play it. Here is a short and simple “howto play DVD’s”. There is an official how-to from Ubuntu, but it was hard to find and maybe not that clear. So, here is a simple version and link to Ubuntu page.


The problem is that official DVD disks are protected and the data stream needs to be decoded (descrambling).

Works for

✔ Ubuntu Linux 9.*

✔ Kaffeine

✔ MPlayer

✔ Xine

✔ Totem-xine

✔ VLC Media player

Should also work for

✔ Ubuntu Linux 8.*

1

Get libdvdread4

Make sure you have libdvdread4 installed.

Use synaptic, kadept or other package manager, or just type from command line:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

 

💡 libdvdread is used for descrambling and CSS authentication:

libdvdread provides the functionality that is required to access many DVDs. It
parses IFO files, reads NAV-blocks, and performs CSS authentication and
descrambling.

libdvdread currently uses libdl to dynamically probe for libdvdcss at runtime.
If found, libdvdcss will be used to decrypt sections of the DVD as necessary.

2

Install

It doesn’t matter if libdvdread4 was installed from the beginning or you just did it. Following script needs to be executed:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh

3

Restart Linux

Linux restart is needed in most cases.

Links:

1) (Currently at) Ubuntu Documentation > Community Documentation > RestrictedFormatsPlayingDVDs : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats/PlayingDVDs

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