Playing encrypted DVDs on Ubuntu 11.04 with Totem media Player

01/08/2011 at 12:08 pm Plaats een reactie

While on holiday, I wanted to play a couple of movie DVDs on my Ubuntu 11.04 x64 laptop. Unfortunately, some of the DVDs were encrypted, and  I had not installed the Ubuntu DVD encryption library, which is needed to play encrypted DVDs on Ubuntu.

Back home, I installed the package, and tested the same DVDs that I could not play while on holiday.

Based on an excellent howto from, this is how to install the encryption library in Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit.

1. Open a terminal, and type: sudo apt-get install libdvdread* (press Enter, and enter your root password). This will install all needed DVD encryption library packages.

2. Staying in your terminal window, type: cd /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4 (press Enter)

3. Type sudo ./ (press Enter). This will install a couple of other packages.

Test an encrypted DVD within Totem Media Player, it should work immediately for an ecrypted DVD.

Have fun!


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