How to Play Restricted Formats (MP3, MPEG, Etc.) in Ubuntu


Proprietary software helps you maximize your Internet experience, but is not open source. The software available includes Multimedia Codecs, Java Runtime Environment, and plug-ins for Firefox.

The Ubuntu Restricted Extras will install Adobe Flash Player, Java Runtime Environment with Firefox plug-ins, a set of Microsoft Fonts (msttcorefonts), multimedia codecs (w32codecs or w64codecs), mp3-compatible encoding (lame), FFMpeg, extra Gstreamer codecs, the package for DVD decoding (libdvdread3), and the unrar archiver.

To install, open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

And that’s it, with that one simple command you can now listen to MP3s, play DVDs, and much more.

2 Responses to “How to Play Restricted Formats (MP3, MPEG, Etc.) in Ubuntu”

  1. 1 vns January 31, 2009 at 8:52 am

    thanks… i wanted exactly ths only but i was thinking abt some free software if available for doing the same task… means which can play different formats in ubuntu…

  2. 2 Erich January 31, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Here’s a quote from the website:

    Ubuntu strives to make all software that meets the licensing terms in the Ubuntu License Policy available. However patent and copyright restrictions complicate free operating systems distributing software to support proprietary formats.

    And, all of these formats are proprietary, so they cannot include them by default.

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