Install Multimedia Codecs in Ubuntu 8.04

March 18, 2009 by
Filed under: firefox, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

Web designers in the multimedia business have been slow to embrace open standards. Most websites feature content in the proprietary mp3, wmv, or Adobe Flash formats. In order to get many multimedia files to work with Ubuntu you need to enable the Medibuntu repositories. So fire up your handy, dandy terminal and enter the following to add Medibuntu to your sources list.

sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/hardy.list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

In order to play encrypted DVD's, you'll need the libdvdcss2 package.

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

I you're running the 32 bit version of Ubuntu, then you'll want the w32codecs package.

sudo apt-get install w32codecs

If you're running the 64 bit version, you'll want the w64codecs package.

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sudo apt-get install w64codecs

If you're running the PowerPC version, you'll want the ppc-codecs package.

sudo apt-get install ppc-codecs

To play mpeg and other video formats, install libavcodec1d libavformat1d.

sudo apt-get install libavcodec1d libavformat1d

To install Adobe's Acrobat Reader:

sudo apt-get install acroread acroread-plugins

If you also want the Acrobat Reader plugin for Firefox:

sudo apt-get install mozilla-acroread

In order to view videos on sites like YouTube and MetaCafe, you'll need to install the Adobe Flash Player. To do this, you first need to enable the Multiverse repository. To enable Multiverse through the menu, select System->Administration->Software Sources. Enter your password at the prompt. Then check the box to include the Multiverse Repository and click on Close.

Enable Multiverse Repository

Enable Multiverse Repository

You can now install the flash player with this terminal command.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

You now have all the crucial multimedia products installed.

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2 Responses to “Install Multimedia Codecs in Ubuntu 8.04”

  1. amol says:

    provide the exact link for ubuntu w32codecs

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