July 05, 2008

How-To: Install Codecs and DVD Support in Debian Lenny

Note: This is a classic how-to intended for beginners and it describes how to install video codecs and DVD support on Debian Lenny in several easy-to-follow steps.

1. Add debian-multimedia.org repository to your sources.list file
To edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file, type as root:

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Next, add the following two lines:

deb http://debian-multimedia.org/ lenny main
deb-src http://debian-multimedia.org lenny main

Save the file with ^O (CTRL+O) and close Nano with ^X.

For additional information about the debian-multimedia.org repository, visit the website.

2. Install debian-multimedia-keyring and update the list of packages
As root, type:

wget http://debian-multimedia.org/gpgkey.pub -O - | apt-key add - && apt-get install debian-multimedia-keyring

Then, to update the list of packages type:

apt-get update

3. Install w32codecs and libdvdcss2

apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2

That should do it. Next, you will need a video player, and I recommend one of VLC, SMPlayer or Kaffeine.

To install either of those, use:

apt-get install vlc
apt-get install smplayer
apt-get install kaffeine

That's it, you should be done now.

Updated: Jul 05, 2008 (Created: Jul 05, 2008)


Anonymous said...

Nice one. Another way to the second step is using aptitute to install debian-multimedia-keyring:
aptitude install debian-multimedia-keyring

miksuh said...

" wget http://debian-multimedia.org/gpgkey.pub -O - | apt-key add - && apt-get install debian-multimedia-keyring"

You don't need to do that. Here is how you can install debian-multimedia.org key:

# apt-get install debian-multimedia-keyring

Mey said...

I had made an script to do all this but in a automated way.


It use the debian-multimedia, non-free and contrib repositories.

i hope it can be usefull.


Adam said...

I can't get the keyring.
I just get: "E: Couldn't find package debian-multimedia-keyring"