Mplayer is a  popular movie player for Linux that supports reading from network and a wide range of codecs.

Install Mplayer:

First,execute the following code and make sure the two lines below the code exists in the next window:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
deb jaunty universe multiverse
deb-src jaunty universe multiverse

Then,run the command:

sudo apt-get update

and install Mplayer by the code:

sudo apt-get install mplayer

After installed, you will find it at Applications–>Sound&Video–>MPlayer Movie Player

Install libdvdcss2 and w32 video codecs:

You need to install w32codecs for playing WMV,RealMedia and other formats files and libdvdcss2 for playing encrypted DVDs.

Execute following command to add the GPG key for ubuntu 9.04 users:

sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring

sudo apt-get update

And install codecs by command,

for i386 users:

sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2

for amd64 users:

sudo apt-get install w64codecs libdvdcss2

Now,open a file folder and right click on a movie file to go to Properties.Tick on MPlayer Movie Player at Open With tab, and enjoy yourself by clicking on the movie file.


You may want to install mlpayer plugin for Firefox,execute following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer

To make mplayer looking good by installing mplayer skins