How to play MP3, Audio and Video files in Ubuntu [Codecs]

By default, Ubuntu does not include any audio and video codecs required to play media files. That’s because, Ubuntu is a distribution of free software and these packages are affected by patents and license restrictions in some countries.

Ubuntu media player

So, I’ll tell you how to install the audio and video plugins needed by media players to play files in Ubuntu. GStreamer extra plugins and GStreamer ffmpeg video plugin are the best recommended codecs to use. To install them follow the steps below:

1. Go to Applications > Add/Remove…

2. Set Show: to All available applications

3. In the search tab type GST. Now you’ll see the above listed plugins.


Check both the plugins, confirm and install them. An Internet connection is required to download and install these plugins.


Now you can play any standard type of audio and video files easily 😀


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

2 Responses

  1. Rick Masters says:

    Excellent write up! Thanks a bunch.

  2. Ubuntu Restricted Extras = Codecs, Flash, Java, Microsoft fonts and more. That is really easy!

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