How do I install libdvdcss in Debian Jessie?

It seems that http://www.deb-multimedia.org/ is warned against.

https://wiki.debian.org/CDDVD lists three methods.

Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of each?

And why does it sometimes seem to be called libdvdcss and sometimes libdvdcss2?


2 Answers 2


Well, I decided to take a punt on installing it direct from VideoLAN

edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add the line:

deb http://download.videolan.org/pub/debian/stable/ /

Then add their key:

wget -O - http://download.videolan.org/pub/debian/videolan-apt.asc|sudo apt-key add -

Now update the system

sudo apt-get update

And install libdvdcss2

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

And suddenly all dvd players start working on all dvds. Cool!

  • I'd suggest using https to download the key, and possibly with the repository (in which case you need the package apt-transport-https). Also, the signature on the packages cannot be checked because of wiki.debian.org/Teams/Apt/Sha1Removal.
    – a3nm
    Apr 28, 2016 at 9:21

if you want to use debian repository you could simply add contrib packages like this in /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian stable main contrib
  • Although it works (tested on stretch), it installs a LOT of dependencies (c++ compiler, perl libraries, etc.).
    – Futal
    Sep 8, 2017 at 7:11

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