How To Install Copyright Protected Ubuntu Restricted Extras Package

Ubuntu Restricted Extras is a software package which contains essential software which are not pre-installed with Ubuntu due to legal and copyright issues. This package installs support for MP3 and unencrypted DVD playback, Microsoft TrueType core fonts, Flash plugin, and codecs for common audio and video files. Ubuntu restricted Extras depends on some commonly used packages in the Ubuntu multiverse repository. In this post I will tell you how to install Ubuntu Restricted Extras for your Ubuntu version to get these restricted extra packages.

Note: Packages from multiverse are restricted by copyright in some countries. For more information, check out Licensing Details.

  • Method 1

An easy way to install Ubuntu Restricted Extras is to type the initials of the package name inĀ  the Ubuntu Software Center to locate and install it. Ubuntu Software Center also contains Restricted Extras packages for Xubuntu and Kubuntu.


  • Method 2

Alternatively, enter the apt-get command given below to install the package via the Terminal:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • Method 3

Method 3 of acquiring these extras is to download the Deb package for your Ubuntu version from Launchpad. See the below download link to grab your Ubuntu Extras Deb Package.

Download Ubuntu restricted Extras Package