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An overview of playing/ripping/writing Digital Versatile Discs.
Available in languages

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Related articles
DVD Ripping
DVD Writing

DVD, also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc, is an optical disc storage media format used for video and data storage.[1]

Playing DVDs

Required packages

If you wish to play encrypted DVDs, you must install the libdvd* packages.

# pacman -S libdvdread libdvdcss libdvdnav

Additionally, you must install player software. Popular DVD players are MPlayer, xine and VLC. xine and VLC support DVD menus.

Tip: Users may need to belong to the 'optical' group to be able to access the DVD drive:
# gpasswd -a USERNAME optical


MPlayer is efficient and supports a wide variety of media formats (i.e. almost everything). To play a DVD with MPlayer:

$ mplayer dvd://N

...where N is the desired chapter number. Start at 1 and work up if unsure.

To play a DVD image file:

$ mplayer -dvd-device movie.iso dvd://N

To find the audio language, start MPlayer with the Template:Codeline switch to output audio IDs. An audio track is selected with Template:Codeline. Set a default audio language by editing Template:Filename and adding the line Template:Codeline for English.

With MPlayer, the DVD could be set to a low volume. To increase the maximum volume to 400% use Template:Codeline and Template:Codeline. The startup volume defaults to 100% of software volume and the global mixer levels will remain untouched. Using the 9 and 0 keys, volume can be adjusted between 0 and 400 percent.


MPlayer home page


A lightweight media player supporting DVD menus.

xine home page


A capable player with a simple GUI, installed with:

# pacman -S vlc

VLC home page

Tip: To make VLC the default DVD player in GNOME, edit Template:Filename and at the bottom of the file add:

Then, as root, run:

# update-desktop-database /usr/share/applications
Finally, open System > Preferences >> File Management >>> Media and next to DVD Video select Open VLC media player.

Ripping DVDs

See DVD Ripping.

Writing DVDs

See DVD Writing.