Video Not Playing Media Codec Solution For Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and Higher

Linuxslaves - Ubuntu video player can't play videos?. Here's how to fix unable to play the file, H.264/MPEG-4 AAC decoder is required to play the file but is not installed, an error occurred the specified movie could not be found, black screen, or crashes forever.

Ubuntu doesn't play videos and some audio media formats after fresh install for example is a common issue. The lack of this support is due the video files and other media formats are restricted by patent, copyright, or legal issues.

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The good thing is, Canonical provides a single package to install all the essential media codecs from their repository to provide non-open source software to its users. You can use this on any Ubuntu e.g 20.04 LTS, 20.10, 22.04 LTS, 22.10, or newer versions.

What's Ubuntu restricted extras?. Ubuntu-restricted-extras is a software package that consists various essential software like MP3 and other audio codec software to play various audio formats, Microsoft web fonts, unrar, mp4, and codecs for Chromium browser, etc.

Say good bye to video not playing on Ubuntu desktop issue!.

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