Ubuntu Guide For Windows Users: How To Play MP3 Audio Files


ubuntulogo.jpgBy default, Ubuntu (for that mater many Linux distributions) cannot play MP3 audio files. This is because of copyright laws (makes it a restricted format) which prevents MP3 functionality from being bundled with Linux distributions.

This does not mean you cannot play MP3 audio files on Ubuntu, it just means you need to download an encoder first.

We'll use Totem, which is the default media player in Ubuntu, and add the codec that will allow playing of MP3 audio files.

The easiest way to get started, is to first download or copy an MP3 file to your desktop and double click on it to open Totem. You will immediately see the following message:


Click on the Search button to allow your System to find the required software.

Next you will see the following results from the search, prompting you to make a selection.


Select the first option that include codecs for playing mp3, sid, mpeg1, mpeg2 formats, and carefully read the pop-up notice about installing restricted software. Click Confirm button to confirm the notice them click Install to start the installation.

If prompted, enter you password at the prompt "to perform administrative tasks".

Once installation has completed, click the Close button.


The MP3 audio file that you clicked on earlier will start playing.


Next time you click on an MP3 file, Totem will open and will immediately start playing tunes for you!

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January 1, 2009

interpid @ 12:20 pm #

Some body help me …how to play mp3 if i don't have a internet connection that does not work in ubuntu ..but it works in windows?

interpid @ 12:21 pm #

Ohh..tell me how c.cyberx@yahoo.com

April 18, 2009

Vianney @ 3:33 am #

My audio doesn't play but the video does after installing the plugins

November 21, 2009

rajesh @ 3:53 pm #

E: The package adobe-flashplugin needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it.
E: Internal error opening cache (1). Please report.

this is displayed when trying to install plugins……………….pls help me

December 28, 2009

kalpesh @ 7:29 am #

plase… help me???

ubuntu in not supported mp3 file…

June 15, 2010

Japhet Kamala @ 8:53 am #

Obuntu is the best

June 19, 2010

Im new used Ubuntu.. thanks for your information. helpfully

June 20, 2010

Akhil Sunil Kumar @ 8:09 am #

i'm using ubuntu 9.10 since this is a new version even if i search for update over the net i can't find any mp3 codec

November 3, 2010

pramod kumar @ 12:05 am #

how to play video & mp3 through ubuntu 7

January 2, 2011

Sadanand Akshay Pai @ 12:07 pm #

i used above mentioned method …
but aftr givin search , msg will popup tellin- " no plugins wr found"..
i m accessin net thru mobil connectin pc.
Wat should i do??????

July 26, 2011

waheedullah nasery @ 6:03 am #

install the players form internet then you can play video and mp3 through ubunto

August 23, 2011

manju @ 6:00 am #

Just uninstall UBUNTO and buy windows 7 super working for pc and laptops

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June 16, 2014

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