Ubuntu restricted extras metapackage

The first thing you probably need to do after a fresh Ubuntu installation is to install “Ubuntu restricted extras“. This package contains all the helpful and essential software for playing your regular media files, viewing Microsoft fonts, flash, etc. Ubuntu only includes fully free software packages with its installation by default, anything legal or proprietary has to be installed by the users separately, that’s the reason this package doesn’t comes bundled inside your Ubuntu installation by default.

To install Ubuntu restricted extras, you can do it two ways, either click on the name link above, it will launch the Ubuntu Software Center and you can click install. Another way is to fire up your terminal to do it, I strongly suggest you use the terminal (CLI) so that you are able to accept the Microsoft corefonts license agreement which pops up in between your installation. To install from terminal follow these steps:

  1. Press CTRL + ALT + T and type
  2. sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras – y

Voila, it’s done! To see the dependency (content) list of this package check the wikipedia page here or see below:

  • flashplugin-installer
  • gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
  • gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3
  • gstreamer0.10-pitfdll
  • gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad
  • gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly
  • gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse
  • gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse
  • icedtea6-plugin
  • libavcodec-extra-52
  • libmp4v2-0
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • unrar
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