HowTo: Linux Play Video CD

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How do I play video cd under Linux operating systems? How do I play .dat file under Linux?

VCDs are lower quality than a DVD. You can use any one of the following media player:

  • mplayer
  • VLC

mplayer: VCD playback

To play 1st track, enter (/dev/sr0 is your cdrom)
mplayer vcd://2 -cdrom-device /dev/sro

vlc: VCD Playback

To play vcd under Linux, enter:
vlc vcd:///dev/sr0
Replace /dev/sr0 with your actual device name such as /dev/dvd or /dev/hdc. Alternatively, you can use vlc File > Open Disk > VCD option to play vcds gui option.

How Do I Play .DAT File?

The .dat is not a real file. MS-Windows can play .dat file using some sort of iso9660 driver emulation. Linux cannot play .dat file. However, newer cdfs kernel driver can be used for the same. See Linux kernel cdfs documentation for more information. Use mplayer or vlc vcd:// format to play VCDs under Linux.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

9 comment

  1. hello guys if you want to play any media files on linux like fedora 11 then write this on any terminal(need working internet connection)

    su -c 'rpm -Uvh'

    and then write
    su -c 'yum -y install vlc'

    about 63 mb download is needed

  2. hi guys.i am now using a new version of linux— is best suited for those who dont have net connection on their home.because every necessary package is given there(including vlc—-and its movie player can play even .avi files).so if you frequently format your machine so you need not have to download vlc every time in fedora 11.for more information don’t hesitate to mail me at

  3. ok but as a noncorprate user(student) i think mandriva 10 is enough for us.isn’t it?

      1. It is very nice platform.. but i want to install dual system on laptop.. with windows 7 and fedora,…is it possible ..

        1. YES,why not.
          i am using windows xp,windows-7,linux(mandriva-10).i was using fedora 11 for quite sometime in recent past.even you can use 4 os(previous all+ubuntu 9.10).My configuration is
          1 gb ram,160 gb hdd,core-2-duo.

          if you have any questions don’t hesitate to write to me on

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