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What program can you use in Fedora in order to play a media file that is in a restricted format?

asked 2015-07-22 12:59:17 -0500

Ervin-Reloaded gravatar image

updated 2015-10-20 20:51:45 -0500

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I am well aware of the procedure used to install restricted codecs for media files by adding the rpm fusion repositories and installing the respective packages. However I wish to save myself and probably other people from having to do all that. I know that by installing google chrome one can play media in restricted formats simply by choosing open this with chrome. Is there any other application that can do that? Provided that I can install just that one application.

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I don't think that chrome can play media files without the the appropriate codecs, but I could be wrong, as I've never used it. In general, however, media players rely on external programs (i.e., codecs) to translate the file into a form the player can use. If they didn't, each player would need to have its own complete set of codecs built into it, wasting large amounts of diskspace and causing continual re-inventing of a great number of wheels. Is there a reason you don't want to install the codecs?

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2015-07-22 14:21:50 -0500 )edit

Not sure about the codecs but Chrome carries his own flash, so they also may include codecs. In any case you are installing Chrome from out side Fedora environment therefore it has a different set of rules. As explained by sideburns is best for an OS to use shared resources. And do not think you will find a program within Fedora that does that.

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2015-07-22 14:33:48 -0500 )edit

What restricted formats are looking for?

anishjp gravatar imageanishjp ( 2015-07-23 07:45:51 -0500 )edit

Chrome can run restricted format files, both audio and video + audio. Installing rpm fusion repositories make it hard to uninstall them should one not want them anymore. But not so with Chrome. I was thinking that maybe there was an rpm package like for VLC that could do that. Outside Fedora's repositories, something that can be installed and uninstalled without hassles.

Ervin-Reloaded gravatar imageErvin-Reloaded ( 2015-07-23 09:16:03 -0500 )edit

@Ervin-Reloaded, what do you mean uninstall? The only thing that is designed to be hard to remove in linux is fuse- or boot-related, in my opinion.

NuuN gravatar imageNuuN ( 2015-07-25 12:25:54 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-07-24 13:06:10 -0500

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Once RPMFusion is installed, Totem ("Movies") will normally download codecs necessary from RPMFusion as well, the first time they are needed.

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answered 2015-07-23 09:14:40 -0500

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You are asking how to play media files in a restricted format without installing an extra repository, but Google Chrome is also from a separate repository. So the answer is no you can not play e.g. mp3 files without rpmfusion. The good news is that you don't have to worry about whether it is one or several programs that needs installing to get VLC working, since the packet manager takes care of that for you. So "sudo dnf install vlc " will install a handful of dependencies automatically.

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answered 2015-07-24 13:04:43 -0500

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smplayer from rpmfusion

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answered 2015-07-22 20:23:33 -0500

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updated 2015-07-22 20:25:34 -0500

One application for all multimedia (except document presentations):

  • If you need a GUI, install package, VLC from Rpmfusion.
  • If you are comfortable with command-line or just want click-to-open, install mpv from Rpmfusion.
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