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asked 2011-12-09 15:50:12 +0000

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updated 2015-05-11 22:47:35 +0000

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What plugins do I need to install to watch movies and listen to music?

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hello pals, i think the best way is with gnome software center, but if we install a fedora spin, there will be a problem to know the collections of codecs

christianbueno ( 2017-11-17 23:51:42 +0000 )edit

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answered 2011-12-09 15:56:52 +0000

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Most of this software is potentially patent encumbered and therefore will not be included in the default official Fedora repositories. Please read this wiki page for more information: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Forbidden_items

You can either purchase the codecs from Fluendo, or install them from RPMFusion. Note that using patented software even from RPMFusion may be illegal in locations where software patents apply. (The order in which these two solutions are given does not imply preference)

Option I - Using RPM Fusion (Free & Non-Free) repositories:

- Set up the repositories (using method A or B described below)

A.) Click on the links below:

Or B), use the following terminal commands (valid for any of the above Fedora releases):


1. su
2. dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm


1. su
2. dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

free and non-free:

1. su -c 'dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm'

2. Install the required packages

After you have the repositories set up, gnome-software/packagekit should pop up a dialogue asking you to install the required plugins when you try to run your video/audio for the first time.

Or, you can just use the terminal and install everything at once as given below - not all of these packages will be needed by all applications, but it's good to just install them all at once: If you are using GNOME:

1. su
2. dnf install gstreamer1-{ffmpeg,libav,plugins-{good,ugly,bad{,-free,-nonfree}}} --setopt=strict=0

If you are using KDE, you might prefer xine instead of Gstreamer:

1. su
2. dnf install xine-lib* k3b-extras-freeworld

If you also plan to listen to internet radio streams via rhythmbox for example, you need a few more packages:

1. su 
2. dnf install gstreamer1-{plugin-crystalhd,ffmpeg,plugins-{good,ugly,bad{,-free,-nonfree,-freeworld,-extras}{,-extras}}} libmpg123 lame-libs --setopt=strict=0

Fedora 25 and beyond

NOTE : MP3 SUPPORT NOW COMING TO FEDORA WORKSTATION 25, see more mp3-support-now-coming-to-fedora-workstation-25 and full-mp3-support-coming-soon-to-fedora.

Who wants to put in place the packets of RPMFusion prefer to Fedora's support for MP3, the conversion in a simple way.

First, the package can be uninstalled RPMFusion must gstreamer1-plugins-ugly, if this is installed:

su -c 'dnf remove gstreamer1-plugins-ugly '

Next, you need to install only the packages gstreamer1-plugin-mpg123 and mpg123-libs. Once the packages have ended up in the official Fedora repositories, this is possible with the following command:

su -c 'dnf install gstreamer1-plugin-mpg123 mpg123-libs'

VLC player is the swiss army that plays most formats and is a nice application to have installed:

1. su
2. dnf install vlc

Option II ...

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You also need to install the gstreamer1-* packages now. Totem and most of gnome has moved to gstreamer1.

FranciscoD_ ( 2013-04-07 02:14:33 +0000 )edit

Thanx much for this tip.

hawkfeather ( 2013-04-24 02:35:19 +0000 )edit

Instead of installing GStreamer, you can also install a player which does not need GStreamer like MPlayer or VLC.

lkiesow ( 2013-07-21 10:32:23 +0000 )edit

Just a note - there is no package called xine-lib-extras-freeworld. At least I wasn't able to find it.

hawkfeather ( 2014-10-08 20:51:56 +0000 )edit

These instructions worked for me! I am now able to play DVD movies using my DVD drive under Fedora 20. I am using vlc. Be certain to pick the appropriate source directory for your movie disk location (e.g., /dev/dvd. /dev/sr0, etc.) after launching vlc, then selecting "Open Disk" to define the source path.

swizzletik ( 2014-10-17 05:13:24 +0000 )edit

answered 2011-12-13 02:36:01 +0000

agajan gravatar image

updated 2012-02-03 04:25:43 +0000

You can purchase gstreamer playback plugins for quite a few Codecs from Fluendo at a reasonable price.


The playback plugin for MP3 can be downloaded at no cost.


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Added this info to the main answer.

FranciscoD_ ( 2015-05-11 23:03:19 +0000 )edit

answered 2014-07-06 01:18:56 +0000

WillUseOnlyFedora gravatar image

updated 2014-07-06 09:45:57 +0000

NikTh gravatar image

These plugins should help you

[root@localhost ~]# rpm -qa| grep gstreamer
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Please put this in the code format using these ` or click the 101010 icon to format it. Also, this question is very old, and it is already answered.

hello ( 2014-07-06 05:26:29 +0000 )edit

answered 2013-04-06 19:05:02 +0000

piyushchauhan2011 gravatar image

sudo yum install gstreamer-plugins-ugly audacious-plugins-freeworld-mp3 xmms-mp3

run this in terminal and all will be up :)

i've installed in fedora 18 kde environment

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I have followed the instructions, it tells me that it was successfully installed, even went back an checked and in terminal tried a second time and tells me its already installed, still when I try and play a video, I get a prompt from firefox to open with either Firefox or "videos default". As far as the fluendo link, its no longer working. One question I still have, the list of plugins, do I just paste those into terminal or where?

JimD ( 2016-08-31 01:39:56 +0000 )edit

Glad to say, after some goofing around, got it too work. Thanks.

JimD ( 2016-08-31 02:25:56 +0000 )edit

answered 2017-07-13 05:56:48 +0000

wandrianoff gravatar image

Muy buen tutorial, los Codecs y repositorios funcionaron a la perfecci├│n en Fedora 26, si se siguen los pasos uno a uno y en forma correcta todo sale bien, gracias

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