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asked 2011-12-09 09:50:12 -0500

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updated 2019-01-10 07:30:43 -0500

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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 gravatar imagechristianbueno ( 2017-11-17 17:51:42 -0500 )edit

Now , enable RPMfusion, then sudo dnf groupupdate Multimedia

christianbueno gravatar imagechristianbueno ( 2018-04-19 08:36:00 -0500 )edit

on fedora 28 the above command doesn't work for twitter videos and spotify web .(firefox)

christianbueno gravatar imagechristianbueno ( 2018-05-02 20:04:12 -0500 )edit

It worked!

Jgreer1942 gravatar imageJgreer1942 ( 2018-11-26 23:09:04 -0500 )edit

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answered 2011-12-09 09:56:52 -0500

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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:

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$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm


1. su
2. dnf install$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

free and non-free:

1. su -c 'dnf install$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm$(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 ...
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You also need to install the gstreamer1-* packages now. Totem and most of gnome has moved to gstreamer1.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-04-06 21:14:33 -0500 )edit

Thanx much for this tip.

hawkfeather gravatar imagehawkfeather ( 2013-04-23 21:35:19 -0500 )edit

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

lkiesow gravatar imagelkiesow ( 2013-07-21 05:32:23 -0500 )edit

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

hawkfeather gravatar imagehawkfeather ( 2014-10-08 15:51:56 -0500 )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 gravatar imageswizzletik ( 2014-10-17 00:13:24 -0500 )edit

answered 2011-12-12 20:36:01 -0500

agajan gravatar image

updated 2012-02-02 22:25:43 -0500

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_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2015-05-11 18:03:19 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-07-05 20:18:56 -0500

WillUseOnlyFedora gravatar image

updated 2014-07-06 04:45:57 -0500

NickTux 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.

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-07-06 00:26:29 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-04-06 14:05:02 -0500

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 gravatar imageJimD ( 2016-08-30 20:39:56 -0500 )edit

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

JimD gravatar imageJimD ( 2016-08-30 21:25:56 -0500 )edit

I'm stuck where you are. I guess I have to goof around more lol

themepenguin gravatar imagethemepenguin ( 2018-12-21 16:42:25 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-07-13 00:56:48 -0500

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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answered 2018-04-08 07:07:07 -0500

lsatenstein gravatar image

Please visit and pull down a Fedora 27 network istall Remix. The Network installation Remix is entirely in English.

The RFRemix includes a installation list of extra software (tested) that works with Fedora 27. Instead of hunting at different sites for codecs, steam, adobe, skype, .... and then debugging why that extra software is not working, RFRemix has done the work for you.

Russia is not bound by RedHat's constraints to be entirely GPL3, even though most software from the site has accompanying source, some, such as adobe, or steam, or ... are binary only. RFRemix includes vlc, gparted, and more. I use the Gnome version on even day numbers in the year and the KDE Plasma version on the odd days of the year.

Both KDE and Gnome are great. Give that network installation iso a try. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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Did you take it down? I dont see it

themepenguin gravatar imagethemepenguin ( 2018-12-21 16:39:35 -0500 )edit

answered 2019-01-26 05:58:12 -0500

I just wanted to add that Fedora 28 and Fedora 29 repositories are available at RPM Fusion. See their Configuation page here:

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