install mplayer on FC6

By VicRic ยท 7 replies
May 12, 2007
  1. Hi. For a long while I tried unsuccessfully to have my Linux machines able to play video formats, like WMV, MPG, AVI, etc.

    Finally I found a way to do it very easy in Fedora Core 6.
    Here's a guideline that I hope will help other people who may need it.


    STEP 1 - set the repositories.

    As explained in -

    just type in the following command at the Terminal

    STEP 2 - install Mplayer plugin ( )

    Type in the following command

    STEP 3 - install the complementary Mplayer GUI and supporting libraries

    Select 'Add/Remove Software' and search for 'mplayer'.

    Select as shown and then click 'Apply'.


    STEP 4 - install the codecs for Mplayer

    Follow the guideline in

    Only be aware to change the following items accordingly:

    - site -

    - file - all-20061022.tar.bz2


    That should be it.

  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    That's a good tip.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Not to start a fight, but I was toying around in a new Ubuntu install yesterday and I don't believe I added any repositories for mplayer (although I did for something else, forget what now) and all I had to type was:
    sudo apt-get install mplayer
  4. VicRic

    VicRic TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    Thnx Phantasm.

    Oops, yes, let's be careful - this guideline worked for me on the three Fedora Core 6 machines that I have; on other distros the steps might be very different.

    Actually I also have some machines with SUSE 10.0 and others with 10.2 and even there there are differences.

  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Same thing, its just a console based application as opposed to the graphical one above.

    I use Fedora, and I would do something like

    yum install mplayer

    to get that.

    Not sure if its available via yum. A lot of the time, I juggle between using yum (which is RPM based packages) and downloading source code which I then compile. I certainly need to compile from source for truecrypt, which in turn can require a kernel recompile as well.

    sticking to RPMs means you can avoid having to do kernel recompiles and suchlike, which although highly do-able are also prone to unforseen problems.
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    In Fedora you have to get it from Livna repository, it's not in Core or Extras. So, after you've added the Livna repositories to yum configuration, you can do yum install mplayer*.

    It works in Ubuntu (and probably in many other distributions) without adding anything because the repositories are different and the developers might not reject applications that have patents / other "non-free" stuff.
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    That's an entry in /etc/yum.repo.d/ or something? What did you add?
  8. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    That's how. It creates livna-devel.repo, livna.repo and livna-testing.repo in /etc/yum.repos.d.
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