For legal issues , Fedora Core ( North American distribution ) provides no default package to play multimedia files ( MP3 , DivX , DVD). Similarly, proprietary software such as Adobe Reader , Adobe Flash Player , Real Player have been banned!
You must completed the installation with Yum or Apt .
Note that these instructions also apply to the Aurox distributions (based on Fedora Core), but also to the Red Hat distribution.
Yum Extender (Yumex)
Yumex is a improved version of Yum ( package manager ).
To install it, open a console and type:
# yum install yumex
By the end of this installation, indicate the mirrors. In the same root console:
# cd /etc
# mv -f yum.conf yum.conf.bak
# wget www.fedorafaq.org/samples/yum.conf
Upload additional packages
If you added the mirror to the FreshRPMs repository, you can add all your packages (using Yumex or Yum) without having to download them separately.
To install these packages manually, go to
and individually download any missing packages.
For example download the following packages in RPM format and store them in the same folder:
- lame et glame
- libdvdcss, libdvdread
- ogle et ogle-gui
- xine et xine-lib
- xmms-mp3, xmms-wma
Install the downloaded packages
Install XMMS first (using Yumex) and then install the packages (as root):
# cd /home/teutates/Download/Multimedia
# rpm -Uvh *.rpm
Win32 codecs are used to read file formats used under Windows OS. They can be downloaded from this link
To install these codecs:
# cd /home/teutates/Download/Multimedia/Codecs
# tar zxvf binaries-011002.tgz
You now have a directory named as win32, copy it in
# cd /home/Teutates/Download/Multimedia/Codecs/win32
# cp -pR /home/Teutates/Download/Multimedia/Codecs/win32 /usr/lib
Installation of Mplayer, VLC, Kaffeine...
For MPlayer and its interface :
# yum install mplayer
# yum install mplayer-gui
# yum install vlc
# yum install kaffeine
The Audio formats
Two media players are available for GNU / Linux:
Helix Player is free and can read the Ogg Vorbis (audio) and Theora ( video ) formats.
Real Player ( a proprietary software) is now based on Helix Player and has features to read most non-free formats (Real Audio , MP3, MPEG- 4 ... ) .
You can download them from the following links:
You can also install the Firefox plugin by copying nphelix.so and nphelix.xpt files to the Plugins folder of Firefox.
By installing RealPlayer using the RPM method, you should find these plugins in:
Copy them to /usr/lib/firefox-188.8.131.52/plugins
Which gives us:
# cp -pR '/usr/local/RealPlayer/mozilla/nphelix.so'
You need to copy:
- MPlayer plugins , which are located in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
- MPlayer components that are located in /usr/lib/mozilla/components.
# cp -pR '/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/mplayerplug-in-gmp.so'
'/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/mplayerplug-in-qt.so' '/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/mplayerplug-in-rm.so' '/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/mplayerplug-in.so' '/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/mplayerplug-in-wmp.so'
# cp -pR '/usr/lib/mozilla/components/mplayerplug-in-gmp.xpt' '/usr/lib/mozilla/components/mplayerplug-in-qt.xpt' '/usr/lib/mozilla/components/mplayerplug-in-rm.xpt' '/usr/lib/mozilla/components/mplayerplug-in-wmp.xpt' '/usr/lib/mozilla/components/mplayerplug-in.xpt' '/usr/lib/firefox-184.108.40.206/components'
Adobe - Macromedia Flash Player
Download the source package from
Close your web browser.
# cd /home/Teutates/Download/Flash_player_7
# tar zxvf flash_player_7_linux.tar.gz
# cd /home/Teutates/Download/Flash_player_7/install_flash_player_7_linux
Follow the instructions:
To indicate the installation path of the browser:
If you have other browsers press <y> and specify the path again.
Download the package from
At the end of the installation don't forget to insert a symbolic link:
# ln -s /usr/java/jre1.5.0_06/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so /usr/lib/firefox-220.127.116.11/plugins
If you want to install Adobe Reader (instead of using open source alternatives such as GSView , KGhostView , KPDF , Xpdf ) download from:
# cd /home/Teutates/Download
# rpm -Uvh /home/Teutates/Download/AdobeReader_fra-7.0.5-1.i386.rpm
Or use the tar.gz package:
# cd /home/Teutates/Download
# tar zxvf AdobeReader_fra-7.0.5-1.i386.tar.gz
# cd ./AdobeReader
- Choose the installation directory:
Follow the instructions and at the end of the installation don't forget to indicate the path to your browser:
Latest update on September 3, 2013 at 07:42 AM by