Getting videos to play on Fedora 26

You must have faced the new linux user time ( I am currently in it ). Atleast I had faced it. When you don’t know anything about what this linux thing does , the only hope you have is to atleast get a video to play on this different Operating System . You go to the folder where you kept the videos , double click it , and voila ! An error springs up saying something about the H264 and some Mpeg 4 aac decoder thing . So you try to click the option to install it from software (That’s in case you’re having a Fedora Gnome edition ) . After banging your head on some commands and some tries you’re Fed up . Now, Worry not !

So what you gotta do is follow this thread on fedoraproject. Let’s summarize the steps I took :

Firstlyl , you’ve to setup the RPMFusion repository (Free and Non-Free) :

$  sudo dnf install$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

It consists of 2 urls . One for Free and One for Non-Free.

Or if this looks scary , you can use two commands for the same purpose . Just use the 2 urls above , separately.

Now, all you need to do is to install the codecs. But how to find out 2 from such big collections. Well, it turns out , you have a better option. To install the codecs that you might even require in future :

sudo dnf install gstreamer1-{ffmpeg,libav,plugins-{good,ugly,bad{,-free,-nonfree}}} --setopt=strict=0

You’re now completely setup with the basic codecs for playing videos and audios without having to install any other video player.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jim says:

    There is an easier way, you could use a Fedora remix like Korora which is Fedora with all of that set up for you.

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    1. storymode7 says:

      Lovely ! But as I am a newbie to the whole Linux thing , I thought that getting the Normal Official Fedora and topping it on the way , might as well help me to learn a thing or two .
      Thanks , for the suggestion ! I’ll surely try a remix . 🙂


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