How can I watch videos in Firefox on Linux?
One of the things I like to do is watching videos on the Internet inside my browser. Doing so on Unix systems is not complicated and only requires a plugin. In this tutorial we will learn how to do it on CentOS with Gnome and Firefox.
In order to watch streaming videos on the Internet in Firefox, you need to install the MPlayer plugin and the codecs:
1. In your terminal, issue the following command to install the MPlayer plugin:
$ su - # yum install mplayerplug-in
2. Download the codecs, save them on your desktop and extract them into the codecs directory:
# tar xvjpf Desktop/essential-20060611.tar.bz2 -C /usr/lib/win32/ # cd /usr/lib/win32/ # mv essential-20060611/* . && rm -fr essential-20060611
3. Double-check your codecs are in your codecs directory:
# ls /usr/lib/win32/ acelpdec.ax iac25_32.ax msms001.vwp tvqdec.dll vssh264.dll alf2cd.acm icmw_32.dll msscds32.ax VDODEC32.dll vsshdsd.dll aslcodec_dshow.dll imc32.acm nsrt2432.acm vdowave.drv vsslight.dll atrac3.acm ir41_32.dll qpeg32.dll vid_3ivX.xa vsswlt.dll atrc.so.6.0 ir50_32.dll qtmlClient.dll ViVD2.dll wma9dmod.dll AvidQTAVUICodec.qtx ivvideo.dll QuickTimeEssentials.qtx vivog723.acm wmadmod.dll BeHereiVideo.qtx jp2avi.dll QuickTimeInternetExtras.qtx vmnc.dll wmsdmod.dll CLRVIDDC.DLL LCMW2.dll QuickTime.qts voxmsdec.ax wmspdmod.dll clrviddd.dll LCODCCMW2E.dll README vp4vfw.dll wmv9dmod.dll cook.so lhacm.acm rt32dcmp.dll vp5vfw.dll wmvadvd.dll CtWbJpg.DLL lsvxdec.dll sipr.so.6.0 vp6vfw.dll wmvdmod.dll DECVW_32.DLL m3jp2k32.dll tm20dec.ax vp7vfw.dll wnvwinx.dll drvc.so mi-sc4.acm tokf.so.6.0 vssh264core.dll wvc1dmod.dll dspr.so.6.0 msh261.drv tokr.so.6.0 vssh264dec.dll
4. Done! Now you can watch any wmv (windows media video), avi, mpg, asf or qt video. Just close and reopen Firefox and enjoy yourself!
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