Satyajit Ranjeev

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Playing mp3 and other codecs on Fedora

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With the merger of livna, freshrpms and dribble as rpmfusion things got better on Fedora. If you were having an eye on the ubuntu systems for their ease of installation with respect to codecs, we have a breakthrough in Fedora systems.

Well here is a screenshot tour of how the enabling of rpmfusion makes things easier on our parts.

Assume I wanted to play 01 Jethro Tull – Living in The Past.mp3 file.


The moment I click on the file totem media player opens with this window.


Now if you have not enabled the rpmfusion repo you will not get the following options but others which you might end up paying for. With rpmfusion enabled the following appears.


And the next


Thus the download begins…


The installation proceeds and finally I can listen to Tull at peace.

All this time I mentioned about “enabling the rpmfusion repo”. Some might just ask how to do it. Follow one of the steps below.

1. Go to this link

2. Follow the rules given there, you could either choose the graphical method or the command line.

This works with Fedora 10 and 11. I am not sure if it works on 9 as I have not tested it and will not work on 8 as it does not use Package Kit.

Written by Ranjeev Satyajit

April 25, 2009 at 7:26 am

20 Responses

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  1. Hi, interesting post. I have been pondering this issue,so thanks for posting. I will probably be subscribing to your blog. Keep up great writing

  2. […] into the system of Fedora things have become very impressive especially in installing codecs.  My previous post describes how additional codecs can be easily detected and installed with minimum configuration, […]

  3. Too bad this doesn’t work in KDE.


    June 11, 2009 at 6:48 pm

  4. Which theme are you using?

    Ali Almahdi

    June 15, 2009 at 8:03 pm

  5. I am having a big problem playing my ipod songs. I have rythmbox installed and it does ask to search for plugins but eventually says that it couldn’t find any. This is in Fedora 11. Am i missing something?


    June 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    • Did you install the rpmfusion repo?
      Install rpmfusion repository to get media codes like mp3 and dvd playback. Go to to install it. After installing / configuring it Package Kit will automatically probe and download codecs for the media you are trying to play.

      Ranjeev Satyajit

      June 16, 2009 at 4:55 pm

      • MAN!!!!
        YOU SAFE MY LIFE:)))) THANKS A LOT!!!!


        August 30, 2009 at 11:59 am

  6. Man I COULD KISS YOU!!! I was about to smash my laptop on the ground out of frustration, looking EVERYWHERE for those codecs and libs I needed to play my MP3, since Amarok and Banshee just remained “idle” whenever I hit “play”. Thanks a lot!!!.

    As you can see, I’m a newbie to Fedora, but have been a Kubuntu user for quite some time now. Thanks again.


    June 26, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    • Glad I could be of some assistance. Let me know what were the difficulties in using fedora. I’ll come up with an article on those topics.

      Ranjeev Satyajit

      June 28, 2009 at 1:03 am

  7. Thanks a lot. It worked perfectly!

    Maxime Bely

    July 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm

  8. Good job done.


    August 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm

  9. os nomes dos pacotes ajudaram bastante. só faltou dizer como faz para baixar pelo yum.

    “the names of packages help me so much. just missed to show how do to download using yum”

    su –

    [root@myPCname ~]# yum install gstreamer-plugins-ugly.i586



    October 13, 2009 at 1:24 am

  10. I have ben instaled plugin from console with dependens
    # yum install gstreamer-plugin*


    October 19, 2009 at 4:51 am

  11. Good Job, Keep it up

    Venkata Rama Krishna Boddu

    November 13, 2009 at 2:40 am

  12. :) thanks for the great work put by those involved and this blog


    January 24, 2010 at 4:41 am

  13. when installing error displays:repomd.xml not find .
    what is actual problem .
    new application not getting installed.
    please help me out.


    January 28, 2010 at 8:28 am

  14. Es todo cabron hasta que encontre uno que si supiera bien jeje good job

    Victor Castillo Rivas

    March 16, 2010 at 10:05 pm

  15. Thanks for for posting this info in such a clear and simple way. After a week of trying to solve this problem I was able to get it done with first try. Thanks again, gtempleton2 from Indiana

    Gary Templeton

    April 9, 2010 at 1:26 am

  16. thanq very much dud … keep rocking


    December 28, 2010 at 5:04 am

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