How to play .rmvb files in Ubuntu

This tutorial will take you step by step through installing all of the software necessary to play rmvb (RealMedia Variable Bitrate) files in Ubuntu Linux.

Though the steps and screenshots are specific to Ubuntu, they will likely be similar for other versions of Linux. With that said, be sure to read the MPlayer README file if you’re not using Ubuntu. Similar to some of the other tutorials on Simplehelp, this is almost certainly not the only way to play .rmvb files in Ubuntu, but it’s the easiest way I could find. If you know of a easier method, by all means please feel free to leave a comment.

  1. The first step in playing .rmvb files in Ubuntu is to use the Synaptic Package Manager to install MPlayer. When you mark MPlayer for installation, you’ll be prompted to install additional software packages (if they’re not already installed).
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  3. After MPlayer has been installed, exit out of the Synaptic Package Manager and visit the MPlayer binary codec download page. Download the codec package for your platform (for example, if you’re using a 32bit Intel or AMD processor, download the Linux x86 package).

    Save the file to your desktop (or home folder). Once the download has completed, double-click that file. Select the folder to uncompress, and click the Extract button.

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  5. Choose a location to extract the files (your desktop is ideal) and again click Extract.
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  7. Make sure the files extracted correctly. They’ll be in a folder titled essential-date.
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  9. Open up a Terminal by selecting Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal.
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  11. Enter the following commands (and your password when prompted):

    cd Desktop
    cd essential-date
    sudo mkdir /usr/lib/codecs
    sudo cp * /usr/lib/codecs

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  13. NOTE: you may need to install libstdc++5 to get .rmvb files to play. Even though it might not be necessary for you, it can’t hurt to install (the package isn’t very big). Run the command: sudo apt-get install libstdc++5 in a Terminal, or use Synaptic and search for libstdc++5. Thanks to everyone who commented (see comments below) for the tip.
  14. Launch MPLayer by selecting Applications -> Sound & Video -> MPlayer Movie Player. Right-click in the Mplayer – Video window and select Preferences from the menu.
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  16. Select the Video tab and change the Available drivers: to x11 X11 (XImage/Shm).
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  18. Select the Codecs & demuxer tab and change the Video codec family: to RealVideo decoder and the Audio codec family: to FFmpeg/libavcodec audio decoders. When you’re done, click OK and close down MPlayer.
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  20. Locate one of your .rmvb files, right-click it and select Properties.
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  22. Select the Open With tab and change whatever the default is to MPlayer Movie Player. Click Close.
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  24. Double-click any of your .rmvb files and they should open up in MPlayer and start playing.
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{ 166 comments… add one }
  • Robby August 17, 2007, 5:44 am

    W0o0 got mine to work!!

    but i dont get what step 9 does…

  • Ross McKillop August 17, 2007, 4:25 pm


    It changes the default codec (audio and video) for MPlayer. Without those changes, I was unable to get rmvb files to play. I’m not sure they’re 100% required for EVERY rmvb file, but I only had two to test with (and neither worked without the changes).



  • Bruno August 20, 2007, 11:02 am

    Thanks a lot. This tutorial is quit simple and yet very useful. Once again, thanks for your help.

  • matthew August 29, 2007, 2:34 pm

    hi i got a error message after following ur steps
    “Mplayer interrrupted by signal 11 in module:init_audio_codec”

    any suggestion to solve this will be appreciated

  • wanasoo September 26, 2007, 3:15 am

    Great.. except putting the dummy fool’s picture in Mplayer.. Great thanks far apart from that!!

  • Eduardo October 7, 2007, 5:05 pm

    thank you very much!

  • Ravi October 11, 2007, 6:33 am

    I came across this page and successfully played all my media files using mplayer in ubuntu. today i tried reinstalling ubuntu and now when i installed mplayer as above, rmvb files dont play in mplayer. any idea what might be the problem? can you mail me any solution.
    thanks a lot

  • Ravi October 12, 2007, 6:01 am

    Thanks for the reply, its just that rmvb doesnt play, all others, wmv, avi, vob all play. what do you think might be the problem? i’m thinking to reinstall again.

  • Vincent FANG October 19, 2007, 3:13 am

    If you installed Ubuntu 7.10 and your mplayer can not play rmvb.

    Try following steps,

    1. Open Synaptic Package Manager.
    2. Search libstdc++5 and install it.
    3. Download new Codec from and install it.

  • Manny October 19, 2007, 9:27 am

    This is great… it just works… perfectly. :)

    P.S: Im on Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn.

  • floe October 24, 2007, 5:38 pm

    Thanks :)

    Installing the libstdc++5 did it for me
    Now im able to watch my rmvb files :)

  • Kris October 31, 2007, 1:04 am

    Thank you! I’m using Feisty, and the tutorial worked.. MPlayer is now playing all my movie files with ease. I only have one issue.. when I go to fullscreen, my movies don’t resize, just the window does. Is this normal??

  • Kris October 31, 2007, 1:27 am

    Ah-ha! Changed my video codec to xv and that fixed it. Lost some video quality, but hey.. what can you do?

  • Spanishs Bombs.. October 31, 2007, 5:42 pm

    ;)! Thanks!

  • Cloud November 4, 2007, 3:51 pm

    woot thanks for the tutorial, real helpful and straightforward.

  • Leandro Facchinetti November 5, 2007, 9:05 pm

    Worked in Gusty Gibbon. It’s the first tutorial that I’ve followed and worked for me. Thanks a lot.

  • DJiNN November 8, 2007, 8:09 am

    Just had to say “THANKS!” for this “HowTo”…. Worked 100% and really made a difference….. Now i’m gonna have to look around at the site to see what other gems reside within! :)

  • AirV November 11, 2007, 11:51 am

    Thanks you for my daughter ;-)

  • Owen November 14, 2007, 12:58 am

    Thanks! Great instructions – worked for me

  • luf November 17, 2007, 5:00 am

    why it doesn’t work? I’ve been followed the instruction(using gutsy gibon+5 repository), please help?

  • Sutefu November 18, 2007, 5:32 am

    Yay, it works! Thanks so much!

  • Sergio November 20, 2007, 9:36 pm

    For the newest version of MPlayer the default codec directory is /usr/lib/codecs. (Working with essential-20071007 and MPlayer-1.0rc2)

  • Manish November 22, 2007, 6:53 pm

    Thanks. Works like a charm :)

  • Karasu November 28, 2007, 1:13 am

    I still having problems with it even after installing libstdc++5 and redirect directory to “/usr/lib/codecs”. I got the error message “Cannot find codec matching selected -vo and video format 0x30345652” and no video is played. Audio works normally though. Any ideas what went wrong? :s

  • Peggy December 1, 2007, 3:38 am

    cheer, awesome instruction!

  • saukya December 4, 2007, 7:58 am

    instaling libstdc++5 make it is work..thanks

  • Johnson December 9, 2007, 7:20 am

    Thank you so much!
    omega super helpful.
    after following Ross and Vincent instruction…
    everything works like magic.

  • Gab December 16, 2007, 4:00 am


  • keky December 21, 2007, 9:08 pm

    I have followed what you showed up,BUT my mplayer still can not work properly….sos.

  • shivam December 26, 2007, 2:14 pm

    It works on my Ubuntu 7.10 The Gutsy Gibbon

  • na8 January 3, 2008, 7:43 pm

    thanks a lot.

  • TechEvidence January 14, 2008, 12:31 pm

    Thank for the guide.
    To the peopl who still have video problem but audio ok:
    just cp (copy past) the codecs u have downloaded in a new folder called codecs in usr lib.

  • Ashish January 16, 2008, 2:04 am

    I have the problem mentioned above, audio but no video. And i cant cp the file as i don’t have permission. Can you please help me? thx.

  • Memyself March 7, 2008, 2:08 pm

    Hey man! Thanks a lot! It worked.
    By the way, here I use Kubuntu Gutsy Gibbon!
    — Hey windows! I’m over you! :)

  • J. Lai March 11, 2008, 7:49 am

    to Ashish on Jan 16, 2008

    Try to drag and drop your rmvb file to mplay. Read all the comments above.

    One more thing, in my case X11/Xv is all right; the X11(XImage/Shm) can play rmvb but cannot enlarge the video.

    Thanks for this post!

  • Andrade @ Portugal March 16, 2008, 7:10 am

    Thank you.

  • Ivã March 23, 2008, 9:28 am

    Worked for me too, im Kubuntu 7.10

    Thank you

  • Sam March 28, 2008, 3:10 am

    It work on my Hardy(8.04) Beta. Thanks

  • Seba April 15, 2008, 8:19 am

    Works fine, if you copy the files into “codecs”. Thanks a lot.

  • Jacobo SernA April 17, 2008, 2:59 pm

    thank you very much!!!!

  • Vini April 20, 2008, 4:55 am

    to stretch the video use driver gl (x11/OpenGl).

  • freedom April 22, 2008, 12:04 am

    Nice Tutorial.

  • Luxy May 2, 2008, 2:27 am

    Thanks a lot!!! It works now :D

  • George May 11, 2008, 4:49 am

    hey! thanks alot for this great tutorial.

    I’m Using Ubuntu 8.04 final, and it didnt work out in the first place.

    after installing libstdc++5 from synaptic
    and copying the codecs to /usr/lib/codecs

    everything worked fine!
    (dont know which one of them made the difference, it probably has been only be the directory change)

  • Virginia May 14, 2008, 7:40 am

    I’m using Ubuntu 8.04 and cannot play rmvb files. No images but sound in Mplayer. I wonder how you manage to play rmvb files? and after installing the libstdc++5 how to copy those codec to /usr/lib/codec ?
    Thanks a lot!

  • JeSTeR7 May 16, 2008, 8:19 pm

    I can’t believe people are still encoding in any sort of Real format. What is this, 1997?

  • Cameron Smith May 17, 2008, 12:44 pm

    Thanks v. much, worked a treat!

  • chileno May 18, 2008, 5:48 pm

    thanx it work for me…

    gracias, funciono!!

  • ArericH.K May 20, 2008, 9:28 am

    thnks for tutorial.. its work when i made usr/lib/codecs..
    im using ubuntu 8.04…

  • Eric May 22, 2008, 5:10 pm

    Thanks!!! After changing the directory to codecs and downloading the latest libstdc++5 it worked!!!!

  • Stephanie May 24, 2008, 6:12 pm

    I am using Ubuntu 8.04. I am able to play my rmvb files, but I can’t play them in full screen. How can I play them in full screen? Thanks.

  • Erik May 25, 2008, 8:28 pm

    ^ Heroes :D ThankY!!!

  • wave2 May 31, 2008, 11:09 am

    It worked perfect for me
    thank you for this easy step-by-step guide
    Ubuntu 7.10 64-bit

  • RJ June 2, 2008, 2:42 am

    Thank you. Everything worked for me after I renamed /usr/lib/win32 to /usr/lib/codecs.

  • Ronny June 2, 2008, 7:05 am

    On Ubuntu 8.04,

    you have to install libstdc++5 from synaptic
    and copying the codecs to /usr/lib/codecs!!!

    Great Tutorial!

  • Dhanuraj June 4, 2008, 4:26 am


    After following these steps, it plays the audio but the video could not be played, sometimes not even the audio!!

    It throws an error message:
    Cannot find codec matching selected -vo and video
    format (hex address)


    Cannot find codec for audio format (hex address)

    What could be the reason? Any possible solutions?

  • Ross McKillop June 4, 2008, 7:16 am


    Take a look at the comments on the post – you probably just have to move the codecs to another folder, esp. if you’re using 8.04

  • liang June 11, 2008, 12:06 am

    sudo apt-get install libstdc++5
    this is what you need if you can’t watch rmvb

    by the way, when he asked you to copy the binary into /usr/lib/win32, instead copy everything from the folder you downloaded online into /usr/lib/codec

  • Charlie Zh June 27, 2008, 12:44 am

    Cool! after installing libstdc++5, it works! Thank you ^v^

  • vedang June 29, 2008, 11:05 am

    thanks a lot…
    please change the tutorial to reflect the sudo cp * /usr/lib/codecs change.

  • Kumar July 5, 2008, 2:09 pm

    Problem- “Cannot find codec matching selected -vo and video format 0×30345652″

    Solution- Go to=> Synaptic package manager and search for win32 codec, then choose and select apply.

  • Crafton July 5, 2008, 7:00 pm

    Works like a charm! Hardy 8.04 64-bit

  • Varun July 7, 2008, 8:50 am


    Can’t tell you how much I needed this. I had tried everything, even installed RealPlayer for Linux, but it was only giving audio with no video…

    I had the same problem, but your suggestion worked flawlessly….I have fiesty too.

    Thanks everyone.

  • Frank July 10, 2008, 3:50 pm

    for the latest version of ubuntu,mplayer and its codecs. I think libstdc++5 is essential for mplayer to play rmvb files. If you get libstdc++5 and create the codecs folder, it will work for sure:)

  • Dan July 20, 2008, 9:52 pm


  • Giovanni July 21, 2008, 7:53 pm

    I have a different version of mplayer i think. in my preferences i dont have a tab for video. just audio, display and video :s
    any suggestions?

  • Hemotivo July 22, 2008, 9:08 pm

    works great!

  • Mat July 31, 2008, 5:35 pm

    Thanks guys, once I installed the libstdc++5 codec all was well.

    sudo apt-get install libstdc++5

  • Francisco August 7, 2008, 9:24 pm

    you don’t need mplayer only add more non-free plugins:

    1.-open terminal

    2.-sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

    3.-sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

    4.-sudo apt-get install w32codecs

    5.-sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

    this work in Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron”:

    for other version check ->

  • samba August 12, 2008, 4:20 pm

    that is good . merci

  • Ecubuntu August 14, 2008, 10:46 pm

    Thanks a lot. Work great. Dhanuraj just creat a directory /usr/lib/codec and copy all files from the folder essential-20071007 and install the library libstdc++5 that all

  • shiva August 22, 2008, 11:41 am

    This isn’t working for me. I followed all the steps, but when i try to play a .rmvb file, I get an error message saying “Cannot find codec matching selected -vo and video format 0x30345652”. It then plays the soundtrack from the .rmvb file, but not the video…

  • Am-x September 12, 2008, 7:42 am

    great tutorial but the video play slowly. why? how can i fix it?

  • blue September 18, 2008, 11:21 am

    followed all the steps but MPlayer plays only the audio part of the clip not the video and gives error msg = Cannot find codes matching selected -vo and video format 0x30345652

  • Gustavo September 22, 2008, 3:53 pm

    Muy bueno el tutorial pero sin los comentarios no hubiera funcionado en mi ubuntu 8.04
    Solo queda pendiente que no puedo ver pantalla completa. Por favor si alguien lo soluciono seria muy bueno que indique como. Gracias.

  • lily October 7, 2008, 12:05 am

    How creat a directory /usr/lib/codec and copy all files from the folder essential-20071007?

  • aily October 7, 2008, 12:49 am

    cd Desktop
    cd essential-date
    sudo mkdir /usr/lib/win32
    sudo cp * /usr/lib/win32
    cd Desktop
    cd essential-date
    sudo mkdir /usr/lib/codecs
    sudo cp * /usr/lib/codecs

  • tokhi October 29, 2008, 1:03 pm

    I am using ubuntu 8.10 beta version.
    I have followed the above instructions but it’s not working for me, when i play the rmvb file I have the audio but there is no video and I get this error message:
    can not find codec matching selected -vo and video format 0x30345652.

  • raaiman November 2, 2008, 2:06 am

    i got the reverse, did all that and i get video but no audio.

  • nass November 2, 2008, 5:23 pm

    thank you so much!!!

    i’m using Ubuntu 8.10

    i did everything as you said except in Step 6 i used the following:

    sudo mkdir /usr/lib/codecs
    sudo cp * /usr/lib/codecs

    and it works.

    thanks again

  • Mike November 5, 2008, 2:08 pm

    I confirm changing step 6 to:

    sudo mkdir /usr/lib/codecs
    sudo cp * /usr/lib/codecs

    Works in 8.10.

    To get fullscreen use OpenGL.

    Thanks very much for this tutorial, I really hate Realplayer.

  • Nguyen November 16, 2008, 8:56 am

    Hi thanks guys,
    In Ubuntu 8.10:
    Follow Ross’ instructions. Replace /usr/lib/win32 with /usr/lib/codecs as Sergio pointed out.
    It works instantly. Don’t have to do any further step.

  • Patrick November 18, 2008, 12:09 pm

    I prefer download the real player available for linux, it’s sooo much easier, in formats of : deb, rpm and bin

  • vosime November 20, 2008, 1:46 am


    i downloaded and install RealPLayer for linux from real media home page (

    it plays rmvb files smoothlry and successfully.


  • Jan November 27, 2008, 8:39 am

    Instructions work for me as well (using ubuntu 8.10 intrepid ibex) provided that:

    (1) the installation directory is changed from /usr/lib/win32 to /usr/lib/codecs and
    (2) that libstdc++5 is installed: sudo apt-get install libstdc++5

    Thanks for the instructions!


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  • Deniz December 16, 2008, 6:41 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. Works for 8.10 Intrepid Ibex.

  • boris baran December 18, 2008, 11:40 pm

    You rule!! It worked for me perfectly!!

  • Yoanna December 24, 2008, 7:12 am

    Thank you very much! It worked! I’m amazed :) How do you people know these things?

  • Roland Kramer December 29, 2008, 8:43 am

    Thx a lot , it works!

  • loonyaddy January 1, 2009, 5:29 am

    thx a lot…..worked the first time around :-)
    –Ubuntu Hardy

  • cesar January 8, 2009, 2:05 pm

    thanks for the tutorial, but i am having a propblem:
    when i try to open the synaptic, the messages appear:

    E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run ‘dpkg –configure -a’ to correct the problem.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    i try to run on terminal the command, but it tells that I must be an superadministrator.
    please help me out

  • boris baran January 8, 2009, 2:23 pm

    @ cesar
    type it way:
    sudo dpkg –configure -a
    sudo executes stuff with superuser rights (superuser do). Could be useful with other stuff but be extreme careful: one wrong command and your system is ******!!

  • reg January 10, 2009, 3:50 am

    Ehm, i’m new with ubuntu, i have hardy heron 64bit, which Binary Codec Packages should i download?


  • hung January 10, 2009, 8:00 pm

    thank a lot

  • cesar January 13, 2009, 4:16 am

    it does not work
    it appears that the option is unknown
    anyway, thanks a lot for the help
    I appreciated that

  • boris baran January 13, 2009, 4:29 am

    try it with an double hyphen before the configure. i think the blog software corrupted it to a bigger hyphen und the prog does not know that. or have you tried it already?

  • Benson January 13, 2009, 6:20 am

    Awesome, works on Debian Etch. My mistake was to think that libstdc++6 will work. When I play the rmvb file I get “Mplayer interrrupted by signal 11 in module:init_audio_codec”. You need to specifically use libstdc++5. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Ray January 23, 2009, 9:03 pm

    great guide, however I don’t need to change anymore settings on Mplayer anymore, which means I can play rmvb after step 6 or 7

  • ah_hin January 27, 2009, 9:31 pm

    I tried sudo apt-get install libstdc++5, but it doesn’t work.

    at the end of all the warnings/errors
    it says

    The following packages have unmet dependencis:
    libstdc++5: Depends: gcc-3.3-base (>= 1:3.3.6-15ubuntu4) but it is not installable
    E: Broken packages

    I am trying to do this on my PS3 with 8.10

  • ah_hin January 28, 2009, 10:04 pm

    Got it working finally !
    had to install the gcc-3.3-base package first

    after installing this file, then I could install the libstdc++5
    then voila, Mplayer can play rmvb
    but as somebody mentioned above, when I tried to see it in full screen using OpenGL, the video is stuttering like crazy. Anyway of solving that?

    This is running on my PS3.

  • cperez =) January 29, 2009, 4:43 pm

    Hey thanks for the tip!

    However when double clicking the videos, I also couldn’t play them in full screen mode as reported Stephanie and An_hin.
    However I noticed that when opening the files through the console
    >mplayer myvideo.rmvb [enter]
    mplayer can resize the video correctly. Wonder if this is a bug in the graphical-user-interface =/


  • cperez =) January 30, 2009, 8:33 am

    I take that back, it is not a bug.
    You fix that by adding “zoom=true” to the file $HOME\ .mplayer/config

    >cat $HOME/.mplayer/config
    # Write your default config options here!


  • ah_hin January 30, 2009, 11:03 pm

    thank you cperez

    i typed: echo “zoom=yes” >> ~/.mplayer/config
    to terminal, and it worked

    but the video was stuttering too badly once in full screen.

    So now I need to figure out how to make my PS3 play rmvb in full screen smoother.

  • Toño February 3, 2009, 9:42 pm

    Thank u very much, the tutorial was very simple. I really appreciate your help!!

  • Reindolf February 9, 2009, 4:19 pm

    a very big thank you to you. i tried your way and after months of toiling to get .rm working, i am now able to watch my shows.
    though, the step 9 # Select the Video tab and change the Available drivers: to x11 X11 (XImage/Shm). worked but so well that if the pixels are small, even in full screen mode, the video size will remain small unless changed to x11 X11/Xv where full screen worked for me. the quality depletes but being able to see the video is better than nothing at all.
    once again thank you.

  • remlo February 9, 2009, 7:32 pm

    Thank you very much it work for me very good, althought other options is install realplayer, but it is not available for 64 bits.

  • zee February 12, 2009, 10:40 pm

    Hi guys,

    I have tried it, it successfully plays the video. However, it has no sound. When I double click on the video it says

    “could not open initialize/audio device -> no sound”

    Can anybody help ?


  • Chiquitita February 15, 2009, 1:47 pm

    Applauses! * * *
    Mille Merci! It’s working!

  • obeel February 16, 2009, 7:36 pm

    found an easier way, it’s to download real player for linux. and look for the version for linux….suits a layman like me

  • Sandoval February 17, 2009, 11:36 pm


  • lou February 19, 2009, 2:37 am

    thank you very much. it is working !

  • Wolfknownascrip February 25, 2009, 1:38 am

    Nice tutorial it works with CentOS 5.2
    (keep in mind 64bit MPlayer requires /usr/lib64/codecs)
    Thanks alot!!

  • Bruno March 3, 2009, 5:43 pm

    Hey man.. thanks.. :) it works

  • AJ March 16, 2009, 5:50 pm

    wow this is amazing really works!

  • W March 28, 2009, 1:28 am

    Thanks! It worked for me!

  • Ahmed Hamdy March 29, 2009, 8:01 am

    peace for you all guys
    thanks very much for this information ….. it work properly . but I have a query >>>>>> all movie with *rmvb is working but in small window and I can’t resize it or make it large so what I ganna to do ……
    thanks again

  • cyberwac March 30, 2009, 11:18 am

    Hi Ahmed,

    The answer to youur problem is written by cperez =).


  • Sonia April 5, 2009, 6:30 pm

    You are the best!!!!
    :) :) :)

  • nate carr April 7, 2009, 2:26 pm

    thanks. worked on debian etch after installing the codecs in the specified directory and installing libstdc++5 with aptitude, then choosing the xv/x11 video driver and alsa audio in the preferences menu. changing the audio/video codecs didn’t make any noticeable difference.

  • Wellyson April 10, 2009, 6:19 am

    Depois de tanto pesquisar, enfim consegui instalar os codecs para ler os filmes com extensão .rmvb, graças as dicas fornecidas aqui neste site. Parabéns! E muito obrigado!

  • aliciapg April 17, 2009, 6:39 am

    George Bush…really?

    But otherwise …awesome!! Thanks!

  • Flandoor April 27, 2009, 1:31 pm

    me funciono perfecto en hardy, baje los codecs los instale, instale la libreria q faltaba y anduvo sin ningun otro cambio.. gracias!

  • Belkis April 27, 2009, 10:39 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rosie April 29, 2009, 9:47 pm

    thank you so much
    this is an excellent step by step guide and although i freaked out at one point it was simple and easy to follow :)

  • sarmad May 11, 2009, 2:36 am

    it gives me an error saying
    cannot find codec matching selected -vo and video format 0x30345652

  • Ario May 25, 2009, 10:35 am

    I think I’m the 10000th person who make comment in this post:D
    But God Bless you man. It helps me a lot.
    Now I can watch my copy (I’m sorry that is an illegal copy) Of jomung tv series with ubuntu linux.

  • Magnet torrent May 26, 2009, 6:19 am

    thank you so much

  • tyler June 16, 2009, 10:03 am

    i did all of this but mplayer isnt in my applications :S

  • Fei Fu June 27, 2009, 1:07 am

    THANKS A LOOOT!, it works

  • João Lucas July 10, 2009, 2:19 pm

    Thanks, it work fine.

  • kasia July 17, 2009, 12:27 pm

    i didn’t know what i was doing, but i was soooo happy to see exactly the same windows ;D and it worked, thank you a lot:):)

  • Abhir July 26, 2009, 3:30 am

    This works perfectly! Thanks.

  • Malikge August 4, 2009, 8:21 pm

    Hi, I am using Ubuntu I have tried what u say above and it plays .rmvb files. So Thanks for that.
    But when I play .3gp file, then the video is played but whit no sound. Can anyone help me… Thanks

  • aldy October 1, 2009, 7:55 pm

    thaks, i’m glad to read it….
    see you

  • NP October 5, 2009, 5:15 am

    Thanks. It worked after I installed libstdc++5, having done all else you mentioned here.

  • mr grave.. October 10, 2009, 12:04 pm

    its solve my problem.. tq tq

  • mike November 7, 2009, 12:31 am

    well you could also goto and download the .bin, .rpm or the .deb at the bottom.

  • aklil zenebe November 17, 2009, 6:10 pm

    Thanks a lot! This worked for me.

  • Wesam Alalem November 21, 2009, 3:22 pm

    I was using RealPlayer, It was doing the job but, no seek bar, and also for some videos the image keeps flickering. So I followed these instructions and worked fine for me.
    Except that I couldn’t install “sudo apt-get install libstdc++5” it seems not included in the repository. the video part working fine but no sound, I just started changing Audio driver until it worked [it is oss:ioctl audio output ].
    Thanks a lot )

  • acidblue January 22, 2010, 6:57 pm

    This does not work in 64 bit Ububtu 9.04 and above.

  • nelson February 8, 2010, 9:37 pm

    ooooh, thanks. This work with Debian Lenny! I think mplayer play much better than xine this type of file.
    I see guys.

  • tiezhen February 21, 2010, 12:09 pm

    It works, thank you very much~

  • lumeche April 16, 2010, 10:43 pm

    Viejo. Me funcionó el tutorial a la primera. Mil gracias

  • yavuz May 21, 2010, 1:19 pm

    i try in debian lenny and it works. thank you.

  • eyebug July 25, 2010, 11:27 am

    Thank for sharing…….I can play .rmvb files now………………go Ubuntu!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jacky January 5, 2011, 11:21 am

    Great Solution and very effective and useful , but i think it would be much simpler to just install RealPlayer for linux ( DEB Package ) and just trigger your .rmvb easily , that’s my angle of view :)

    Much Appreciated , Regards


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