How to Play Videos, Music in Fedora : Install VLC
If you are frustrated with the available media players in Fedora, that won’t play any music or video, not even an MP3 file, then don’t worry, simply follow few steps to install VLC media player on your Fedora PC or Laptop.
Btw, VLC is the most popular media player for laptops and is also supported on linux.
Installing VLC in Fedora 9, Fedora 10 and Fedora 11
Open Terminal (Applications > Sytem Tools > Terminal). Type in these commands.
$> su - #> rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm #> yum install vlc #> yum install mozilla-vlc (optional)
Use these commands to install VLC Player in your Fedora PC directly from the command base, the Terminal. (Downloads around 44MB at max. speed). Leave comments to ask or suggest.
If you are also using windows check Best Free Music Players to Get High Quality Sound in Laptops and also how to Increase Laptop Volume, Sound Quality in Speakers.
Alternative Way of Playing Videos & Movies in Fedora
Configuring Fedora 8 to play videos is one of the toughest task. This is because Redhat & Fedora are designed not for entertainment and in
respect of multimedia license and copyright issues.
Here’s a list of task I performed to enable my laptop to play MPEG, AVI,FLV and WMV files.
1. install repositories of livna
#rpm -ivh livna-release-8.rpm
2. install pulseaudio-libs
-due to dependency problem during mplayer installation
-download and install pulseaudio-libs-0.9.8-5.fc8.i386.rpm from
3. install lzo and libdvdnav-4 required by mplayer
download and install these packages
4. install mplayer (multimedia player) package
yum install mplayer
5. install mplayer gui application and related codec
yum install gnome-mplayer
yum install mencoder
Also Read : Top Ten Most Popular Linux Distributions