How to play .wmv files on Linux

Okayy, So I spent some time trying to get ubuntu to play out .wmv files, it took me a little while to figure that out. Here is how:

1) First you need to download an adequate player. I Personally use “mplayer”

  • You can use synaptic manager and search for it.
  • Or, you could download it using this command ” sudo apt-get install mplayer”

2) Now, Let’s install some packages from medibuntu. For those who don’t know what medibuntu is:

“Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) is a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc).”

  • To download this packages, we use:  “sudo wget –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get –quiet update && sudo apt-get –yes –quiet –allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get –quiet update”

Quite a large command xD.

3) You could also download these additional codecs ” sudo apt-get install w32codes libdvdcss2″ and if your system is 64 bits, replace 32 with 64

4) Now for our final blow, type these two commands:

    • sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/
    • sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

I hope this helps =).

Have a good day!!


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