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How To Get Ubuntu To Play WMV Files May 13, 2009

Posted by ModelR in Everything LINUX.
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This was taken from a guide located here

Note: The version we are installing for is Jaunty (Ubuntu 9.04)

  1. Install mplayer using Synaptic Package Manager or the command sudo apt-get install mplayer
  2. Then type the command sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/jaunty.list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
  3. Then add the GPG Key using these commands:sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring then sudo apt-get update
  4. If your running i386 enter this command sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2 if your on amd64 enter this command sudo apt-get install w64codecs libdvdcss2
  5. Install the mplayer plugin for Firefox sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer
  6. If you like you can also install the smplayer front end for mplayer sudo apt-get install smplayer

That should get the player working on your system.  These codecs are not installed by default due to legal restrictions.

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1. arif - June 1, 2009

I’ve searched elsewhere, can’t find any useful solution. Thanks a lot!

ModelR - June 1, 2009

Glad to help!

2. Paulo - November 27, 2009

Thanks for these tips. everything worked perfectly well.

3. p.chowdhuri - January 14, 2010


We could not install mplayer or mozila-mplayer when we follow the process of installation mplayer mozila-player an error occuring this time that E: couldn’t not find package mesibuntu-keyring…

some body help me…..

ModelR - January 18, 2010

Did you follow the step that says:
sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring
That should install the package medibuntu-keyring

4. Michael Irwin - February 1, 2010

Problem with

sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/jaunty.list


Are these all one line ?

ModelR - February 1, 2010

Yes it should be all one line
sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/jaunty.list –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

5. artpablico - February 2, 2010

Thanks it worked by installing MPlayer.

6. Louis - March 9, 2010


I have this when trying the sudo wget on one line :
wget: unable to resolve host address `–output-document=’

Tried ssome other ways but no luck…

ModelR - March 9, 2010

The formatting of this webpage makes the command look misleading. Try typing the entire command in step two on one line with spaces in between.

7. will.v.king - March 28, 2010

can’t find package in step 3 and also step 4….

ModelR - March 30, 2010

make sure you have performed step #2 correctly.

8. k.simpson - April 23, 2010

Steps 1-4 were successful but have this error when attempting step 5.

E: Couldn’t find package mozilla-mplayer

ModelR - April 23, 2010

Not sure if they have changed the package name. Have you installed the keyring and such?

9. Chris - May 3, 2010

Folks having trouble should go to https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu and follow their instructions for Adding the Repository in place of steps 1-3.

10. austin - May 5, 2010

just install it from Software Center

11. uki - August 26, 2010

thx a lot, videos work well with smplayer…thx :)

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13. awik1212 - November 12, 2010

thansk for tutor.
have a great time!

14. Dino - November 12, 2010

mozilla-mplayer is now gnome-mplayer.

15. Clyde Doris - March 9, 2011

i had no luck at first because i thought http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/jaunty.list –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
is not in one line

i tried software center, and t worked well for me

16. PaulMtNL - March 25, 2011

Ref comment nr 4: I issued all commands as listed above. The environment command did not work because a “tack”(-) is not allowed and ends in a bash error saying: file not found/does not exist, while it existed in my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS install. When the tack is replaced by an “underscore”(_) then it works, e.g.:
“export output_document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

17. manu - June 12, 2011

you can try this worked for me in ubuntu 10.10
go to
download all all-20071007.tar.bz2
then extract it.
then go to terminal and type
sudo mkdir /usr/lib/codecs
and then copy all contents of all-20071007 to /usr/lib/codecs/ (only copying wmsdmod.dll will also do)
sudo cp ‘path to all-20071007′/* /usr/lib/codecs/

then play it using mplayer(or smplayer). It will work.

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