How To Install On Debian with Several Codecs
These step by step instructions have been tested on June 25, 2005
I have tested this how-to on Etch (Testing).
This howto only includes codecs for win32, Quicktime, RealPlayer, Live.com (streaming for protocols such as reaplayer), and some less common AVI.
Not up for doing all of this? There are unofficial debian packages provided by marillat: read more
Files to download
win32codecs.tar.bz2 - 6.3 M (mirror1 | mirror2)
divx4linux-20020418.tgz - 288 K (mirror1 | mirror2)
live.2005.06.16.tar.gz - 398 K (mirror2)
qt6dlls.tar.bz2 - 2.5 M (mirror1 | mirror2)
rp8codecs.tar.bz2 - 380 K (mirror1 | mirror2) OR rp9codecs.tar.bz2 - 500 K (mirror1 | mirror2)
(some realplayer stuff wont work with 8, some won't work with 9, you just need to choose which is best for you. I use 8, so in my directions I will be using that, just change the number if you want to use 9)
Since I don't know where you are downloading these to, you will just need to move them to the proper place when I ask you to unpack them.
Uninstalling Old Version
If you have an older version of mplayer on your system remove all traces of it (if you used a deb do dpkg -P mplayer then go through your system and make sure EVERYTHING for mplayer is gone, some things will not be removed with dpkg -P). This step is VERY important.
Things from apt
apt-get install libogg0 libogg-dev libvorbis0a libvorbis-dev vorbis-tools libpng3 libpng2-dev liblogfile-rotate-perl libconfhelper-perl debhelper fakeroot g++ libgtk1.2 libgtk1.2-dev svgalibg1 svgalibg1-dev aalib1 aalib1-dev libsdl1.2-dev
NOTE: Make sure your gcc and g++ versions match!
Installing the Codecs
rm -r /usr/lib/win32
(If it exists. These are the w32 codecs, don't worry, we will replace these later, you can pack them up and move them if you are really concerned about losing them)
tar -jxvvf win32codecs.tar.bz2
tar -jxvvf qt6dlls.tar.bz2
Live.com Codecs (for streaming realplayer)
tar -xvvzf live.2005.06.16.tar.gz
divx4linux package, added support for filetypes like AVI (see http://avifile.sourceforge.net/ for more)
tar -xvvzf divx4linux-20020418.tgz
tar -jxvvf rp8codecs.tar.bz2
Setting up the ~/.mplayer directory
(you can skip this if you have your own configs and settings, and/or don't want to use gmplayer)
become your user
tar -xvvf mplayer-user-conf.tar
this will create the ~/.mplayer directory including a skin (neutron), arial size 18 font, and config file
in line 27 of the ~/.mplayer/gui.conf file, change: font_name = "/home/lyz/.mplayer/font/font.desc" to reflect your username (I havent found a way around this step, ~ doesn't work).
Creating the .deb and installing mplayer
tar -jxvvf MPlayerVersion.tar.bz2 (where 'Version' is your version, ie -1.0pre7)
DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS="--disable-runtime-cpudetection --enable-gui --disable-rtc --enable-live --with-livelibdir=/usr/local/lib/live --enable-real --with-reallibdir=/usr/src/mplayer/rp8codecs/" fakeroot debian/rules binary
Make sure there aren't spaces between -- and any-of-the-options
when it's finished compiling, it will create an mplayerVersion.deb file in /usr/src/mplayer
dpkg -i mplayerVersion.deb
when it asks about video output choose which is right for you, if unsure just use xv
launch mplayer by typing mplayer moviefile (where moviefile is the name of the file you wish to use to test mplayer)
You're done! Congrats!
This also includes gmplayer. gmplayer allows you to use "skins" for mplayer, I don't usually use skins because I don't need the gui control, and the skins tend to take away from speed and quailty of movie decoding.
In debian unstable, in September of 2003 the following was noted: "The gtk1.2 and gtk1.2-dev was not found within the sources. This made the building of the deb file abort quickly. A bit of searching the web and guessing made me try install libgtkmm-dev. This did it. The following dpkg -i went fine." (thanks Helge)
It was also noted that in unstable xv might not work properly as a video output, try x11.
Sometimes you will want to watch realplayer files that are .ram; remember that a .ram can be viewed as a simple text file with the stream location of the actual .rm is in that file. mplayer will not play the .ram but it will play the .rm stream. (Apparently there is a patch out so that mplayer will play .ram but I have never used it).
There is an mplayer in apt, why would I want to install this one?
If you are at this site, you probably know the answer to this. The one in apt is an older version, and above all, does not support the quicktime codecs.
Something broke, can you help?
I might be able to, as I said, I have tested this, and if something broke it might be a conflict in versions (stable vs testing vs unstable vs mixed system) or a simple user error. It is quite possibly due to not completely uninstalling previous versions of mplayer, this is a very important step! If all else fails, you can always uninstall the deb, and reinstall what you had before.
I'm not on debian but I want to install mplayer, any pointers?
Not really, I could point you to some sites I have found for other distros, but I have never tried them, so I can't guarantee they will work.
Why don't you include more codecs?
Are there many more? I have included the ones I primarily use, so these are the only codecs I have installed and tested.
What about DVD support?
I don't have a DVD-ROM, so I have no way of testing DVD support, sorry.