Fedora does not support MPlayer for some reason. But RPMfusion does it for us. Let’s install mplayer and learn some tricks to play rmvb files.

1. Add RPMfusion repository:

Enable RPM Fusion repositories

2. Install MPlayer

# yum install mplayer

3. Get codecs

Dowload all-yyyymmdd.tar.bz2 from http://www1.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs.

Let’s use all-20100303.tar.bz2 now.

# tar xf all-20100303.tar.bz2
# mkdir -p /usr/local/lib/codecs/
# mv all-20100303/* /usr/local/lib/codecs/

4. Enjoy it!

5. Play rmvb files

If there is no video or mplayer crashes when playing .rmvb files, you need to install libstdc++ libraries:

# yum install libstdc++ compat-libstdc++-33 compat-libstdc++-296

Then try using mplay to play rmvb files again. It should work now.

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