Monday, August 20, 2012

Install Non-Free Multimedia Codecs in Debian

Debian GNU/Linux is a free and open-source operating system, that brings only free software/applications by default.

For most users, although the applications included in official Debian iso release are capable to handle most everyday computing tasks, but sometimes they still need to use additional codecs especially to deal with certain types of file like mp3 audio, Java plugin, Adobe flash, or basic MS fonts that is included in an office document, or other proprietary formats.


Fortunately, the non-free format can be easily installed in Debian system. FYI, in Ubuntu world I believe that most of us know that to install most used non-free multimedia codecs in Ubuntu OS all we have to do is installing a single meta-package with a famous Terminal command sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras. In Debian OS, there is no such meta-package, but no worry, we can also install the codecs in Debian too, in easy way.

Simply run the following single-line command in Terminal:

sudo apt-get install libav-tools libavcodec-extra-53 libavdevice-extra-53 libavfilter-extra-2 libavformat-extra-53 libavutil-extra-51 libpostproc-extra-52 libswscale-extra-2 flashplugin-nonfree ttf-mscorefonts-installer icedtea-plugin

NOTES:
  • The above command has been tested in Debian 7 Wheezy (Testing).
  • The Java plugin that will be installed by using the above command is Icedtea package from Debian repository. If you want, you can install official Oracle/Sun Java plugin instead. Read this post for more info.

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PS: Still, sorry for my English :)
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