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Old 02-19-2004, 07:31 PM   #1
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RealPlayer 8/9 Plugins for Linux -- Instructions

Dear friends:

Here is the lowdown on the whole RealPlayer issue:

The latest version of RealPlayer, RealOne that is currently used with Linux is
RealOne Alpha. It has remained an alpha for two years and is essentially
dead. That is why many of its features do not work or work imperfectly. And
that is why the RealOne plugins do NOT work anywhere. Doing a little research
on the subject online, I found out why.

The latest RealPlayer Gold version is RealPlayer 8, which works great. And
when you install the latest RealPlayer 9 codecs and plugins for it, you get
naturally RealPlayer 9, which plays all plugins on the Net in Mozilla: The
name of the file is:


You can find it at the RealPlayer Unix Community Page at:

Download Instructions

(Be sure to select the Linux2x.libc6i386, NOT the libc6i386 RPM)

Installation Instructions:

Now, first UNINSTALL whatever RealPlayer you already have on your system, that
is, most likely the RealONE.

Now, install RealPlayer8 in your home directory as user by first making it an
executable and then installing it:

$/home/user/chmod u+x rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2.bin

And then:


After installation of RealPlayer8 (which is in your home directory), download
the RealPlayer9 codecs and plugins from:

Look for the RealPlayer 9 codecs/plugins in the top section of the page as

* Linux i386 (~795kb d/l):

Download, read the Readme file, extract the contents using the Right-click
context menu command "Extract" in your Xandros File Manager, then add the
codecs and plugins as instructed to the /home/user/RealPlayer8 Codecs and
Plugins directories:

sher@Dell:~$ cd RealPlayer8
sher@Dell:~/RealPlayer8$ ls
app.kdelnk Help Mime.types realplay rp7.xpm
audiosig.rm LICENSE Plugins realplay.desktop
Codecs Mailcap rp7doc.png
Common rp7doc.xpm
firstrun.rm mime.kdelnk README rp7mini.xpm
sher@Dell:~/RealPlayer8$ cd Codecs
sher@Dell:~/RealPlayer8/Codecs$ ls
sher@Dell:~/RealPlayer8/Codecs$ cd ..
sher@Dell:~/RealPlayer8$ cd Plugins
sher@Dell:~/RealPlayer8/Plugins$ ls

I would simply copy all of the Codecs in the RV9 package into /home/user/
RealPlayer8/Codecs/ directory and all of the Plugins into the /home/sher/
RealPlayer8/Plugins directory.

One last critical step:

Copy the "" file from the /home/user/RealPlayer8 directory to the "/
usr/lib/mozilla/plugins" directory. Don't forget. That's it. It should now work.

I think you will really like the RealPlayer 8/9 with its plugins. Now try the
plugins by first checking Mozilla. You should see the plugin listed
in Mozilla Help, About Plugins.

Now try your new RealPlayer 8/9 plugins by playing the movie trailers at:

These videos WILL WORK! Both video and audio should be fine. But be sure to
try one of the older videos. The more recent videos are overloaded and often
not accessible due to demand.

Or, better yet, try the news videos from CBS News at:

Be sure to select RealPlayer in your preferences. Provided you have broadband,
the video/audio looks great and at a comfortable size screen box size.

Or try any of the videos from The Feeding Room at:

Finally, you can also play the videos from Reuters:

A final exciting note about the new Helix RealPlayer 10:

The new Helix RealPlayer 10 is already out in alpha form. It has a lot of
problems. It is NOT yet ready for prime time, but it soon will be. That
should really make everybody happy. Meanwhile, stick with RealPlayer 8/9.



Last edited by sher07; 02-20-2004 at 04:15 PM.
Old 06-07-2004, 04:16 PM   #2
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hey man 10x!!!
it worked like a charm!

though i had to take the and the into the /home/<usr>/.gnome2/totem-adonns...
astonishingly it worked

thtz the first thing i've seen since i installed a debian with a minimal pack...
well got the mandrake 10 now
much easier for noobs
Old 06-07-2004, 05:11 PM   #3
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Sher07 - your instructions on installing RealPlayer seems to be ideal for our LinuxAnswers section.

Would you be willing to submit it? It would be of help to the site and to the rest of our membership if you would do so (it would also put your instructions in a prominent place for anyone searching for it ).

If you are willing to do so, read this link on submitting an Answer beforehand.

Old 06-20-2004, 11:03 PM   #4
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Hi Benjamin
Excellent lowdown on Real Player
Followed your information to the point that Realplay 8 has an ex file that starts up Realplayer.
copied the icon to desktop but does not perform only at Realplay DIR
How can I load it to start from my desktop?
Realplay desktop does not start it on desktop
Old 07-26-2004, 08:03 AM   #5
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Unhappy problem playing .ram files from inside of mozilla

hello guys...
that was great..finally i could play .ram files which i could not do it by use of Helix player.
anyway, problem still raises for me and i don't know why i can't play .ram files through Firefox browser.(same for Mozilla). i copied the also into plugins folder of Mozilla. i deleted the which i copied there before for Helix player. but still it does not run through browser.
i copy links from pages and paste them in real player "open location" to play them and it works this way!
Old 07-26-2004, 08:06 AM   #6
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Real Player 10 beta works nicely here.
Old 07-26-2004, 09:11 AM   #7
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Real player and plugin installed fine as per instructions, but can't play anything off the the BBC site, (news, radio etc). it just comes up with Plugin missing, but when I check Moz it says that it has the realplayer plug in, if I download the file and click on it, it will run no problem. very odd. Can anyone get the BBC site (the listen again) stuff to work?
Old 07-27-2004, 04:19 AM   #8
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Hi ya,
I think these instructions all do great job... Just I got stuck with the RealPlayer plugin as it stills not working with my Firefox 0.8. It says the plugin is load and working (about: plugin site lists it), but any attempt to open a site with embed RealPlayer object simply invokes the Plugin Load Dialog.

Should I modify anything else? In the Firefox preferences there's no option that might help me to say where and how to configure the plugin. It just siths in the MozillaFirefox/plugins directory and does nothing.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Many tnanks in advance.

Kind regards,
Old 07-27-2004, 08:51 AM   #9
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To use Realplayer 10b as a Mozilla plugin, follow the instructions for Helix Player on This works for me anyway.

Is it just me, or is the name RealPlayer 10beta really misleading? I mean, it has practically nothing in common with RealPlayer 10 for Windows, and is A LOT like the Helix Player! I'm not saying RP10b is a bad player, I find it really nice, but if it's meant to be the same product as RP10 for Windows, as the name would imply, then why the COMLETELY different interface?


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