Installing multimedia codecs in linux

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Codecs, is an important element when we are talking about playing and watching multimedia files. To install codecs on linux box, it is an easy task. Just follow the below instructions  : 

  1. Download the codecs source from here. Thank you to the mplayer team for this magnificent codecs source.
  2. Login as superuser
    • # su -
  3. Extract the downloaded archive
    • # tar -xvjf essential-20071007.tar.bz2
  4. Make 2 directories if they are not already exist.
    • # mkdir /usr/local/lib/codecs
    • # mkdir /usr/lib/win32
  5. Copy the content of the extracted directory to the newly created directory
    • # cp essential-20071007/* /usr/local/lib/codecs
    • # cp essential-20071007/* /usr/lib/win32
  6. Change the permission of the directories to 755
    • # chmod 755 /usr/local/lib/codecs
    • # chmod 755 /usr/lib/win32
  7. Finish. Congratulations, you have managed to install multimedia codecs into your linux box. You can test it by playing any video with your favorite media player.