Opensuse Guide for Beginners


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The openSUSE project is a worldwide community program sponsored by Novell that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. The program provides free and easy access to openSUSE.

In this guide we will show you :

1- Things to know before to begin

2- Add repositories to your installation

3- Install media players example vlc

4- install softwares : example amsn

5- List of commands for opensuse

1- Things to know before to begin

a- yast is the package manager of opensuse, to open yast run ALT+F2 on the desktop and write yast,

b- zypper is the command line to install softwares (like apt-get for ubuntu , urpmi for Mandriva ..)

so to install a software use the commad :

zypper in   or  zypper install  


2-Add repositories to your Opensuse installation :

Like Ubuntu or Fedora you need to add repositories if you need to install more softwares on Open suse, to do that:

Just head over to YaST -> Software -> Software Repositories. Then, in the menu: Configured

Software Repositories-> Repositories…. Now hit the Add -> Community Repositories, and select:

  • Main Repository (OSS)

  • Main Repository (Non-OSS)

  • Packman Repository

  • Main Update Repository

To add repositories by the command line use :

zypper addrepo –repo

for example to add the repository of packman use :

zypper addrepo --repo

Here is Additional YaST Package Repositories


3- To install media players and codecs :

a- install VLC pleayer from the terminal :

sudo zypper ar<11.1 VLC sudo zypper mr -r VLC sudo zypper in vlc

For more relating installing Multimedia and codecs please visit :

4- Install amsn :

To install amsn use the command :

linux-wbtb:~ # sudo zypper install amsn 


Loading repository data…

Reading installed packages…

Resolving package dependencies…

The following NEW packages are going to be installed:

amsn tls

Overall download size: 3.1 M. After the operation, additional 9.3 M will be used.

Continue? [YES/no]: yes

5- List of commands :

You can find a list of commands for opensuse in this link.


style=”margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: normal”>Please refer to opensuse official website for opensue documentation.