How to play Wmv9 files on AMD64 Ubuntu

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Playing back wmv9 files on AMD64 is tricky. On i386 you can use mplayer with the win32 codecs, or the experimental vc-1 codec. However, using AMD64, things get a bit more difficult. It is possible to use the 32bit mplayer package, but it requires that all the libraries that it depends on are also 32bit.

Install all ia32-libs packages

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32asound2 lib32ncurses5 ia32-libs-sdl ia32-libs-gtk lib32stdc++6 ia32-libs-openoffice.org2.

Download the package

Dapper Users

Edgy Users

Install the package Using the following commands

Dapper Users

sudo dpkg -i mplayer32_1.0pre7-1_amd64.deb

Edgy Users

sudo dpkg -i mplayer32_20070130-1_amd64.deb

Fetch the Win32 codecs from

Unpack it and install to /usr/lib/win32.

tar -jxvf essential-20060501.tar.bz2

sudo mkdir /usr/lib/win32

sudo cp essential-20060501/* /usr/lib/win32/

Use mplayer32 to play wmv9 files (but it can also be used for other files as well )

If you want a 32 bit mencoder as well, you can download it from here and put it into /usr/bin/ .

If you want to use the gmplayer gui, rather than the command-line do the following:

sudo rm /usr/bin/gmplayer
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/mplayer32 /usr/bin/gmplayer

This operation has to be done manually as the gmplayer file is "owned" by the original mplayer package.

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5 thoughts on “How to play Wmv9 files on AMD64 Ubuntu

  1. Thanks very much for this guide. I’ve been trying to get this to work forever and your guide really helped out.

  2. Thanks for the guide. I have kubuntu edgy. I have one little problem: it worked, but now kaffeine does not open or play any files.

  3. 1000x THANK YOU! I can now watch czech music station Ocko in best quality :) (vmw9)mimms mmsh:// - | mplayer32 -

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