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 Responses

  1. Brian says:

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

  2. Jorge says:

    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. Sebastian says:

    due to mplayer32 the upgrade from dapper to edgy fails
    see the bug:
    ca you help trace the mplayer32 maintainer to get bug reported.
    Thank you

  4. Karry says:

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

  5. Ryan says:

    How about later version of Ubuntu – Karmic?

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