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Flash video problems never end

  • Yes opera has become a real pain with this ongoing video problem. I had to role back to the last working stable system (42 .xxx) but finally decided that by now the latest version 44 would probably be fixed! Some hopes eh? I do like opera but this is ridiculous, I would use Vivaldi but it has dependency issues with my Ubuntu version so got to wait until I install Ubuntu 16. Is this all the result of the Chinese take over?

  • Hi! Bruman. Frankly speaking, this flash problem occurred long before the Chinese take Opera over. Maybe Opera doesn't value the users of Opera Linux.

  • @tastymineraler I couldn't agree more. I made a rather extensive summary of the problem here. I must say that I've been really patient with opera, and still given it the third, fourth, and fifth chances instead of just switching to Chromium directly.

    Well, if you take a look at the summary I linked to you, there you will find in one place all the different voodoo tricks that you can try in order to fix the problem. I also organized the proposals in four distinctive sections. For me, the option number one did the trick. The recipe in short goes as follows (the instructions how to run the code is given in the other thread as well):

    1. Install pepperflash-nonfreeplugin
       (and purge all the others)
    2. Install the necessary Chrome libs for H.264/MP4
    3. Boot your system
    4. Volah!

    I hope this helps to fix your problem. Cheers!

  • jayaguru-shishya thanks for the above info.
    However wondering if you or someone has the code for doing that so it can be done in a Terminal?

  • someone has the code for doing that so it can be

    @cybrsaylr Hi! The code is behind the thread I linked. Well, what the heck, I'll just put it here for you:

    sudo apt-get install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra
    sudo mkdir /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/lib_extra/
    sudo ln -s /usr/lib/chromium-browser/libs/ /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ope

    I hope it works for you! Cheers!

  • I just did the latest security update and as usual, my video doesn't work. (again.) This is why I give Opera 2 stars as a browser for Linux.

    I guess it's time to drop it and go back to FF. Maybe some day they'll get it together.

  • In order to get perfect video playback on Slackware I had to do 3 things:

    1. Install PepperFlash

    2. Install extra ffmpeg codecs

    3. Set and export LD_LIBRARY_PATH variable to directory where is located. That should be a directory where Opera is installed. I have a script which does that and runs opera. To check if ffmpeg is found you might run:

    ldd /usr/bin/opera | grep -i ffmpeg

    I think there should be a man page for *nix Opera, like there is one for lynx and w3m. These issues should be described there. People should read those man pages, at least briefly. Those who can't be bothered to read man pages at all on UNIX-like operating systems should be ignored and nobody should ever reply to their posts.

  • How long have you guys had the flash problems?

  • How long have you guys had the flash problems?

    @tomatoshadow2 Greetings! According to rather a vast review on the post concerning the reported flash problems with Opera[1], they have been around ever since December 2014 - at least.

    For example, I was able to get Flash running again by following the instructions at the given link (case number #1), but after the latest Opera update (version 44.0.2510.1449), the problem has re-emerged. This even though the Terminal affirms the following:

    chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra is already the newest version (58.0.3029.81-0ubuntu0.16.04.1277).

    I've been rather patient with Opera on Linux, but I guess I am moving back to Chromium tonight. I wish you good luck solving your Flash problems! 😉

  • How long have you guys had the flash problems?

    It's not flash problems. It's problems with HTML5 video codecs.

  • How long have you guys had the flash problems?

    It's not flash problems. It's problems with HTML5 video codecs.

    @adasiko Only the Opera browser suffers from these kinds of problems while trying to run Flash content. There ain't such problems with Chromium, for example

  •   How long have you guys had the flash problems?
    It's not flash problems. It's problems with HTML5 video codecs.

    @adasiko Only the Opera browser suffers from these kinds of problems while trying to run Flash content. There ain't such problems with Chromium, for example

    adasiko is right. There are absolutely no problems with flash. Check the h264 problems thread for a solution.
    Post by blackikeeagle. You may need to repeat the process after Opera browser updates.

  • @ocky - I can't find any thread from blackikeagle. Where is it please ??

  • The thread

    When you want an easy solution. I'm building packages for archlinux for the different opera flavours. Since these are statically linked they should be usable on any linux distribution.

    The packages can be found at

    You can browse the packagelist where you should be able to find:

    opera-ffmpeg-codecs-* opera-beta-ffmpeg-codecs-* opera-developer-ffmpeg-codecs-*

    Most of the time the versions are the matching versions where the opera branch was based on. For developer the versions might divert a bit due to issues in the chromium source.

  • Fix video issue on Opera Browser for all Debian Linux Distributions

    Ubuntu restricted extras
    Manual Install

    If you are using regular, stock Ubuntu or Debian:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

    If you are using Kubuntu:
    sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras

    If you are using Xubuntu:
    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras

    If you are using Lubuntu:
    sudo apt-get install lubuntu-restricted-extras

  • @ocky @adasiko Did you check the link I gave[1]? Installing the suggested Chrome libs for H.264/MP4 codec does no longer work. Instead, the problem has re-emerged.

    @fredyavatar Does the first one work for Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Zasty Zepus too? As we've all heard the news, Ubuntu will transfer to the GNOME environment as a whole, and Unity desktop won't be developed anymore in the future. Therefore, I've moved to Ubuntu GNOME in advance already 😛

  • @fredyavatar
    I would like to add that the above do NOT apply to debian. There is no package named ubuntu-restricted-extras

    All the *ubuntu-restricted-extras packages install the same stuff and they are not desktop enviroment related, so yes, it will work even if ubuntu switches to gnome.

  • Good afternoon!

    This discussion has helped me to obtain mp3 support, ; post of May 20, 2017 there. I have downloaded an archive with file from GitHub ( and copied the .so-file into /usr/lib64/opera/, previously saving the corresponding old file as libffmpeg.so_orig, restarted Opera and it works. from Chromium didn't help for me. FireFox and Chrome did play content, but Opera didn't.

    My OS is openSUSE 42.2, 64-bit.

    Regards, Natalia

  • As stated on that github repo, that libffmpeg is "FFmpeg prebuilt binaries for NW.js" (nw.js = node-webkit or node.js or electron as it is more commonly known). So, this library is intended for node.js apps like skypeforlinux, popcorntime, vivaldi etc.
    It just happens to work on opera because both opera and node.js are build on the very same chromium libraries, nothing more, nothing less. It is not the libffmpeg built for chromium or from chromium's source, and that is the reason I will skip that one too 😞

    But thanks for the tip 🙂

  • @natasha-from-dnepropetrovsk Thanks for your instructions, and sorry for my stupid question that I will ask now.

    I am beginner with Linux. I was trying to find the folder /usr/lib64/opera/, but I could not find anything that is exactly the same. However, I was able to find the following one: /usr/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera. Is this the same, maybe?

    My second question, do I have to follow all the instructions at (post by mk6ve, Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:50 am), or is it enough to that I do what you wrote here?

    Thanks a lot! 🙂

    Cheers, and have I nice weekend! 🙂