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Solving the problem of the Opera browser with video playback in Ubuntu and similar distributions (Linux Mint, KDE neon)

  • @cedarviola See

    Browsers like Chrome, Edge and IE for sure can afford buying a license.

  • Hello,
    I am trying to solve this problem with my Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. all above suggestions don't work with me.
    I have the chromium codecs installed and I can find them in my /snap/chromium.....etc folder. I also can find the opera installed in my /snap/opera/current/user/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera folder.
    problem is I cannot remove the not working file since it is read only. Therefore i also cannot link the new one to the old one.
    I don't know how to solve this. (FYI I am a kind of newbie on this linux)
    Please help. Thank you.

  • This is what worked for me in Debian 10:

    [*]Install chromium-ffmpeg snap:
    $ sudo apt update
    $ sudo apt install snapd
    $ sudo snap install core
    $ sudo snap install chromium-ffmpeg

    [*]Keep the original file in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/ and create inside there a directory lib_extra:
    $ sudo mkdir /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/lib_extra

    [*]Create a symlink in the lib_extra directory of the snap latest version

    $ sudo ln -s /snap/chromium-ffmpeg/current/chromium-ffmpeg-98516/chromium-ffmpeg/ /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/lib_extra

    Note: the latest version in my case is 98516, make sure to check yours inside directory /snap/chromium-ffmpeg/current/

    After these steps Opera browser plays all kinds of videos i've come across.

    Thanks to @mr-matt-eastwood and this post that provided the solution steps!

  • @zarathustra-f90 said in Solving the problem of the Opera browser with video playback in Ubuntu and similar distributions (Linux Mint, KDE neon):

    sudo ln -s /snap/chromium-ffmpeg/current/chromium-ffmpeg-98516/chromium-ffmpeg/ /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/lib_extra

    Thank you for your help.
    I tried to follow your instructions, but I had to adjust the location of opera.
    I installed thru snap and therefore /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera did not exist.
    It was installed in /snap/opera/current/usr/lib...etc
    Finally I removed opera and reinstalled. Now it was located in /usr/lib/....
    Then I followed your instructions to make a new directory and linked the lbffmpeg file.
    Result: It works !!
    Now I can use the beautifully designed Opera browser.
    Thank you foryour help.

  • @vladimir-bardakov The second step of your solution (sudo rm /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/ produces an error about shared libraries, at least in recent Opera versions.

    This file must remain and as an extra step create a lib_extra directory inside /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/lib_extra where the symlink must be placed.

    You can see my other detailed comment about the workaround in Debian 10. Many thanks for creating this post and part of the solution!

  • So Opera is not Linux compatible, that's my conclusion ...

  • Use latest ffmpeg deb files and all your problems will become the things of the past. You may peep into deb file and copy your file manually. As GNU/Linux users you should know all the priv issues, I hope.

    Do not delete lib_extra/*.so file. Name it *.so.old, then copy there *.so latest file, name it * Then
    ln -s * *.so

    • = libffmpeg

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    [Fig. 2] Oper view of Opera Developer nooks

  • If I have the same problem with Opera, Firefox and Brave, does this give a diagnosis ?
    It seems that for videos and video streams, they want or not want to accept Flash, but are unable to use another possibility, is that correct ? the question is why ?

    I am on Mint 19.3 64 and I allready have FFMPEG , so if I install FFMPEG by SNAP or by the deb, will this be fixed ? Do i have to uninstall the current FFMPEG before this ?

    or is this a problem with graphics, it is an APU AMD with no real good driver for it, must I try the AMD Driver ? 3D and HD video seem good working though, but not Nemo ...

  • My previous solution still works, but you might lose the changes (symlink) when Opera gets updated. At least that happened in my case. Applying the solution manually every time is a pain.
    You can use this handy script to fix ffmpeg support for you, whenever it gets broken.

    Fetch the always up to date script from here, or simply use this command to directly download the script:

    curl -fsSL -o

    Remember: When downloading the script from the internet, it is always a good idea to inspect the script first.

    Run with:

    sudo /bin/bash


    sudo /bin/bash /path/to/your-opera-installation

    The script will install or update snap chromium-ffmpeg and create symlink to latest bundled, in your opera directory.

    Note that sudo is required.
    Tested and working on Linux Manjaro. Should work for other Linux distros as well.
    Disclaimer: This script is provided as-is. Use at your own responsibility.

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  • @annevance Indeed I have more video playbacks, but the live tv broadcasts which I watch with the VPN of that country still don't work on Opera, giving a DRM error.
    When this is not solved the browser is useless, unfortunately.

  • @annevance Give a try to my script above (very last post).

  • @xZero Sorry, I did, but still no go.
    I can find the original in the opera directory.
    I also have your . Even when I login as admin, or sudo in terminal, the directory is "read only" and I cannot move the file.
    I tried to use opera every few years, but always the same. Nice layout, clean but not suitable for drm broadcast.

  • @annevance For DRM you need: 8.9 MB in

  • Linux Mint 19.3 problem fixed
    I installed the Chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra package v86.0.4240.198-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 DEB File using Gdebi from this link

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  • @leocg a browser that doesn't play videos is not only a issue, but a major issue. No matter if it's legal, commercial or technical.
    It's sad, I liked using Opera in my windows machine and it's a pity that you don't have a useful version on Linux.
    I'm not watching videos all the time, but it's very frustrating need to open chrome for playing a video when it's needed.
    I'm migrating back to chrome, and I'm sure that many people is doing the same.

  • @alex1real Ok, goodbye.

  • @alex1real I migrated to vivaldi on my linux mint workstation.

  • @alex1real to you and all folks here that keep complaining: Opera is a free web browser generously offered to the world by it's authors. You can't really expect, nor you should complain for missing functionality due to legal issues. Be grateful for what you got here, as it's far more than you "pay" for.