Solving the problem of the Opera browser with video playback in Ubuntu and similar distributions (Linux Mint, KDE neon)
mau21mau last edited by
That fixed the issue for me
wget https://github.com/iteufel/nwjs-ffmpeg-prebuilt/releases/download/0.52.2/0.52.2-linux-x64.zip -P ~/Downloads/ unzip ~/Downloads/0.52.2-linux-x64.zip -d ~/Downloads/ sudo mv ~/Downloads/libffmpeg.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/
Leoneld last edited by
simlink ubuntu 20.04
sudo ln -s /snap/chromium-ffmpeg/17/chromium-ffmpeg-95241/chromium-ffmpeg/libffmpeg.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/
njt145 last edited by leocg
This is just a workaround, not a solution.
This legal issue needs to be solved, and it's a Must
I suggest to developers to work on this before to working for stuffs on Opera GX. (or maybe you can replace Opera GX with Opera, why you created GX while your normal browser is not working properly...)
mosabama last edited by
Another way is to download libffmpeg from here and replace the one in Opera directory
and copy the file from the repository and replace the one in this directory.
rgplayzmc last edited by rgplayzmc
No method seems to be working for the version of opera released today (Version 79.0.4143.22, chromium 93.0.4577.63). Replacing the provided libffmpeg.so with any of the provided methods causes the entire page to crash if you try to play any video embedded on it. I have now defaulted back to the provided one.
My go-to method before this was to download the latest version from iteufel's github repo and replace it manually. Had worked since I installed opera.
rgplayzmc last edited by leocg
opera-fix-ffmpeg.sh: 15: [: Illegal number: Error: snapd is not installed Command 'snap' not found /usr/bin/snap
Snap is actually installled
Here's what to do (GUI method):
- Install the chromium-ffmpeg snap
- Navigate to /snap/chromium-ffmpeg/current
- Find the folder with the highest number and open terminal over there (Right click->open with terminal).
sudo cp libffmpeg.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera
(Replace opera directory with wherever yours is installed.)
(CUI method) (I am a noob at bash, so please forgive me pros)
snap install chromium-ffmpeg && cd /snap/chromium-ffmpeg/current
- Find the highest number
cd chromium-ffmpeg-highestnumber && cp libffmpeg.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera
Now I request @xZero or anyone else to fix that script. Once the script is fixed, store the command the run it in a terminal utility known as keep for easy access.
Fuzedrums last edited by
I've had this problem for about two years now. Can't the fix it? Vivaldi solved it somehow.
Every time I update, I start looking for the damn libffmpeg.so file.
For Opera 79.0 install latest Vivaldi browser 4.2 and the take the lib:
sudo cp /var/opt/vivaldi/media-codecs-79b56700ea9558c50a5edacaeb70298120127d2f8b32bb5e05c3876a51bd64b5/libffmpeg.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/libffmpeg.so
torrit last edited by
Your solution worked like a charm. Thanks!
I had tried copying libffmpeg from /usr/lib/chromium-browser/libffmpeg.so but it worsened the situation. Not only the playback didn't work - opera cashed on any page with an embedded video.
Now everything works as expected. Finally!
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linuc last edited by
It's been quite a long time now that this problem has existed. Other browsers can obviously solve it, for example Vivaldi. Also the snap installation of Opera works with video. It would be time for the Opera team to make a clear statement here and provide a simple solution to the problem. By simple I mean that it should be workable even for users of Linux without background knowledge. Downloading files, unzipping them and then copying them into directories is from the last century!
So what is the problem and what is the ultimate solution?