Solving the problem of the Opera browser with video playback in Ubuntu and similar distributions (Linux Mint, KDE neon)
leocg Moderator last edited by
Opera snap works. Is the license paid by the snap makers there?
See https://blogs.opera.com/desktop/2018/08/opera-54-0-2952-71-stable-update/. If I understood correctly, it uses the Chromium codecs provided by Canonical.
How about a permanent solution? For example, the makers of different browsers form a company and this company buys the license, which is then valid for all of the company's products? Or what are the rules of the license?
As far as I know, Opera and other browser/software makers prefer that non-proprietary codecs are used for media on the web. Besides that, those licenses can be very expensive.
styen last edited by
This solves the problem.
styen last edited by styen
@linuc You need to install git to clone the repo.
Or download and unpack https://github.com/Ld-Hagen/fix-opera-linux-ffmpeg-widevine/archive/refs/heads/main.zip and make install.sh executable
linuc last edited by
Thank you, I finally made it
In the description here:
should still be under "Requirements":
3. git (Is needed to clone the repo) sudo apt install git
It only needs the commands in point 1. Depending on the distribution with -get or without.
When executing the script you can answer questions and set the script so that it is automatically executed after every update of Opera. Great!
I hope it will work forever and ever ... and if not, someone could turn it into an extension for Opera.
linuc last edited by
Unfortunately I couldn't edit my last post:
Maybe I can post this link for a summary of the instructions? Unfortunately the server is very slow, ifastnet, but with a little patience the page loads. Sure, everyone can copy the instructions and distribute them further.
xZero last edited by xZero
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 https://raw.githubusercontent.com/xZero707/opera-fix-ffmpeg/master/opera-fix-ffmpeg.sh -o opera-fix-ffmpeg.sh
Remember: When downloading the script from the internet, it is always a good idea to inspect the script first.
sudo /bin/bash opera-fix-ffmpeg.sh
sudo /bin/bash opera-fix-ffmpeg.sh /path/to/your-opera-installation
sudo /bin/bash opera-fix-ffmpeg.sh /path/to/your-opera-installation /path/to/your/snap/binary
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.
The script has been updated. It is now moved to the repository here: https://github.com/xZero707/opera-fix-ffmpeg
Instructions have been also updated in the quote.
@rgplayzmc Please check it out and let me know if this is the fix you expected.
miyen last edited by
@xzero that does not work to me,
have to check few more codecs from here - http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/c/chromium-browser/?C=M;O=A
currently working only with the codec from "chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra_94.0.4606.81-0ubuntu0.18.04.1_amd64.deb"
My PC is:
Linux Mint 20.2 Cinnamon / kernel 5.4.0-89-generic
i386 codecs does not work to me.
MarcoRboels last edited by
Easy solution via Terminal (rooted):
$ sudo snap install chromium-ffmpeg
$ sudo cp /snap/chromium-ffmpeg/current/chromium-ffmpeg-104195/chromium-ffmpeg/libffmpeg.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/libffmpeg.so
I chose 104195 version because is the only one workable over Opera version 80.0.4170.72 and Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS (x86_64; LXQt)