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I have Chromium installed on Ubuntu 13.04, but aside from flash things, it seems I can't get a sound out of it.

For instance, I installed an extension, SpeakIt, which is supposed to read paragraphs aloud, but I get no sound out of it. The test includes listening to an audio file, I don't get anything out of that either.

I do hear sounds when played by YouTube, which makes me believe that the computer's sound itself isn't a problem, only Chromium's (because Flash makes sounds).

I don't hear sounds the browser plays (like Google Translate's speak).

What can I do to troubleshoot? What could be the problem?

When looking in the Sound > Applications submenu, it doesn't even show up there. When I play a YouTube video, it does show.

Image Example of what happens when YouTube video is playing

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If you guys need more information about the problem, don't be shy and comment me about it :) – Madara Uchiha Jun 12 '13 at 12:47
up vote 4 down vote accepted

here's a simpler way to fix it: sudo apt-get install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra. Source: Bug #991758

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Thanks! I'll give it a try and get back to you! – Madara Uchiha Aug 30 '13 at 8:46
That's the correct answer in my opinion. No need to fuss around with the files manually. – jackthehipster Oct 28 '15 at 17:30

I had this problem too. This is an old bug about Chromium: Issue 22152: <audio> tag doesn't work for extension resources. Anyway, I didn't understand how they fixed there (actually I have not bothered myself) - if they fixed (is written that it is fixed). Because of that I won't explain what is happening there.

I fixed it by following the following steps:

  • Download and install Google Chrome.
  • Replace /usr/lib/chromium-browser/ file with /opt/google/chrome/ (preventive, you can make a copy of the original file).


  • Optional, uninstall Google Chrome if you don't need anymore or if you don't intend to use it in the future.
  • Open Chromium browser and check if you can hear sounds now, in Google Translations for example.

Check if sound is working

I think, not sure, that this happens because many of the audio and video codecs included in Chrome aren't included in Chromium due to licensing, patents and stuff like this.

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Thank you! I will try and get back to you. – Madara Uchiha Jun 12 '13 at 15:06
Just out of curiosity, what program did you use for your screenshots? Shutter? – Madara Uchiha Jun 12 '13 at 15:56
@MadaraUchiha Yes, very useful in this sense and very easy to edit a screenshot. – Radu Rădeanu Jun 12 '13 at 16:13

No need for install, just download the package and extract, like:

sudo dpkg -x google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb ./google
sudo cp /usr/lib/chromium-browser/ /usr/lib/chromium-browser/
sudo cp /home/YOURUSERNAME/Downloads/google/opt/google/chrome/ /usr/lib/chromium-browser/

Ok, restart chromium.

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