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According to https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AMD64 it is possible. However a detailed step by step on how to install w32codecs on a 64 Bit Ubuntu is not given.

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From the MPlayer's mouth

The MPlayer download /1/ page is telling:

Instructions for installing binary codecs can be found in the README...

and the README /2/ is telling:

STEP1: Installing Binary Codecs

Unpack the codecs archives and put the contents in a directory where MPlayer
will find them...

From the Medibuntu

The Ubuntu Community Documentation of Medibuntu /3/ is telling the basic information of the Medibuntu /4/. From the Medibuntu you could download either the tar packed w32codecs (source package) or the Debian packed codecs.

Acrchive is an archive

Both the .tar and the . deb are archives. You could unpack both. The Debian package archive (.deb) can also hold instructions for the package management system.

w32codecs_20110131.orig.tar.gz has:

  • codecs to installed where ever you want them.

w32codecs_20110131-0.1medibuntu3_i386.deb has:

  • a preinst script, will remove the /usr/lib/win32/ directory if there are one
  • codecs to installed to the /usr/lib/codecs/
  • symlinks /5/ to made from /usr/lib/codecs/ to /usr/lib/win32/


  1. http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html

  2. http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/README

  3. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu

  4. http://www.medibuntu.org/

  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_link

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