It's rather frustrating to me that I can't watch any of the videos on Apple's site. Is there a QuickTime plugin for Chrome or Firefox, and if not, why?


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Odd... Works for me!

I'm using the totem plugin which I thought shipped with Ubuntu. Have a look at about:plugins in the browser and see if you can see "QuickTime Plug-in 7.something"

If you don't, check totem-mozilla is installed. Might be worth installing the ubuntu-restricted-extras package to make sure you've got the right codecs.

Just searching synaptic, I also have libquicktime1 installed. It's a dependency of quicktime-utils so it might be worth installing that. It might just be something used for encoding to quicktime.

Edit: you might also need gstreamer-plugins-bad for AAC audio.

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    Installing totem-mozilla did it for me; I already had ubuntu-restricted-extras installed. Plugin works in both Firefox and Chrome. Apr 22, 2012 at 9:11

The Quicktime codec, like most other non-free formats, is provided as part of the w32codecs package (or its 64-bit equivalent, w64codecs) by Medibuntu. The community documentation includes instructions for installing.

Once the codecs are installed the standard media plugins for your browser should detect and handle them.

  • Got w64codecs installed on my Ubuntu 11.04, and at least Firefox's about:plugins shows "QuickTime Plug-in 7.6.6" (libtotem-narrowspace-plugin.so). Still, the QuickTime videos on Apple's site won't play...
    – Jonik
    Mar 16, 2012 at 7:50
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    @Jonik Medibuntu is by now severely deprecated. Do not use it. Try Oli's answer. Apr 22, 2012 at 9:14
  • the instructions for installing link is dead.
    – john-jones
    May 7, 2014 at 9:50

I've discovered that sometimes Apple actually detects which browser/OS you're using when it embeds videos on its site, and that can prevent QuickTime videos from playing even if you have the proper codecs and plugins installed. You can circumvent this in Firefox by changing your user agent string.

You'll need the User Agent Switcher extension:

And a user agent string that specifies a browser on Mac or Windows. There's a rather nice list of user agents here:

  • I tried to see some videos of WWDC by changing the user agent of Firefox to Safari on ubuntu 14.04. Didn't work. Jan 15, 2015 at 19:56

All you need is to run the following from a Terminal window:

sudo apt-get install gnome-mplayer gecko-mediaplayer

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