I'm having problems with playing some Youtube videos but not all of them.

I have tried using the html5 Youtube player according to this answer but that didn't work and I have issued following command:

sudo apt-get install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra

according to this answer but that doesn't work either. I'm on 12.04 and use Chromium. In Midori everything works so it's no biggy but I still find it weird.

Here are some of the videos that don't work:



And here is some that do work:



  • Have you tried another browser such as Firefox? I don't believe it is a browser problem and maybe your location? If there was a problem in playing the video the Youtube player would state just that. Jan 10, 2014 at 10:24
  • I have tried it in Midori, works just fine
    – Noosrep
    Jan 10, 2014 at 10:32
  • Hmmm. I see other people having the same problem. Doesn't appear anyone has a fix. You could try using private browsing for chromium because it might be a cookie or cache problem. I'm not certain on the cause but I would guess its just some compatibility issue with some YT servers with certain hardware/drivers/codecs. Try the private browsing mode (incognito?). Jan 10, 2014 at 10:56
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    Wow, that works. Did not see that coming! Thanx. If you put it as an answer, I can mark it as correct
    – Noosrep
    Jan 10, 2014 at 11:23

1 Answer 1


The issue seems to be either cookie or chache based.

You should be able to simply play the video in incognito mode (private browsing). If you want to play the video without using incognito you may have to clear your cache and cookies every time you run into an error.

To open an incognito window go to file > New incognito window.

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