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The terminal is where everything gets done in linux.

So if this is true, how can I play an AVI video (.avi extension) from the Terminal?

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The syntax to open any file in its default application is

xdg-open <file_name>

If you want to have some fun and play the video in the terminal itself, install mplayer (sudo apt-get install mplayer) and run

mplayer -vo caca <movie_file>

It doesn't run directly in the terminal window, but it does display in ASCII characters.

  • xdg-open name.mov worked for me in Ubuntu 14.04 from Terminal connected using SSH. The other one showed things very weirdly. Thanks – Mona Jalal Jan 25 '17 at 7:39
  • @MonaJalal haha the second one was just a fun command that tries to display the movie as ascii characters within the terminal. – notablytipsy Feb 17 '17 at 23:29
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In general you start any command from a terminal by entering the command.

So to edit a file with gedit

gedit file_to_edit

An .avi is no different, just a different command

banshee your.avi

You may use any media player you wish.

the only thing is an avi itself is a container, so you may need to install some codecs. codecs are the tools to play mp3 and other audio visual files.

this link may help

LinuxCommand

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    general syntax is <program> <file to be played> – Vineet Menon Dec 11 '11 at 5:01
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totem can be anoter option. On my fresh installed Xenial it's the app that opens movie files from nautilus. It's available from Precise.

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    In addition to this, totem is the default video player for Gnome, and if you want to play video that requires authentication, like for example a password-protected video, typing totem 'url', will launch the player and ask you for a username/password – smac89 Jan 19 '17 at 21:09
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Even arguments can be used, in terminal:

videoplayer-name videoplayer-arguments path-to-file

Path to file can be easily entered by dragging and dropping the file onto the terminal window.

Example, to only listen to the music of a video concert:

mpv --no-video file-dropped-onto-terminal-window

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