Fedora 18 Post Installation Guide

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Fedora 18 also known as Spherical Cow is the latest version of Fedora distro. It comes with many new features and software updates.

Note: Almost every command shown here requires root privileges. So make sure you are logged in as root. Run su command to login as root.

Rpmfusion Repo

RPM Fusion Repository includes a variety of applications which are not included in the main distro. Like mp3 codec, multimedia player for playing DVDs and many more.

It is highly recommended that you install RPM Fusion repo because many of the following packages require you to install RPM Fusion otherwise it will not work

yum localinstall –nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-18.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-18.noarch.rpm

MP3 playback


Rythmbox is likely that it will be installed by default. If not installed, then you can install it very easily.

yum install rhythmbox

The default installation of rhytmbox wont allow you to play mp3. To play mp3 you need to add the codes

yum install gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly


Amarok is the default audio player for KDE. It can also be installed on Gnome.

yum install amarok phonon-backend-gstreamer


Audacious is a winamp like audio player

yum install audacious audacious-plugins


XMMS is another winamp like audio player. And its one of my favorite. Its better than audacious in my eyes

yum install xmms xmms-mp3


Banshee allows you to import CDs, sync your music collection to an iPod, play music directly from an iPod, create playlists with songs from your library, and create audio and MP3 CDs from your music library.

yum install banshee banshee-community-extensions

Video and DVD Playback

VLC player

VLC player is the best video player for Linux. It is capable of playing almost every video format.

yum install vlc


Xine is another video player for Linux. It is very much like vlc player

yum install xine xine-lib xine-lib-extras-freeworld

Mplayer with SM Player GUI

Mplayer is a VLC player like player for Linux. It is capable of playing almost all video and audio formats.

yum install mplayer smplayer


Totem is the default video player for Fedora.

yum install totem-xine xine-lib xine-lib-extras-freeworld

Adobe Flash Player

Add the Adobe repo

rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm rpm –import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux yum install flash-plugin

Install Flash Player

yum install flash-plugin

Acrobat Reader

Add adobe YUM Repo

rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm rpm –import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

Install Adobe reader

yum install AdobeReader_enu

Google Chrome

Add Google YUM Repo

vi /etc/yum.repos.d/google.repo

And paste the following

Fedora 32-bit

[google-chrome] name=google-chrome – 32-bit baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/i386 enabled=1 gpgcheck=1 gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

Fedora 64-bit

[google-chrome] name=google-chrome – 64-bit baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64 enabled=1 gpgcheck=1 gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

Save the file using ":wq".

Install Google Chrome

yum install google-chrome-stable

Other Applications


Filezilla is a FTP client and its one of the best

yum install filezilla

7z or p7zip

yum install p7zip


Unrar utility for extracting, testing and viewing the contents of archives created with the RAR archiver version 1.50 and above.

yum install unrar

Transmission bittorrent client

Transmission is a lightweight bittorrent client for Linux platform.

yum install transmission


Wine is a is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on Linux. It can run many windows applications even some games in Linux.

yum install wine


Gimp is the most advanced Image Editor for Linux. This gimp has lot of useful features useful.

yum install gimp yum install gimp-data-extras gimpfx-foundry gimp-lqr-plugin gimp-resynthesizer gnome-xcf-thumbnailer


twolsten · January 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Have you had any luck installing the java plugin for either Firefox or Chrome? I have not been able to get this to work.

Pedro · January 28, 2013 at 3:13 am

Thank You very Much for your Post Installation Guide!! It was very helpful. I am experiencing the Fedora Distro and thanks to you it was much easier to start. Best Regards

Nate · January 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Thanks a lot Bro….

Adel Mohamed · February 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

thanks for your great help

Dave · February 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

The command to install Adobe Reader is incorrect, I think. I believe the correct command is “yum install AdobeReader_enu” as you must specify which language package you want. Hope that helps some people.

Adam · March 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Thank you. I am just getting back into the Linux world after a long hiatus and you saved me a lot of time getting my environment set up.

Ananthakrishnan · March 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I am new to Fedora 18. Thank you very much for your help

R. · April 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

Hi, I am using the xfce desktop. Will these packages work for me? I am asking this because of what was written for Amarok. Thanks.

    R. · April 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I am also thinking of using lxde.

manohar · May 23, 2013 at 3:22 am

problem with flash n skype…………

i can install them………
but when gonna run they r not……..
skype : will not open at all
flash : failed to execute child process “flash-player-properties” ….

pls help ………

Eugene · May 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Thanks bro its great but my videos cant play on the default movie player

quetzal · May 26, 2013 at 2:23 am

I can not see original DVD (with css). I have installed the “libdvd-4.2.0” already, but I can´t…

¿How can I do to use the css decrypting?

Mike Johnson · May 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Thanks a lot for your installation files. I have downloaded and installed a few of the applications. I especially thank you for the VLC player because it truly does play a huge variety of formats and offers a hell lot of options.

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