Playing MP3 in Fedora 17

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Fedora by default does not ship with mp3 support for copyright issues. But there are many ways to play mp3 on fedora 17. I will try my best to describe some of the ways that you can use to play mp3 files on your fedora 17 installation.

Required Step

This step is required if you want to follow on with this tutorial. Here we will add RPM FUSION repo you our fedora 17 installation. This also applies for fedora 15 and fedora 16 users.

  • Run Terminal
  • And execute

su yum install

This will add both the free and the nonfree RPM FUSION repository. Just copy and paste this to the terminal window. Press "Shift+CTRL+V" to paste on the Terminal


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

yum install rhythmbox

The default installation of rhythmbox wont allow you to play mp3. To play mp3 you need to add the necessary codecs

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

Official Website:


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

yum install amarok phonon-backend-gstreamer

Official Website:


Audacious is a winamp like audio player.

yum install audacious audacious-plugins

Official Website:


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

yum install xmms xmms-mp3

Official Website:

VLC player

VLC player is the best video and audio player for linux. It is capable of playing almost every video and audio format.

yum install vlc

Official Website:

If you did not find your favorite player or you want us to include a player please leave a comment.


place zabaw · October 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

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chandan · October 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Thanks for the post. It really helped me.

Eli · October 16, 2012 at 1:39 am

I used the way you provided for Rhythymbox and it worked perfect for me. Thank you very much!

C. Robert · October 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Nothing works for me 🙁

On rythmbox terminal says:
No package gstreamer-plugins-bad available.
No package gstreamer-plugins-ugly available.

Also is no vlc available and Movie player dosen’t work at all.
Please help me.

    abouthack · November 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Just install GStreamer plugin and it will work

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

    Remember to run it as root

vankusss · November 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Thank you very much, kind sir!

    abouthack · November 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    You are very welcome for your kind comment.

linuxguru · November 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Thank you for posting this. It really helped me a lot.

avro · November 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Awesome post thank you very much.

Lowell · November 27, 2012 at 3:05 am

Howdy this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or
if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    abouthack · November 30, 2012 at 5:17 am

    It depends on the article. Most of the things can be achieved via WYSIWYG. But i usually manually code my articles.

SimionBaws · January 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

Clementine doesn’t work with gstreamer plugin :

dobs · January 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

+ audacious-plugins-freeworld

ramh · April 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

I don’t know why amarok didn’t work, try few times but nothing, even directly from amarok, this was the answer:

Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit
No package amarok-extras-nonfree available.
Error: Nothing to do

XMMS did it, working like a blast, thank you!

krishnadas · April 13, 2013 at 6:27 am

Use vlc is the don’t have to install any other can play almost everything..

hellionFus · May 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

thanks for actually being (simply) helpful — it’s more than can be said for the majority of Linux help.

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