Saturday, June 16, 2007

HOW-TO: and Real Player in Linux Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

Hello All:

I have seen a lot of posts in the past that have complained that after upgrade to Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn, some of the popular music sites for Indians such as are no longer working when it comes to using Real Player 10.

Here is a fix that worked for me...

My Specifications:
Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn
Fire Fox
Real Player 10 (what came with the regular Synaptic sources...)
Date: Saturday, June 16, 2007

From my limited understanding and research, it seems that the current production release of Real Player has some incompatibility with some sites... and some solutions propose that you revert to an older release of Real Player 10.0.3-1... This solution is sound but I have found that instead of going backward, I tried using a build from the nightly release of Real Player and this also fixes the problem so I usually prefer using a newer release than a older release... So if you would like to use a newer release, then read on...

1. Go here: (Helix Community Nightly Stable Builds of Real Player NOT Helix Player)

2. Download: Real Player (package) - linux-2.2-libc6-gcc32-i586@rhel4
(The one I have is built on 06/15/07. And at this present time Helix Community DOES NOT distribute packages for Ubuntu/Debian releases. Hopefully that will change in the future. So what we'll need to do is install and run another program called 'alien' which re-packages the RPM file into a DEB install package.)
Save the file to ~/Desktop because my directions below are assuming that you have it downloaded to your 'Desktop'. File name downloaded will be something like this:

3. Open a terminal prompt and run the following commands: (need to have administrator password for this)
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install alien

Now you have alien installed. If you have some problem go here and read about it:

4. Converting RPMs to DEB installer. Type the following in the terminal prompt
cd ~/Desktop
sudo alien -k name-of-rpm-file.rpm

[in my case the file name is RealPlayer-]
After completeion you should now have a ".deb" file on your desktop.

5. Installing the debian package (DEB): Run the following in the terminal:
sudo dpkg -i name-of-deb-file.deb

[in my case it's RealPlayer-]
This brings up a dialog asking you to install the package... go ahead and install and when completed this copies the files and the executables under /opt/real/RealPlayer directory.

6. Now you need to add the realplay executabel to the System Path. Here's how:
sudo ln -s /opt/real/RealPlayer/realplay /usr/bin/realplay

7. Now you need to make sure you have copied the needed plugin's to FireFox profile under your user home directory:
- Open a Nautilus Explorer (equivalent to Windows Explorer) and choose under in the top menu,
- Navigate to "/opt/real/RealPlayer/mozilla" directory. And here you should see a couple of files: nphelix.xpt. Copy those two files to this location: "~/.mozilla/plugins", here the tilde(~) represents your Home Directory. Once you copy the two files there and you restart FireFox (ff), ff will be able to find the plugins when it needs RealPlayer...

8. Now you can goto, - choose your favorite songs and listen to them...

I hope you have found this link useful. If you have any questions or comments to share send them to Venkatt.Guhesan @ yahoo dot com


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Venkatt Guhesan


Venkatt Guhesan said...

Some have emailed me saying that the Automatix update manager will install the latest non-open sources including RealPlayer. Well, I tried the Automatix installer and it pushes the latest stable version of RealPlayer10 and that breaks in sites like

My fix above should work until the current nightly builds become part of the stable build.

Salil said...

Awesome ! Finally after so many months of frustration !
Thanks for the guide !

Salil said...

Awesome ! After so many months of frustration !
Thanks for the guide !

ashwin said...

thank you, it work. BUt for thee minor glitch, the forward & back of does not work. Any work around for this.

Venkatt Guhesan said...

yeah, a little snag - the forward and back functions no longer work on my PC as well... I could not find a work around for it yet...

Anonymous said...


1) Please uninstall any exisiting RealPlayer you have installed in your system
2)Print out this article as we need to close/exit your firefox while we install and configure.....

So lets start....

1) Uninstalled real player? Yes? Proceed to next step......

2)Closed Firefox? yes? Proceed to next step......

We need to ensure we have the basic codecs,,So open up your terminal/console and type....

3) sudo apt-get install alsa-oss

No Problem?? Good Proceed To Step 4.....

4) Go to and download the installer to your Desktop. It shoud be a .bin file (eg RealPlayer10GOLD.bin)

Open the terminal and navigate to the file "RealPlayer10GOLD.bin". Type

5) cd ~/Desktop

Verify that the file is executable. If it isn't, type

6) chmod a+x RealPlayer10GOLD.bin

Run the installer by typing

7) sudo ./RealPlayer10GOLD.bin

Follow the prompts provided to finish installation.

** Note while Installing RealPlayer ...Take Note of your installation directory. I Installed into my home directory and maybe you could try installing to your home directory rather than to its default desktop.

8) Finally, go to your installed directory. For example, if you installed to /home/XXX/RealPlayer , (Where XXX is the name of your directory) then from your terminal type

sudo gedit /home/XXX/RealPlayer/realplay

and changed line 73 from



aoss $REALPLAYBIN “$@”

Save and exit....

Now launch Firefox, go to and Enjoy your top 10!!

Cheers All


Satya said...

Wow ! thats great!

I still have some problem using realplayer (although not related to this issue).

When I use realplayer I can't use other players like xmms,audacious,etc.. they throw an error message saying "audio card might be blocked by someother program".

I think realplayer is missing muxing facility. Is there any workaround?

Satya said...

I found that I have to suffix the line containing
"$HELIX_LIBS/realplay.bin "$@"

/usr/bin/aoss $HELIX_LIBS/realplay.bin "$@".

and it worked.. :)

Ranjith said...

Wonderful.. it worked!! now, I do not miss my music when I am on ubuntu....thanks a lot for sharing this!

Prateek said...

Thanks to Venkatt Guhesan for his comments.They worked with slight modifications and that what I am posting here for the benefit of others. I installed for my Firefox2 on gutsy gibbon. I downloaded the linux-2.6-glibc23-amd64 tar to my desktop and assume this is only file on Desktop currently. Then extracted it using:
cd ~/Desktop
tar -xvjf *
rm *.bz*
cd /opt/real/RealPlayer/
(Above is the location where my RealPlayer is already installed)
sudo rm -rf *
cd ~/Desktop
sudo mv * /opt/real/RealPlayer/.
sudo ln -s /opt/real/RealPlayer/realplay /usr/bin/realplay

(My firefox plugins are in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins)
cd /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
sudo rm nphelix.xpt
sudo ln -s /opt/real/RealPlayer/mozilla/
sudo ln -s /opt/real/RealPlayer/mozilla/nphelix.xpt nphelix.xpt

Restart firefox and you can start playing your favorite at or
In, the next/prev buttons may not work and at you will have to press "Play" explicitly on the player once its up. But these are small issues...

Good luck and thanks for this online support.


Venkatt Guhesan said...

Thanks for the update Prateek.

On a side note, I have also noticed recently that sometimes (depending on what else you have installed on your Ubuntu for sound and music.) You might end up with a Totem plugin for FireFox installed. And that sometimes ends up higher up on the list that it tries to open up using the Totem plugin instead of RealPlayer. By removing that plugin file, Firefox hands the Raaga request to RealPlayer.

To figure out how it's setup, open up your FireFox browser and type "about:plugins" in the URL and you should see a list. If you see Totem as the plugin serving ".ra" files... then you need to remove the Totem plugin.

Good Luck.

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