Quicktip – mp4 playback in chromium

I use Ubuntu as my main desktop both at work and at home, and chromium as my default browser. For ages it’s been annoying me that some videos on youtube don’t play. Well, I’ve finally gotten around to fixing it.

It seems mp4 playback is missing from chromium on ubuntu, and can be added with:

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

Restart chromium and you can go back to watching kittens falling off tables.

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Paul is a Linux sysadmin looking after the servers behind the ResNet and eduroam networks, and the main campus DNS infrastructure at the University of Bristol. He's been using unix of one flavour or another for more than 2 decades, and is still constantly surprised by useful commands he didn't know existed.

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