Real Media has supported Linux with the RealPlayer from the beginning. RealPlayer 5, 7, 8 and 9 (RealOne Alpha release) work with Linux. These can work as a Netscape/Mozilla plug-in or as a stand-alone media player.
Installing RealPlayer from a binary
Since RealPlayer is not in the official Debian repositories, the fastest way to install RealPlayer is by downloading it from Real. This should download a .bin file. Once it has completed downloading, you can install RealPlayer. Next, open a terminal and navigate to the directory you downloaded the file to using Cd. If you want all users to be able to use RealPlayer, be sure to run the file as root e.g.
You may need to make the file executable in order for it to run. Once it is running, simply follow the instructions. A good place to install it to might be /usr/local/RealPlayer/.
Installing RealPlayer Using Debian's Package Management
Another method of installing RealPlayer would be through Apt or Synaptic. To do this, you must add an appropriate repository in sources.list, such as debian-multimedia.org. To enable this repository, add the following to your /etc/apt/sources.list (as root):
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org/ release main
Replace release with the name of the version of Debian you are using. If you are using stable, you can write stable or sarge (until etch is released), or, if using testing, you can write testing or etch. You can then download RealPlayer by typing (as root):
# apt-get install realplayer
If you'd prefer to use your own media player, the RealPlayer codecs are included in the package w32codecs. This is also not included in the offical Debian repositories, so an appropriate repository must be added - see above to see how to add debian-multimedia.org, which has the appropriate packages.
RealPlayer for Linux is based on the open source Helix player
Mime configuration (Preferences):
- o File extension: RM RAM SMI o MIME type: audio/x-pn-realaudio o Application to use: /usr/bin/realplay9 %s
It includes mozilla plug-in.