How to Install Flash, Steam and MP3 Codecs in openSUSE

As with Fedora, openSUSE doesn't have Flash and MP3 codecs available straight away. Steam is also not available in the repositories.

This guide shows you how to install all three.

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How to Install Flash in openSUSE

Flash Player Install

First up is Flash. To install Flash visit https://software.opensuse.org/package/flash-player and click the Direct Install button.

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How to Install Non-Free Repositories in openSUSE

Add Non-Free Repository openSUSE

After clicking the direct install link, the YaST package manager will load with the option to subscribe to the non-free repositories checked.

You may wish to check the free repository option as well, but this is optional.

Click Next to continue.

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How to Install Flash Player in openSUSE

Install Flash Player openSUSE

YaST will now show a list of software packages that are going to be installed, which in this case is just the flash-player.

Just click Next to continue.

After the software is installed, you will need to restart Firefox for it to take effect.

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How to Install Multimedia Codecs in openSUSE

Install Multimedia Codecs In openSUSE

Installing all of the extras in openSUSE is relatively easy, and opensuse-guide.org provides many of the options.

To install the multimedia codecs required for playing MP3 audio is a simple case of visiting http://opensuse-guide.org/codecs.php.

Click on the Install Multimedia Codecs button. A popup will appear asking how you want to open the link. Choose the default Yast option.

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How to Install Multimedia Codecs in openSUSE

Codecs For openSUSE KDE

The installer will load with the title "Codecs For openSUSE KDE."

Don't panic if you are using the GNOME desktop. This package will still work.

Click on the Next button.

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Contents of the "Codecs for openSUSE KDE" Package

Extra Repositories For Multimedia Codecs

To install the codecs, you will need to subscribe to a couple of different repositories. The following packages will be installed:

  • ffmpeg
  • gstreamer-plugins-bad
  • gstreamer-plugins-libav
  • gstreamer-plugins-ugly
  • gstreamer-plugins-ugly-orig-addon
  • k3b-codecs
  • lame
  • libdvdcss2
  • libxine2-codecs

Click Next to continue.

During the installation, you will receive some messages asking you to trust the GnuPG key that is being imported. You will need to click the Trust button to continue.

There is an inherent danger in click on 1-click installs, and it is vitally important that you trust the sites promoting them. The linked here can be deemed trustworthy, but others should be judged on a case by case basis.

You will now be able to import your MP3 collection into your music libraries within Rhythmbox.

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How to Install Steam in openSUSE

Install Steam In openSUSE

To begin the process of installing Steam visit https://software.opensuse.org/package/steam.

Click on the version of openSUSE that you are using.

A further link will appear for Unstable Packages. Click on this link.

A warning will appear telling you that the site has nothing to do with the unofficial repositories that are about to be listed, Click Continue.

A list of possible repositories will be displayed. You can choose the 32-bit, 64-bit or 1 click install depending on your needs.

A screen will appear asking you to subscribe to an extra repository. Click Next to continue.

As with the other installs, you will be shown the packages that are to be installed, and in this case, it will be Steam. Click Next to continue.

There is a final proposal screen that will show you that a repository is going to be added and Steam will be installed from that repository.

During the installation, you will be asked to accept the Steam license agreement. You have to accept the agreement to continue.

After the installation is complete press the Super and A key on your keyboard (if you are using GNOME) to bring up a list of applications and choose Steam.

The first thing Steam will do is download 250 megabytes worth of updates. After the updates have completed installing you will be able to login to your Steam account (or indeed create a new one if needs be).