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XMMS - a music and MP3 player

by Sindre Pedersen Bjørdal last modified Jan 30, 2008 09:53 PM
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XMMS is a lightweight, simple no-nonsense music player. Due to legal issues support for various non-free formats , including mp3 files, aren't included in XMMS by default. You can add support for mp3 by installing an add-on package from third party add-on repository


This assumes you have a working Fedora installation and that you have configured yum to use

Doing the work

Installing XMMS

XMMS is not included by default, to use XMMS you first have to install it:

  1. Open a terminal

  2. Enter:

    su -c 'yum install xmms'
  3. Xmms can be found in the menu, under "Sound & Video"

Adding support for non-free formats

As mentioned, legal issues stops Fedora from including support for non-free formats such as Mp3. You can add plugins for playback and encoding to this format by installing the xmms-mp3 package from

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Enter:

    su -c 'yum install xmms-mp3'
  3. Restart XMMS, it should now be able to play mp3.


If XMMS fails to play mp3 files, it's a good idea to check if the mp3-plugin is actually installed

How to test

  1. rpm -qf /usr/lib/xmms/Input/

More Information


Users should be aware of the legal limitations of the mp3 format and other non-free formats. Please do read the legal issues page.

We test this stuff on our own machines, really we do. But you may run into problems, if you do, come to #fedora on

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