HOWTO: Firefox and the RealPlayer Plugin in Ubuntu Edgy Eft

When you install RealPlayer in Ubuntu Edgy Eft, it will install not only the player but also the firefox plugins. There’s a problem, though. Firefox is preconfigured to play real audio streams with totem. To use the real player plugin you must remove the totem plugin responsible to play these real audio streams. Just go to the firefox plugins directory located on:


and remove



sudo rm libtotem-complex-plugin.*

and happy listening with realplayer plugin for Firefox 2


You can see why totem is responsible to play realaudio streams by typiing in the firefox url bar:


and if you try to play any real audio stream by means of firefox plugins, firefox will try to open totem and totem will complain saying that it can’t open a stream via the rstp protocol.

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20 Responses to HOWTO: Firefox and the RealPlayer Plugin in Ubuntu Edgy Eft

  1. Ambati Srinivas says:

    Thank you so much for this solution, I tried every trick in so many ways to play songs from but could never play songs as it was a challenge for me as I could play on windows and why not on Linux but ultimatly gave up thinking Linux still has to mature.

    But I am so happy after deleting those two files and able to play songs.

    Thanks a ton.
    Ambati Srinivas

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  3. Ronald says:


    good tip.

    But what happens if an update of Totem(-plugin) is installed via the apt-update-tool?

    Cheers, Ronald

  4. Rogo says:

    I am searching already a few hours to get the real player in firefox. Those files are not there to remove! And I can’t even play *.mpg with it. I can’t install M-player. How nasty!

  5. Thomas says:

    Thanks a lot for that tip! Works well.

  6. Tim says:

    Thank you so much. As a linux newbie, I was not sure what to do. I had a suspicion it was to do with the Totem plugin but I did not know how to remove them.

    It is so simple when you know how. I am now happily listening to the BBC Radio Player.

    Cheers, Tim.

  7. Allan says:

    I stumbled over these posts when looking for solutions to my problem,

    Given the obvious knowledge expressed I thought I might do well to pose my problem here!

    I can only use the BBC’s Radio Player to “listen live” with Real Player. Trying to start an archived file results in the message “Stopped” immediately under the start icon.

    This apparently isn’t a Totem problem, the mentioned files aren’t there.

    I guess I must be missing a plug in or it’s in the wrong place or something.

    Help desperately sought and graciously received …


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  9. Sojourner says:

    Forgive this newbie question… the totem plug-ins are locked; I do not have permission to delete them. When I try to change permission status by alt-clicking on them, I am not given the option of “owning” them. What next?

    On a similar matter… is there firefox plug-in manager software for edgy out there? It would sure be useful…



  10. It would be simpler and more robust to remove the totem-mozilla package, rather than manaully deleting its files.

  11. Skinny says:

    Didn’t work on mine. Hmmm

  12. lepenguin says:

    Hi !

    Do you know how to install and libtotem-complex-plugin.xpt ? Which package may I apt-get to get this plugin under Ubuntu Feisty ? I’m in trouble with that.

    Thanks !

  13. Ajit PCMind says:

    hi all,
    this three command when you use then your realplayer is installed in ubuntu.

    real-player version is 11 (it is a latest version)

    1) wget

    then, in terminal go to the directory where you download the file,make the .bin file executable by command:

    2) chmod a+x RealPlayer11GOLD.bin

    execute command:

    3) sudo ./RealPlayer11GOLD.bin

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