Commons:Media help/Windows

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Browser support

The latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera are able to play sound files and videos without any additional codecs or software. Using one of those will allow you to stream audio and video on Commons. For WebM videos in Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7 or Vista you can download a plugin from Google.

Internet Explorer 9 (optionally) and later versions also available on Windows 8 (default) support plug-in free browsing. However, WebM still requires a codec, and Ogg still requires a plugin.


If you are not using one of the above web browsers, you will need to install playback software. By default you can use the Windows Media Player, but you need extra codecs (see below). You can also use one of the free media players supporting these files, e.g., VLC media player.

Downloading required codecs

Now you have to download a necessary extension (codec), so that your media player will be able to play sound and video files with the Ogg Vorbis file type (sound files) and with the Ogg Theora file type (video files).

  1. Load this website and click on Download win32 installer.
  2. After you download it to your hard disk, open the file and follow the installation guide.

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