Linux: GStreamer Installation is Missing a plug-in

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After recently upgrading to Linux Mint (well worth a dabble if you’re bored of your current OS), I restored all my files from the backups I took. One thing I find that is key to working on a computer 24/7, is a large collection of music, played via a good media player. My choice of player while on any Linux system is Clementine.

Unfortunately after adding some of my music, I got the following error while trying to play back certain file formats.


Your Gstreamer installation is missing a plug-in


Specifically it was throwing a wobbly on *wma and *m4a files, that’s file extensions for ‘windows media audio’ and MPEG-4 files respectively.

To fix this error in Clementine, and possibly other Linux media players, open up terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and run the following command:


sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad


Then reboot your media player. That should do it for *m4a files.

Now… how about those pesky windows media files


sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras


Reboot your player again and hey-presto, those should work too!


Did this solve your Gstreamer plug-in error? If so, or if not, let me know below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.


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  • daveeedo says:

    Worked a charm on Lubuntu 13.04 and it didn’t require installing ubuntu-restricted-extras or -addons. Thanks!

  • qorrow says:

    I got that error message: “Your Gstreamer installation is missing a plug-in” when I tried to add a radio stream on Clementine. I followed all your steps but the error still the same. Any idea?

  • schlypel says:

    just found out, that my clementine did not require me to install the restricted extras (with that big bloat of java/flash…) but the restricted-addons (which are part of restricted extras) is sufficient. I guess the ffmpeg part did it.
    So just do:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-addons
    and you dont get all the unwanted stuff (MS Fonts for instance)

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