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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