View Ogg Videos in Firefox 3.5

June 11, 2009 by
Filed under: firefox 

One of the great new features of Firefox 3.5 is the native support of the Ogg video format. If you don't know, Ogg is a Free and Open Source video format from

What makes this feature so cool? Well, up until now we've all depended upon browser plugins to support video playback. One of the most common questions from new Ubuntu users is "How do I get the Flash video player installed?" It's not hard to get set up, but it's not installed by default. Other video formats such as .wmv, .mpg, and .avi also depend upon browser plugins.

Native support of Ogg means that any user of Firefox could view this video content without the need of extra plugins. Now Mozilla isn't just going rogue and creating support for non-standard features in Firefox. The W3C has proposed support for Ogg Theora be part of the HTML 5 Standard. So if all goes well, some day all standards compliant browsers will be able to play videos on their own.

So let's get down to it. Obviously you'll need to install the Firefox 3.5 Beta to try this out. You can get the download from here.

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After installing it, create a new Firefox profile to use with 3.5. You want to use a new profile so that you don't have any conflicts with currently installed plugins.

Assuming you called your new profile 'beta', you can start Firefox from your installation directory with:

./firefox -P beta --no-remote

Try Out an Ogg Video

Linux Journal posts their videos in both Flash and Ogg format, so go to and give it a try. The images on the page link to the Flash format. Instead, click the link to "Download in .ogv format".

Here's a link to today's Ogg video.


One Response to “View Ogg Videos in Firefox 3.5”

  1. [...] ejecucion. Os recuerdo que Firefox 3.5 (aun en version Beta) soporta HTML 5 y la reproduccion del formato abierto de video ogg. mmm, me estan dando ganas de instalar y probar la [...]

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