Commons:Media help/OS X

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Browser support

The latest versions of all major browsers are able to play sound files and videos without any additional codecs or software.


Playback uses a JavaScript compatibility layer that requires Safari 6.1 or later. Mac OS X 10.6 and earlier, including all PowerPC Macs, are not supported.

Downloading files

If you are not using one of the above web browsers, you only need to download and install one of the following players.

VLC media player

Go to this website and choose one of the links listed under OS X version (13 MB; 7,3 MB). Once you have downloaded the disc-image, open it and it will appear as a virtual disc on your Desktop. From the disc copy to your Applications folder. Now you can play the sound and video files from Commons.


Alternatively, you can download Xiph QuickTime Components to play directly sound files in Ogg Vorbis with Quicktime Player. Install the XiphQT component into /Library/Components folder, then restart your browser so it can play Ogg Vorbis files.

Do you have questions, or do you encounter problems? Please ask here.