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Helix Player 1.0 for Unix

Gold Release Notes

August 2004

The Helix Player 1.0 is a complete, free and open source media player, licensed under your choice of three options: open source (RPSL), commercial community source (RCSL), and the free software GNU General Public License (GPL). It plays open media formats, like Ogg Vorbis and Theora, H.261, H.263, GIF, JPEG, PNG, RealText and SMIL.


What's New
Known Issues
Installation Instructions
Downloading the player
Using the Installer and RPMs
Preference Locations
FAQ and Support


This is the readme file for the Helix Player 1.0 Gold release. This file will be modified as we have more information - so please do check our website periodically for new and updated information.

What's New in Gold

This build includes many fixes and incremental improvements over the earlier milestone releases. A lot of the work in this build also has gone towards stabilizing features and fixing many known issues and bugs.

Known Issues

  • If you are having problems playing back media and are behind a proxy you can try using rtsp transport via http only (go to transports pane in prefs, select "use specified transport" and click "configure rtsp." Then uncheck "attempt multicast," "attempt udp," and "attempt tcp.")
  • Context Menu might not work while managing favorites with older GTK
  • Helix Player on Linux PPC RPM requires --ignorearch flag to install (issue #2569)
  • Player does not play gnome-vfs URI's (smb://). Workaround is to mount the samba share using smbmount etc (issue #2269).
  • Alsa and esound drivers are not included in this build
    • The OSS device used for playback can be set using the AUDIO environment variable.
    • eg export AUDIO=/dev/dsp2
  • See the Helix Player bug tracker for a list of the latest issues that affect the player.

Installation Instructions

Downloading the player

You can download the gold release of the Helix Player from:



Using the Installer

  • Ensure that the .bin file you downloaded is executable. You can make the .bin file executable by running the "chmod a+x HelixPlayer10GOLD.bin" command from a terminal window.
  • Execute the .bin file by typing ./HelixPlayer10GOLD.bin. It will provide you with several prompts and will walk you through the installation.
  • Confirm that the installer has copied the and nphelix.xpt files to your mozilla plugins directory. If you installed as root, this should be under /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins. If you installed as a user, they will be under ~/.mozilla/plugins.
  • If your distribution uses a different folder for mozilla plugins, or if the install failed to copy the plugins, you may have to copy the plugin manually. After copying the files to the Mozilla plugins directory restart mozilla, and look at "about:plugins" in mozilla to check that they are being loaded. It should look like this:

Helix DNA Plugin

File name:
Helix DNA Plugin (for Mozilla)

MIME Type Description Suffixes
audio/x-pn-realaudio-plugin RealPlayer Plugin Metafile rpm Yes

Using the RPM (for Linux)

  • download the HelixPlayer1GOLD.rpm file (substitute the correct architecture/compiler version for your system.)
  • login as root
  • run the command "rpm -i HelixPlayer1GOLD.rpm"

Using the bz2 tarball (for Linux)

  • the binary installer (above) is the preferred method of installing the player. The tarball installer is only available for the Helix Player.
  • note that the binary tarball will extract into the current directory.
  • extract the tarball using:
tar -jvxf HelixPlayer1GOLD.bz2 -C /path/to/HelixPlayer1GOLD

Preference Locations

  • The player places it's prefs at ~/.hxplayerrc (Helix Player)

FAQ and Other means of support

You can check the player help page.

You can also post your questions on either the FAQ forum, via irc on channel #player, or via the mailing list. You can report bugs via the Helix Issue Tracker. Helix Player bugs can be logged under the Player component. Do look up all open bugs against player to help reduce duplicates being entered.

Thank you for using the Helix Player!

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