Helix Player 1.0 and RealPlayer 10


Helix Player 1.0 and RealPlayer 10

Alpha Release Notes

The Helix Player 1.0 is the completely dual licensed, both open source (RPSL) and commercial community source (RCSL), media player and thus contain no non-open source components. It plays open source formats, like Ogg Vorbis and Theora.

The RealPlayer 10 for Linux builds on top of the Helix Player and will include RealAudio, RealVideo, MP3, Flash, MPEG-4 (fee-based) and other non-open source components.

Most up-to-date version of these notes can be found at:


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


This is the readme file for the alpha 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 Alpha

There are several major additions to this build including UI enhancements and support for new datatypes. A lot of the work in this build also has gone towards stabilizing features and fixing many known issues and bugs.

  • Ogg Theora
  • Flash (RealPlayer 10 only)
  • H.261
  • Setup Assistant
  • Playback Statistics
  • Favorites
  • Clip Source Support
  • Help System
  • More polished interface, new artwork

Known Issues

  • Issues with RV1 playback
  • DNET codec (part of RealAudio G2) is not functional. Multimedia content that uses DNET as the audio codec will still play without audio.
  • 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

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 player-0.3.0.build-platform-arch.bin" command from a terminal window (substitute the correct player/build/architecture/compiler version for your system)
  • Run the .bin file. It will provide you with several prompts, including the target installation directory
  • Confirm that the installer has copied the nphelix.so 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 see if it picks them up. It should look something like this: Helix DNA Plugin
    File name: nphelix.so
    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 RealPlayer- file (substitute the correct architecture/compiler version for your system.)
  • login as root
  • run the command "rpm -i RealPlayer-"

Using the bz2 tarball (for Linux)

  • the binary installer is the preferred method of installing the player.
  • note that the binary tarball will extract into the current directory.
  • extract the tarball using:
  • tar -jvxf chmod a+x player-0.3.0.build-platform-arch.bin -C /path/to/RealPlayer10Alpha
  • substitute the correct player/build/architecture/compiler version for your system

Preference Locations

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

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 irc.helixcommunity.org channel #player, or via the dev@player.helixcommunity.org 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.