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Documentation - Customization - Real Player


This page explains how to configure K-Meleon 0.7 to use the Real Player to play Real Audio files. This method also works with K-Meleon 0.6. These instructions assume that you already have Real Player installed on your computer.


K-Meleon doesn't automatically recognize Real media files when you are browsing. If you try to open a Real media file, K-Meleon will attempt to save the file on your computer. You need to configure K-Meleon to open the Real Player when it encounters a Real media file. You do this by adding several preferences to K-Meleon's preference file to enable the playing of the Real media files.

Close K-Meleon before starting. If you are using the Loader, make sure that you exit that also.

1. Open Notepad or some other text editor.

2. K-Meleon's preferences are stored in a file called prefs.js. Prefs.js is normally located here:

C:\Program Files\K-Meleon\Profiles\default\xxxxxxxx.slt\

Browse to this location and open prefs.js in Notepad.

3. Move your cursor to the end of the file and add the following three lines:

user_pref("browser.helperApps.neverAsk.openFile", "audio/x-pn-realaudio, audio/x-realaudio, application/vnd.rn-realmedia");
user_pref("kmeleon.general.CloseDownloadDialog", true);
user_pref("kmeleon.general.saveDir", "C:\\temp\\");

4. The entry for "kmeleon.general.saveDir" needs to be a valid directory name. If that directory does not exist, K-Meleon will ignore your preferences and try to create a new profile. Note that directories are separated by two "\\".

5. Save prefs.js and restart K-Meleon.

6. Browse to a web site with Real media files like Garbage and try out the Real media files!

Based on documentation provided by Andres Aule.

Last updated: November 7, 2002
Created: January 17, 2002

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