Saturday, February 20, 2016

How to play midi files on Linux Mint

While trying out Linux mint I was surprised at it not being able to play midi files out of the box. This can be easily remedied by installing the fluidsynth soundfont plugin for vlc. I'll assume here that you have already the vlc player installed.

Step 1

Open your software manager and search for vlc.

Step 2

Among the results is one for vlc-plugin-fluidsynth. Select it and install it.

Step 3

Open your terminal with  Ctrl+Alt+T

Step  4

We want to associate the format to the player.
Type gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/defaults.list

Step 5

Press Ctrl+H and search for midi.

Step 6

Replace audio/midi=totem.desktop for audio/midi=vlc.desktop. Save your work and you are done.