How to make openSUSE 12.2 (KDE) show video thumbnails?

Having the ability to see thumbnails of video files is a pretty useful feature. However, ‘Dolphin’ (file manager of the KDE desktop) in openSUSE 12.2 comes with it disabled due to proprietary codec licenses etc.

And even if you’ve already installed all the audio & video codecs then you still have to manually install another package in order to enable the video thumbnail feature in openSUSE 12.2. So if you’ve been wondering ‘how the heck one is supposed to do that?’, then this post is for you :).

But please remember that this is only for those who use the KDE version.


Step 1: As mentioned above, first make sure that you’ve installed the proprietary audio & video codecs.

Step 2: Then open your Terminal and enter the below command.

sudo zypper install ffmpegthumbnailer

This should install the core application that does the thumbnail generation. There’s another one that does the same job but I’ll stick to this one for the sake of simplicity.

Step 3: Now open your ‘Home’ folder and then click on the small ‘wrench’ icon at the right-top of your file manager as shown below. And then from the menu that you get, click on the option called ‘Configure Dolphin…’.


Step 4: From your left-side, choose ‘General’ and then from the right-side options page, click on the ‘Previews’ tab as shown below. This tab lets you enable/disable thumbnail generation in ‘Dolphin’ for certain file types.

Step 5: Then scroll down a bit until you find an option called ‘Video Files (ffmpegthumbs)’. Once you’ve found that, put a check mark in front of it to enable it and then click on the ‘Apply’ button and close the configuration window.


That’s it. Now open a folder containing video files (make sure to have clicked on the icon on the top tool-bar that says ‘Previews’) and you should see ‘Dolphin’ displaying gorgeous looking thumbnails ;-). Enjoy!.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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