How to Make Firefox Open RTSP Addresses

by Daniel Hatter

Real-Time Streaming Protocol is a network protocol used for the transfer of real-time media. In similar fashion to HTTP -- which is used to transfer HTML -- RTSP can be used over a network or the Web. However, with its default settings, Firefox can't handle RTSP addresses. To give Firefox the ability to open RTSP addresses, add a new entry to the Firefox configuration file. Firefox then prompts you to select a program that will open the media whenever you visit an RSTP address.

1

Open Firefox, type "about:config" (omit the quotes) in the address bar, and then click the "I'll be careful, I promise" button when the warning page appears.

2

Right-click anywhere on the page and select the "New" item in the context menu. Choose "Boolean" from the submenu, type "network.protocol-handler.expose.rtsp" (omit the quotes), and then press "Enter."

3

Select "False" from the drop-down menu, and then press "Enter" to save the new entry. Close the about:config tab in Firefox, and then go to an RTSP address in the browser. A Firefox prompt appears, asking you to select a program with which to open the streaming media. Check the check box in the prompt to always use the selected program, if applicable.

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Daniel Hatter began writing professionally in 2008. His writing focuses on topics in computers, Web design, software development and technology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in media and game development and information technology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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