Problems with Chromecast in Chromium on Linux (working!)

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Tags: chromium chromecast arch avahi

After too long without being able to cast to my speakers, it was time to get it up and running. Started off with starting the avahi-daemon and getting mdns up and running. That made me able to find the chromecast device in the local mDNS group, but Chromium saw nothing.

Chromium Cast: no cast destinations found

Assuming you have chromium installed already. My version information:

$ chromium --version
Chromium 57.0.2987.133

Install packages

# pacman -S avahi nss-mdns

Edit nsswitch.conf and add mdns_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] just before resolve on the hosts: line

hosts: files mymachines mdns_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] resolve [!UNAVAIL=return] dns myhostname

Configuring my firewall. This is only neccessary if the default outgoing policy is deny or reject.

# ufw allow out to any port 5353 proto udp

Start Chromium with custom flag to enable Media Router Component Extension or enable it in Chrome through chrome://flags/#load-media-router-component-extension. The command line argument may or may not work, but the flag sets it for sure.

$ chromium --load-media-router-component-extension

This is where chromium segfaults and dumps its core

kernel: Networking Priv[1668]: segfault at 10 ip 000055a8a812aac8 sp 00007ff4c872ed30 error 4 in chromium[55a8a6331000+8833000]

If you previously set the flag manually in chrome://about:flags you can revert it by editing ~/.config/chromium/Local\ State

$ sed -e 's/load-media-router-component-extension@0/load-media-router-component-extension@1/' ~/.config/chromium/Local\ State

This is the current state of Chromecast support in Chromium. I have seen some people around the net getting it to work, but their setup is uknown. This post will be updated when I get it to work properly again.

Working in Chromium 59.0.3071.115 (as of 2017-07-10)


Works again!


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