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Release notes for GStreamerĀ 0.8.8 "I'll Take Care Of You"

The GStreamer team is happy to announce a new release in the 0.8.x stable series of the GStreamer streaming-media framework.

The 0.8.x series is a stable series aimed at end users. It is not API or ABI compatible with the stable 0.6.x series. It is, however, parallel installable with the 0.6.x series.

This module only contains core functionality. For actual media playback, you will need other modules. GStreamer Plug-ins contains a huge set of additional plugins. GStreamer FFmpeg contains a plugin based on the popular FFmpeg decoding library. These modules need not have the same source version as the core, as long as they are in the 0.8.x series.

Features of this release

  • Parallel installability with 0.6.x series
  • Internationalization
  • Threading fixes
  • Opt scheduler fixes
  • Documentation updates
  • New translation: Norwegian Bokmaal (Kjartan Maraas)
  • New translation: Italian (Luca Ferretti)
  • New scheduler: fair

Bugs fixed in this release

  • 144804 : opt scheduler breaks on playing a pipeline
  • 148787 : clocks are not distributed correctly
  • 149936 : [PATCH] [build] GStreamer without registry support do not...
  • 150051 : fakesrc needs a data rate parameter that timestamps the d...
  • 151605 : impossible to play .mpg or avi files with gst-launch-ext
  • 153882 : [PATCH] The win32 version of gstenumtypes is not up to date
  • 154061 : optimal scheduler doesn't get freed
  • 156063 : infinite loop and 100% CPU with some MP3
  • 156179 : gstreamer typefind plugin information from gst-inspect is...
  • 157127 : Cleanup of issues reported by sparse
  • 157263 : use G_SIGNAL_TYPE_STATIC_SCOPE for GstBuffers in handoff ...
  • 158018 : gstreamer typefind stalls on these JPEG files
  • 158162 : opt deadlock
  • 158163 : [api] Problem querying on ghostpads
  • 159852 : [PATCH] [api] g_signal_emit thread safety issues
  • 160019 : segfault when error occurs playback of uri containing per...
  • 160220 : gst_pad_set_explicit_caps of a NULL caps doesn't work

API changes

  • API additions
    • A new function, gst_plugin_get_version, has been added.


You can find source releases of gstreamer in the gstreamer download directory.

The git repository and details how to clone it can be found at .


The project's website is

Support and Bugs

We use GNOME's bugzilla for bug reports and feature requests.

Please submit patches via bugzilla as well.

For help and support, please subscribe to and send questions to the gstreamer-devel mailing list (see below for details).

Find us on IRC at #gstreamer.


Git is hosted on You can browse the gstreamer repository.

All code is in Git and can be checked out from there.

Interested developers of the core library, plugins, and applications should subscribe to the gstreamer-devel list.


Applications already ported to use GStreamer 0.8.x include the GNOME desktop components like gnome-media and nautilus-media, as well as other GNOME applications including sound-juicer, totem and RhythmBox.

Contributors to this release

  • Benjamin Otte
  • Christian Schaller
  • Christophe Fergeau
  • Daniel Gazard
  • David Schleef
  • Edward Hervey
  • Johan Dahlin
  • Luca Ferretti
  • Kjartan Maraas
  • Martin Soto
  • Matt Kraai
  • Ronald Bultje
  • Sebastien Cote
  • Stefan Kost
  • Stephane Loeuillet
  • Steve Lhomme
  • Thomas Vander Stichele
  • William Jon McCann
  • Wim Taymans
  • Zaheer Abbas Merali

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