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SMPlayer – A Free Media Player for All Formats

SMPlayer for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi
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SMPlayer is a free and open-source media player built with codecs that enable it to play virtually all audio and video formats on Windows and Linux operating systems. It has a beautiful graphical user interface courtesy of the award-winning MPlayer with added features such as the option to download subtitles and play YouTube videos.

Apart from housing all the features expected in any media player, the most convenient thing about SMPlayer is that once you wouldn’t need to install any codecs for specific audio or video formats because it ships with all of them preinstalled and still manages to maintain a small package size.

Features in SMPlayer

  • Free and open-source.
  • Available on Windows and Linux.
  • Play all media formats.
  • Support for YouTube.
  • Search and download subtitles.
  • Thumbnail generator.
  • Audio and video filters.
  • MPlayer for its playback engine.
  • UI customization with skins.
  • Built-codecs for tons of media formats.
  • Multiple languages.

Install SMPlayer on Linux

Install SMPlayer on Debian, Ubuntu, and their derivatives by running these commands:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer 
$ sudo apt-get update 
$ sudo apt-get install smplayer smplayer-themes smplayer-skins

The packages for Ubuntu are built using Qt 4. Those built with Qt 5 for OpenSUSE, Fedora, Debian, and Ubuntu can be downloaded from here.

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SMPlayer also features also advanced features like video and audio filters, subtitle delay, audio adjustment, video equalizer, change of playback speed, and many more. It uses the prolific MPlayer for playback so you’re sure to have an enjoyable user experience.

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We’ve got several GUI and command-line media players over the years and I’m wondering if you have used any of them yet. Either way, SMPlayer is a good point to start given its minimal size, ability to play any audio and video format, and other extra features for enjoyable user experience. Remember to let us know how you feel about it in the discussion section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.