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SMPlayer playing the movie Sintel in Ubuntu 12.04.
Developer(s) Ricardo Villalba[1]
Initial release December 11, 2006 (2006-12-11)
Stable release 14.9.0 / 8 September 2014; 4 months ago (2014-09-08)[2]
Written in C++ (Qt)[3]
Operating system Linux, Windows
Available in Multilingual
Type Media player
License GNU GPL[4]
SMPlayer playing the movie Sintel in fullscreen

SMPlayer is a graphical front-end for MPlayer and mpv[5] using GUI widgets offered by Qt.

Being Qt-based SMPlayer runs cross-platform. SMPlayer is free and open-source software subject to the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 or later.[4]


  • Remembers settings and time position of each file it plays
  • Audio and video filters & equalizer
  • Multiple speed playback
  • Playlists
  • Configurable subtitles, Internet fetch
  • Radio
  • TV[6]
  • YouTube browser
  • Skins
  • Localized in more than 30 languages[7]



As of version 0.6.7, SMPlayer is distributed with a NSIS generated setup (previously Inno Setup). The installer is capable of downloading and installing the latest MPlayer and MPlayer codec packages during setup, although an alternative installer is available with MPlayer included for off-line installs.[8]


Since SMPlayer is built with Qt and is based on MPlayer, this makes it quite portable, since MPlayer and Qt are already available on all major operating systems. On the operating systems on which SMPlayer has not yet been ported to, it is likely possible to run the application through binary compatibility with another Unix or Linux.

In addition to the Windows packages, official binary packages are provided for Ubuntu. Many distributions provide packages in their repositories.

For FreeBSD, SMPlayer is available for installation from source via the ports tree and also available as binary packages for most major FreeBSD releases.

OpenBSD also provides binary packages and is available in its ports collection as well.

SMPlayer is not available yet on NetBSD or DragonFly BSD, either in binary format or in pkgsrc. NetBSD should be able to run the FreeBSD binary without much trouble.


Mac versions are discontinued


  • UMPlayer: In addition to the features of SMPlayer, it has integration with SHOUTcast streams and proper support for Mac OS X.[9][10][11] The SMPlayer FAQ advises UMPlayer users that the same features have been added and that SMPlayer is more frequently updated.[12]
  • SMPlayer2: A temporary fork —until mplayer2 receives a new IPC mechanism— targeted at mplayer2 users. Now[when?] dormant as the developer moved on to mpv, a fork of mplayer2.[citation needed]


  1. ^ SMPlayer – License Information, retrieved 2012-01-07 
  2. ^ SMPlayer Latest Changes Page 
  3. ^ "SMPlayer", Analysis Summary (Ohloh), retrieved 2012-01-08 
  4. ^ a b SMPlayer homepage 
  5. ^ SMPlayer with support for MPV is now available, retrieved 2014-11-20 
  6. ^ "Versatile music player works SMPlayer", VNExpress, retrieved 2012-01-01 
  7. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth (2007-12-18), "SMPlayer is subtle but strong", CNET, retrieved 2010-01-16 
  8. ^ SMPlayer - Downloads,, retrieved 2012-01-08 
  9. ^ "UMPlayer, MPlayer fork with interesting features". 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  10. ^ UMPlayer: New Cross-Platform MPlayer GUI Based on SMPlayer, WebUpd8, 2011-04-01, retrieved 2011-08-16 
  11. ^ "UMPlayer: my favourite media player for Ubuntu". OMG! Ubuntu. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  12. ^ "SMPlayer - Frequently asked questions (FAQ)". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 

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