GOM Player

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GOM Player
GOM Player Logo.png
GOM Player Default Skin Screenshot.PNG
GOM Player, using default skin
Developer(s) Gretech
Initial release January 7, 2003; 13 years ago (2003-01-07)
Stable release (March 26, 2015; 10 months ago (2015-03-26)) [±]
Preview release None [±]
Operating system Windows 2000 and later[1]
Platform IA-32
Available in English, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified)
Type Media player
License Adware Ad-supported[2]
Website player.gomlab.com

GOM Player (short for Gretech Online Movie Player) is a media player for Windows, developed by the Gretech Corporation of South Korea. Its main features include the ability to play some broken media files and find missing codecs using a codec finder service.[1]

The word gom (곰) means "bear" in Korean, and as such GOM Player uses a bear's paw as its symbol.

Supported formats[edit]

GOM Player can play following multimedia formats:

The player can play incomplete, broken or damaged AVI files by skipping bad frames and rebuilding the file's index when necessary. GOM Player also supports peer-to-peer video streaming through an official add-on called GOMTV Streamer.[3]


The latest version of GOM Player supports the following subtitle formats:

Codec finder[edit]

Another significant feature of GOM Player is that where it can't play the audio or video of a media file natively, it will try to find an appropriate external codec which will play that file format, using the format's GUID, a unique identifier for the required codec. On finding a match, it will direct the user to a webpage where the codec can be downloaded and installed.

Popularity in South Korea[edit]

GOM Player is South Korea's most popular media player. As of July 2007, it had 21.3 million users, compared to 5.4 million users of Microsoft's Windows Media Player.

A survey of usage over a single week by Metrix, an internet survey company, found that 69.8% of users watched pornography, 43.2% watched cinematic movies, 29.6% watched television dramas, 21.8% watched variety shows, 11% watched cartoons, and 7% watched music videos.[4] This is in line with South Korea being allegedly the greatest spender per capita on pornography, even though local production of pornography is illegal.[5] Gretech disputes the credibility of this report.

Metrix obtained the survey data from 12,000 internet users who agreed to voluntarily install a monitoring tool. Only file names were used to categorize the media files included in the survey.

Gretech points out that media files played by GOM Player are not monitored,[6] and that only the explicit installation of the Metrix survey software enabled that monitoring to be done.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Specifications". GOMlab. Gretech. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "GOM Player". Softpedia. SoftNews. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  3. ^ What is GOMTV Streamer? Archived November 5, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Two in Three GOM Player Users Watch Porn". The Chosun Ilbo. 2007-07-20. Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  5. ^ Ropelato, Jerry (2007-07-20). "Internet Pornography Statistics". Internet Filter Software Review. Top Ten Reviews. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  6. ^ 곰플레이어, 재생파일 모니터링 안한다! [GOM Player doesn't monitor played files!]. inews24.com (in Korean). 2007-07-22. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 

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