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SMPlayer Version 19.1 with dark skin Playing a Video of 0 A.D. in GNOME Shell
SMPlayer Version 19.1 with dark skin Playing a Video of 0 A.D. in GNOME Shell
Developer(s)Ricardo Villalba[1]
Initial releaseDecember 11, 2006; 12 years ago (2006-12-11)
Stable release
19.1 [2] / March 20, 2019; 29 days ago (2019-03-20) [3]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC++ (Qt)[4]
Operating systemUnix-like, Windows XP and later
Available inMultilingual
TypeMedia player
LicenseGNU GPL[5]

SMPlayer is a cross-platform graphical front-end for MPlayer and forks of Mplayer using GUI widgets offered by Qt. SMPlayer is free and open-source software subject to the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 or later.[5] SMplayer has been localized in more than 30 languages.


  • Remembers the settings and time position of each file it plays
  • Audio and video filters & equalizer
  • Has multiple speed playback and allows for a single step forward and backward
  • Configurable subtitles with Internet fetch
  • Radio, TV[6], and YouTube support with playback of up to 4K resolution at 60fps[2]
  • Skinnable
  • Automatic support for EDL files
  • Chromecast support (Requires Google Chrome or Chromium and the "webfs" package.)


Interface playing an audio file on Ubuntu 16.10
SMPlayer 0.6.7 under Windows Vista
SMPlayer playing the movie Sintel in Ubuntu 12.04.

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.


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.[7]

"Portable" (no installer) versions are also available in PortableApps format.[8] An independent doom9 developer offers different Windows packages based on MPlayer binaries ported by Gianluigi Tiesi.[9][10]


  • UMPlayer was a fork that offered integration with SHOUTcast streams and support for Mac OS X.[11][12][13] The SMPlayer FAQ advises UMPlayer users that the same features have been added and that SMPlayer is more frequently updated.[14]
  • SMPlayer2: An abandoned fork targeted at mplayer2 users, as of 2014 replaced by SMPlayer with mpv.[15][16]


  1. ^ SMPlayer – License Information, archived from the original on 2012-02-06, retrieved 2012-01-07
  2. ^ a b "Changes from version 17.1 to 19.1". Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Download SMPlayer 19.1.0 / Unstable". Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  4. ^ "SMPlayer", Analysis Summary, Ohloh, retrieved 2012-01-08
  5. ^ a b SMPlayer homepage
  6. ^ "Versatile music player works SMPlayer", VNExpress, retrieved 2012-01-01
  7. ^ SMPlayer - Downloads,, archived from the original on 2011-11-03, retrieved 2012-01-08
  8. ^ "SMPlayer Portable". 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  9. ^ LoRd MuldeR (2015). "MuldeR's OpenSource Projects". MPlayer for Windows. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  10. ^ Gianluigi Tiesi (sherpya) (2015). "Mplayer port on win32". Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  11. ^ "UMPlayer, MPlayer fork with interesting features". 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  12. ^ UMPlayer: New Cross-Platform MPlayer GUI Based on SMPlayer, WebUpd8, 2011-04-01, retrieved 2011-08-16
  13. ^ "UMPlayer: my favourite media player for Ubuntu". OMG! Ubuntu. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  14. ^ "SMPlayer - Frequently asked questions (FAQ)". Archived from the original on 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  15. ^ Martin Herkt (lachs0r) (2013-01-11). "SMPlayer2". GitHub. Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-02-13. you should take a look at mpv instead
  16. ^ Ricardo Villalba (rvm) (2014-11-16). "SMPlayer with support for MPV is now available". Official SMPlayer Blog. Retrieved 2015-02-13.

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