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MPlayer is a powerful and customisable video player with support for a large number of audio and video codecs.

Installing MPlayer

attachment:IconsPage/apt.png Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake)

  • Beginning with Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake, you no longer need to match your CPU to the proper MPlayer package. BR Simply install the mplayer package from the [:AddingRepositoriesHowto: Multiverse repository].

BR attachment:IconsPage/apt.png Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) and earlier

  • See this [:/Breezy: wiki page] for installation instructions.



The configuration options for MPLayer given here are mostly taken from Ubuntu 6.06 and should work on most computers.

attachment:IconsPage/terminal.png To use this configuration, open MPlayer's configuration file

  • ~/.mplayer/config
    and edit the file as follows:
    # Specify default video driver (see mplayer -vo help for a list).
    # Specify default audio driver (see mplayer -ao help for a list).
    # Drop frames to preserve audio/video sync.
    framedrop = yes
    # get a default OSD font from fontconfig
    fontconfig = yes
    font = "Sans"
    subfont-text-scale = 3


Streaming Video

MPlayer provides excellent streaming video support for Mozilla, Firefox, Epiphany and Konqueror. To enable support for streaming media install the package mozilla-mplayer.


Supported Audio and Video Codecs

  • Supported video codecs include:
    • MPEG-1 (VCD) and MPEG-2 (SVCD/DVD/DVB) video
    • MPEG-4 in all variants including DivX, OpenDivX (DivX4), DivX 5 (Pro), XviD

    • Windows Media Video 7/8 (WMV1/2)
    • Windows Media Video 9 (WMV3) (using x86 DLL)
    • RealVideo 1.0, 2.0 (G2)

    • RealVideo 3.0 (RP8), 4.0 (RP9) (using Real libraries)

    • Sorenson v1/v3 (SVQ1/SVQ3), Cinepak, RPZA and other QuickTime codecs

    • DV video
    • 3ivx
    • Intel Indeo3 (3.1, 3.2)
    • Intel Indeo 4.1 and 5.0 (using x86 DLL or XAnim codecs)

    • VIVO 1.0, 2.0, I263 and other H.263(+) variants (using x86 DLL)
    • MJPEG, AVID, VCR2, ASV2 and other hardware formats
    • FLI/FLC
    • HuffYUV

    • various old simple RLE-like formats
  • Supported audio codecs include:
    • MPEG layer 1, 2, and 3 (MP3) audio
    • AC3/A52 (Dolby Digital) audio (software or SP/DIF)
    • AAC (MPEG-4 audio)
    • WMA (DivX Audio) v1, v2

    • WMA 9 (WMAv3), Voxware audio, etc (using x86 DLLs)
    • RealAudio: COOK, SIPRO, ATRAC3 (using Real libraries)

    • RealAudio: DNET and older codecs

    • QuickTime: Qclp, Q-Design QDMC/QDM2, MACE 3/6 (using QT libraries), ALAC

    • Ogg Vorbis audio
    • VIVO audio (g723, Vivo Siren) (using x86 DLL)
    • alaw/ulaw, (ms)gsm, pcm, adpcm and other simple old audio formats