MPlayer frontend for Windows and Linux


SMPlayer is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the award-winning MPlayer, which is capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats. See a list of all supported formats
SMPlayer is multi-platform and runs on Windows and Linux. It has been developed using the Qt toolkit.

MPlayer is a powerful media player but it's a command-line application and many people find it hard to use. SMPlayer makes easy to access the most common and useful functions of MPlayer, like selecting the audio or subtitle track, enabling video filters, adjusting the audio delay, playback speed and many more, using a nice and intuitive interface. A complete preferences dialog is also available with options to fine-tune performance, change the color and font of subtitles, set key shortcuts...

But SMPlayer also adds other interesting features like the possibility to play Youtube videos, search and download subtitles, create video preview images...

One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume...

Some other interesting features:

  • Support for Youtube.
  • Complete preferences dialog, where you can change the key shortcuts, colors and fonts of the subtitles, and many more.
  • Support for skins and icon themes.
  • Possibility to search and download subtitles from opensubtitles.org.
  • Filters. Many video and audio filters are available: deinterlace, postprocessing, denoise... and even a karaoke filter (voice removal).
  • Seeking by mouse wheel. You can use your mouse wheel to go forward or backward in the video. The mouse buttons can also be customized.
  • Video equalizer, allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and gamma of the video image.
  • Multiple speed playback. You can play at 2X, 4X... and even in slow motion.
  • Audio and subtitles delay adjustment. Allows you to sync audio and subtitles.
  • Advanced options, such as selecting a demuxer or video & audio codecs.
  • On your own language: currently SMPlayer is translated into more than 30 languages, including Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese....
  • Free and open source. SMPlayer is under the GPL license.
  • Compatible with Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8.

Improved support for the new MPlayer2

SMPlayer also supports MPlayer2. MPlayer2 is a fork of MPlayer which includes new features like support for Matroska's ordered chapters or precise seeks, and also provides some bug fixes. See a detailed list of differences.

Update It seems MPlayer2 is not developed anymore and it has been superseded by mpv. Fortunately SMPlayer now supports mpv as well!

MPlayer binaries available for Windows

The SMPlayer packages for Windows already include a recent version of MPlayer. But if you're looking for even newer builds of MPlayer or MPlayer2, please take a look at these projects maintained by redxii:


Version 16.1
  • Fix for YouTube.
  • The screenshots work again with older versions of MPlayer/mpv.
  • Possibility to add bookmarks (menu Browse), which allows to mark your favorite parts of the video for a quick access.
  • New option 'Prevent window to get outside of screen' in Preferences -> Interface.
Version 15.11
  • Fix for YouTube.
  • (Experimental) Support for YouTube live streams.
  • The thumbnail generator is much faster now.
  • New options to seek to the previous or next subtitle (mpv only).
  • New option to select the image format for the screenshots (mpv only).
  • Fix a crash when changing the GUI.
  • New option that allows to center the window automatically.
  • A tooltip is now displayed in the time slider with the corresponding time of the mouse position.
  • (Find subtitles) New option to specify if the language code should be appended to the subtitle filename.
  • (Windows) The main window will be centered if it's partially outside of the desktop after an auto resize.
  • When adding files to the playlist the first item is moved to its correct place in the list.
  • (Experimental) New action to start/stop capturing the playback stream. The captured stream will be saved to the folder specified in the smplayer.ini option capture_directory with the name capture_NNNN.dump. It only works correctly with mpeg. With other formats the dumped stream won't play back.
  • Disable the extrastereo and karaoke filters when using mpv.
Version 15.9
  • Support for the 3D stereo filter.
  • We added support for mpv, which is a player based on mplayer with new features and bug fixes.
  • Now it's possible to select a secondary subtitle track which is displayed on top of the screen (mpv only).
  • New option to set a template for screenshots (mpv only).
  • Now it's possible to play videos from streaming sites (besides Youtube) like DailyMotion, Vimeo, Vevo and many more (mpv only).
  • Option to step back one frame (mpv only).
  • The Windows installer now allows to choose the playback engine to install: mplayer or mpv.
  • Better support for YouTube (VEVO videos).
  • Possibility to set a proxy.
  • New action (assigned by default to key "I") shows the current playback time, total time and percentage, for 2 seconds on the OSD.
  • Add the possibility to use the mouse buttons for "next chapter" and "previous chapter".
  • New option to delete a file in the playlist from the filesystem.
  • Support for MPRIS2.
  • Possibility to compile SMPlayer without MPlayer or mpv support.
  • The new H2O theme is now the default theme.