SMPlayer and GNOME Mplayer - Two Incredibly Good Mplayer Based Media Players For Ubuntu

If you like mplayer, you will love SMPlayer and Gnome-Mplayer. Both SMplayer and Gnome-Mplayer are really good MPlayer front-ends and they do work great. SMplayer has long been my favorite multimedia player in Ubuntu and we have even featured SMplayer among the most wanted multimedia apps for Ubuntu.
SMplayer is an incredibly good front end of award winning MPlayer multimedia player for Linux. SMplayer can play the most known audio and video formats without any need of external codecs.


SMPlayer can remember the settings of all files you play. Which means, for some reason if you have to leave SMPlayer in the middle of the movie, for example, and you come back and try playing the same movie again, SMPlayer will start from where you left it before, with the same settings that include audio track, subtitles, volume etc. This simple feature gives SMPlayer a sophisticated feel and is also one of the primary reasons for using it as my default media player.

How to Install Latest SMPlayer in Ubuntu Maverick, Lucid, Karmic?
  • Open Terminal(Applications - Accessories - Terminal), and copy-paste the following line into Terminal. 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer && sudo apt-get update
  • Now install latest SMPlayer in Ubuntu.
sudo apt-get install smplayer
  • Done. Applications - Sound & Video - SMPlayer
GNOME Mplayer

Gnome-Mplayer is a GTK2 interface to MPlayer. The power of MPlayer combined with a friendly interface for your desktop. You can play all your multimedia (audio, video, CD, DVDs, and VCDs, streams etc.), organize, sort and create playlists, take screenshots while playing videos, be notified about media changes.

GNOME Mplayer

How to Install GNOME Mplayer in Ubuntu?
  • Gnome-Mplayer is available with Ubuntu repositories by defualt, which means you can search and install Gnome-Mplayer directly from Ubuntu Software Center or you could simply use the following command.
sudo apt-get install gnome-mplayer
  • Done. Applications - Sound and Video - GNOME Mplayer
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