What are the video players available for elementary OS and how to install them?

I would like to know installation from the Software center and using terminal command:

1.SMplayer here

2.VLC here

3.Banshee here

4.mpv here

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    This is really broad, but these kinds of things tend to be useful, so I'll leave it to the community.
    – Lewis Goddard
    Commented Oct 11, 2015 at 0:09

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Audience (Videos)

elementary OS comes with its own video player preinstalled. It's called Audience, but it's commonly referred to as Videos in the elementary community. It offers a minimalistic user interface, it works with a large variety of video codecs' and it manages subtitles just fine.

Audience running in elementary OS Freya

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    nice screenshot =)
    – Ravan
    Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 12:32


VLC is probably the most popular open source video player. It can handle a stunning amount of files (it's not limited to just videos), it can be run on a large variety of platforms (Linux, Windows, OS X, Unix...) and it's highly customizable.

You can install it by typing sudo apt-get install vlc inside of your terminal or by searching for it using Software Center.



SMPlayer is a free media player for Linux with built-in codecs that can play virtually all video and audio formats.

It doesn't need any external codecs. Just install SMPlayer and you'll be able to play all formats without the hassle to find and install codec packs.SMPlayer is a free media player.


Install from software center (easy way)


From terminal:

sudo apt-get install smplayer


Possible to display two subtitles

For screenshots refer here

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    – elmato
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 3:23
  • @elmato what? ^
    – Ravan
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 3:25
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    Bloody cat... ;p
    – elmato
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 4:42

MPV Player

MPV Player is a free, open source, and cross-platform media player. It is based on MPlayer and mplayer2. It supports a wide variety of video file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types.

sudo apt-get install mplayer2
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mpv 

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While mpv has no official GUI, it has a small controller that is triggered by mouse movement. mpv leverages the FFmpeg hwaccel APIs to support VDPAU, VAAPI, DXVA2, VDA and VideoToolbox video decode acceleration.

  • your screenshot is attractive +1 =)
    – Ravan
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 8:51
  • Can I suggest you- edit answer and post only about the particular video player, for example here,
    – Ravan
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 8:54
  • @Ravan sure i'll edit the answer. thank you for letting me know.
    – dhanushkac
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 9:09


Banshee is an open-source media player.

It is available in elementary OS (freya) Software Center.

You can install by using the command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install banshee


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