Developer(s)Ricardo Villalba[1]
Initial releaseDecember 11, 2006; 17 years ago (2006-12-11)
Stable release
23.12.0[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 26 December 2023; 4 months ago (26 December 2023)
Written inC++ (Qt)[3]
Operating systemUnix-like, Windows XP and later
Available inMultilingual
TypeMedia player

SMPlayer is a cross-platform graphical front-end for MPlayer and mpv[6] 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.


Some of the features of SMPlayer are: holding a memory of the time position of each file it has played, audio/video filters and equalizer, variable speed playback (it also allows for frame-by-frame playback, forwards or backwards), configurable subtitles with Internet fetch, YouTube & Radio & TV[7] support with playback of up to 4K resolution at 60 fps,[8] skinnable user interface, automatic support for EDL files, and Chromecast support (requires Google Chrome or Chromium and the "webfs" package.)


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


Current versions of SMPlayer bundle all codecs inside the installer, therefore there is no longer any need for a web connection during install. Originally, SMPlayer was distributed with a NSIS generated setup (previously Inno Setup) Since version 0.6.7. This installer was capable of downloading and installing the latest MPlayer and MPlayer codec packages during setup. An alternative installer was available with MPlayer included for off-line installs.[9]

"Portable" (no installer) versions are also available in PortableApps format.[10] An independent Doom9 developer offers different Windows packages based on MPlayer binaries ported by Gianluigi Tiesi.[11][12]

Abandoned forks


  1. ^ Readme.txt, archived from the original on 2021-08-20, retrieved 2021-08-21
  2. ^ "Version 23.12.0". 26 December 2023. Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  3. ^ "The SMPlayer Open Source Project on Open Hub". Open Hub. Retrieved 2021-08-21.
  4. ^ "smplayer/Readme.txt at master · smplayer-dev/smplayer · GitHub". GitHub. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  5. ^ a b SMPlayer homepage
  6. ^ a b Michael Larabel (2014-01-01). "MPlayer2 Gone Dark, MPV Is Still Happening". Phoronix. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  7. ^ "TV Related Software", LinuxTVWiki, retrieved 2019-06-09
  8. ^ "Changes from version 17.1 to 19.5". Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  9. ^ SMPlayer - Downloads,, archived from the original on 2011-11-03, retrieved 2012-01-08
  10. ^ "SMPlayer Portable". 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  11. ^ LoRd MuldeR (2015). "MuldeR's OpenSource Projects". MPlayer for Windows. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  12. ^ Gianluigi Tiesi (sherpya) (2015). "Mplayer port on win32". Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  13. ^ "UMPlayer, MPlayer fork with interesting features". 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  14. ^ UMPlayer: New Cross-Platform MPlayer GUI Based on SMPlayer, WebUpd8, 2011-04-01, retrieved 2011-08-16
  15. ^ "UMPlayer: my favourite media player for Ubuntu". OMG! Ubuntu. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  16. ^ "UMPlayer - Get the latest version with a fix for Youtube". Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  17. ^ Ricardo Villalba (rvm) (2014-11-16). "SMPlayer with support for MPV is now available". Official SMPlayer Blog. Retrieved 2015-02-13.