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  • Adobe Flash
    Adobe Flash (previously called Shockwave Flash and Macromedia Flash) is a set of multimedia software created by Macromedia and currently developed and distributed by Adobe Systems. Read more hot
  • Gnash
    Gnash is a Flash movie player and Web browser plugin for Firefox, Mozilla, Konqueror, and Opera. Gnash supports many SWF v7 features and ActionScript3 classes. Gnash supports the majority of Flash opcodes up to SWF version 7, and a wide sampling of ActionScript classes for SWF version 8.5. Gnash also runs on many GNU/Linux distributions, embedded GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, non x86-processors, and 64-bit architectures. There is also a standalone player for GNOME or KDE based desktops. Read more hot
  • GNOME Videos
    GNOME Videos (Totem) is the official movie player of the GNOME desktop environment. It features a playlist, a full-screen mode, seek and volume controls, as well as keyboard navigation. Read more hot
  • Helix Player Project
    Helix Player Project is the Helix Community's open source media player for consumers. It will have a rich and usable graphical interface and support all of the types of media currently offered by our Helix DNA Client. Media support includes SMIL 2.0, RealVideo (RV9, RV8, RV7, RVG2), RealAudio (RA8, G2 audio), MP3, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG4 & H.263. Read more hot
  • Kaffeine
    Kaffeine is a simple and easy to use Media Player based on the xine-lib and full integrated in KDE3. Kaffeine supports Drag and Drop and provides a editable playlist, a bookmark-system, a konqueror plugin, a mozilla plugin, a OSD an much more. Read more hot
  • Kodi
    Kodi is a multimedia player/jukebox application for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and Xbox. It can be used to play or view most common video, audio, and picture formats such as MPEG-1/2/4, DivX, XviD, MP3, AAC, JPG, and GIF directly from a CD or DVD in the Xbox DVD-ROM drive or from the Xbox hard drive. XBMC can also stream files over a local network or from the Internet. Playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast, and many audio visualizations are also included. Read more hot
  • MPlayer
    MPlayer is a movie player for Linux (runs on many other Unices, and non-x86 CPUs, see Ports). It plays most MPEG, VOB, AVI, OGG/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, FLI, RM, NuppelVideo, yuv4mpeg, FILM, RoQ, PVA, Matroska files, supported by many native, XAnim, RealPlayer, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, RealMedia, Sorenson, Theora, and MPEG-4 (DivX) movies too. Another big feature of MPlayer is the wide range of supported output drivers. It works with X11, Xv, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, AAlib, libcaca, DirectFB, but you can use GGI and SDL (and this way all their drivers) and some lowlevel card-specific drivers (for Matrox, 3Dfx and Radeon, Mach64, Permedia3) too! Read more hot
  • RealPlayer
    RealPlayer allows you to play streaming audio and video over the Internet in real-time. hot
  • SMTube
    SMTube is an open source stand-alone graphical application that lets you search, play and download YouTube videos. Videos are played back with a media player (by default the open source SMPlayer is used, a media player that can play virtually all video and audio formats) instead of a Flash player. This allows better performance, particularly with high definition content. SMTube also lets users download the videos. Several videos can be downloaded at a time. Read more hot
  • VideoLAN
    VideoLAN is a portable set of MPEG2 network-based tools for Unix and BeOS. The server broadcasts MPEG2 streams, and the client can play them from the network, from a file. Read more hot
  • XAnim
    XAnim is a player of avi, .wav, .fli, .gsm formats via ftp, http, or stdin. hot
  • xine
    xine is a free multimedia player. It plays back CDs, DVDs, and VCDs. It also decodes multimedia files like AVI, MOV, WMV, and MP3 from local disk drives, and displays multimedia streamed over the Internet. It interprets many of the most common multimedia formats available - and some of the most uncommon formats, too. Read more hot
  • RasPlex
    RasPlex is a community driven port of Plex Home Theater for the Raspberry Pi. new
  • aKtion!
    aKtion! is a video player based on xanim. It (xanim) supports many different file formats: AVI, Quicktime, FLI, FLC, IFF, GIF, DL, and Amiga MovieSetter animations.
  • apron
    apron is an ASCII MPEG video player based on aalib and libmpeg3. It plays MPEG Layer 1 video .
  • ASDF
    ASDF (A Simple DVD Frontend for MPlayer) is intended to make watching DVDs with MPlayer easier. It is written in Perl using the Qt toolkit and provides an easy way to select the track you want to watch, as well as audio and subtitle languages and deinterlacing. It also provides a way to hide the short "empty" tracks that litter many DVDs.
  • Badut Media Jukebox
    Badut is a home theater PC media browser; an audio/video jukebox. It lets you browse your files and play them, with the focus on good LCD/VFD support, pluggable media (e.g. USB), and infrared remote control. How files are played can be configured. Badut comes with a plugin that plays cdrdao audio CD images directly (audio.toc files).
  • Bino
    Bino plays stereoscopic videos, also known as 3D videos. Such videos have separate views for the left and right eye and thus allow depth perception through stereopsis. Bino supports a wide range of input and output formats.
  • bitterbpp
    bitterbpp is a GUI interface for MPlayer, specifically for transcoding DVD titles (video, audio, and subtitles) to Matroska file format.
  • codeine
    Codeine is a KDE video player with an uncluttered interface and smart features. Using lib-xine as its backend, it supports nearly all video formats. A bundled KPart integrates it into Konqueror. Codeine remembers settings specific to each video, not specific to the application (the playback position, the preferred window size, etc.).
  • Console Xine Front End
    CXFE is an extremely simple front end for Xine. It is meant to be comfortable for people used to MPlayer.
  • CrutziPlayer
    CrutziPlayer is a standalone player for NPAPI-based browser plugins (e.g., Flash). It provides external, hardware accelerated fullscreen scaling using XComposite, Cairo, and XFixes.
  • DFBSee
    DFBSee is an image viewer and video player, the current version is a quick hack but nice though. It should become a full-featured image and video viewer over time.
  • Dissent Project
    Dissent attempts to be a full featured multimedia application that can play audio and video files as well as Internet radio streams by using powerful media engine plugins such as GStreamer. It also has robust functionality for both RSS feeds and Podcasts, which can be viewed in the program's built in Web browser. The Dissent Project aims to tightly integrate services from various organizations such as Amnesty International.
  • dmx4mplayer
    dmx4MPlayer is a professional solution for presenting movies and images with fading and total invisible player-software. It was created for the independent media festival in Tübingen, Germany. dmx4MPlayer (x4m for short) is a GUI for mplayer. It features full control over each dmx-interface. Control panels can be constructed easily through keyboard shortcuts. A list-view of multiple DVDs can be realized by copying the DVD directories onto the hard disk. The playlist features start-position marks. Preview and presentation can be done at once.
  • Dragon Player
    Dragon Player is a KDE video player with an uncluttered interface and smart features. A bundled KPart integrates it into Konqueror. Dragon Player remembers settings specific to each video, not specific to the application (the playback position, the preferred window size, etc.).
  • dxr2gui
    dxr2gui is a DVDplayer ONLY for the Creative's Encore 5x decoder card.
  • dxr3Player
    dxr3Player is a lightweight, command-line DVD player for Linux and the DXR3 (aka Hollywood+) MPEG-2 decoder boards. It supports all major DVD features, including: menus, navigation, fast forward and backward playback, subtitles and camera angle changes. The player is very conservative on memory usage and tries very hard (and mostly succeeds) to keep video and audio in sync.
  • EffecTV
    EffecTV is a real-time video effector. You can watch TV or Video through amazing effectors.
  • eMotion
    eMotion is a media player. It uses MPlayer to play the videos, as we are not up to making an entire video rendering program. eMotion is only the front-end which calls MPlayer. The icons, dialog boxes, buttons, menus, all of those things are eMotion.
  • Enfle
    Enfle is a simple and fast graphic viewer/sound player/movie player.
  • Enhanced-Media-Center
    Enhanced-Media-Center is a modular entertaiment system to watch and play multimedia data (audio, video, text, TV, and similar).
  • Enjoympeg
    Enjoympeg is an MPEG-1 video player based on the source of plaympeg from the SMPEG library. It has a hideable control bar which allows you to play/pause, stop, seek and switch to fullscreen mode. This software is distributed under the GNU Public License (GPL).
  • ExMplayer
    ExMplayer (Extended MPlayer) is a GUI front-end for MPlayer with flow view and tool like media cutter. It can play audio,video,dvd files (.vob),vcd files (.mpg,.dat) etc and supports network streaming.
  • GDVD
    GDVD is a Front End GTK Wrapper for 'dvdplay'.
  • Gmerlin
    GTK MediaplayEr foR LINux: an audio/video player for the linux operating system. It's released under the GPL-license. Technically, it consists of a playback engine with playlist support and a gtk GUI
  • GNOME Mplayer
    GNOME Mplayer is a simple GUI for Mplayer. It is based heavily on the mplayerplug-in source code and can basically be seen as a standalone version of that.
  • Goggles DVD Player
    Goggles DVD Player is a frontend for Ogle DVD player. Besides the usual features like having a play button etc, Goggles tries to provide features not often found in other dvd players. Since Ogle in itself is only a dvd player, it has some neat capabilities that "general" media players cannot provide.
  • GQoob
    GQoob: A slightly configurable media player. GQoob uses the XINE libraries to support a variety of media formats. GQoob is a dead project.
  • Gst-Player
    Gst-Player is a full-featured media player for GNOME 2 using the GStreamer multimedia framework. Features include support for a wide range of media formats (both video and audio), support for fullscreen playback, and audio output to a range of sound systems and sound servers.
  • Hades
    Hades is an easy-to-use GNOME video player which allows you to apply special effects in realtime.
  • hls-player
    hls-player is a simple HTTP live streaming player. It can play live and VOD streams.
  • IvySync
    IvySync provides synced playback of multiple videos on multiple screens. In the video art field, there are many artworks which require synchronized and parallel playback of audio/video materials. This software provides such functionality for IvyTV supported hardware decoders, with a time precision to the nanosecond.
  • Ixion media player
    Ixion is a media player written in C/C++ using wxWidgets and GStreamer. It is not a bleeding edge, full-featured, eye-candy, all-in-one application.
  • Kaboodle
    Kaboodle is a light, embedded media player, supporting both video and audio, for KDE. It uses the aRts framework for playing media files. This package is part of KDE, as a component of the KDE multimedia module.
  • Kap
    Kap is a karaoke audio-video player designed with the needs of a KJ in mind
  • Kenbushi
    (commercial) Kenbushi (previously called 'PC-Mac-Net FileShare') is a powerful media center with integrated file sharing, web server and data backup over LAN/Internet. Versions are available for Windows, MacOS X, MacOS Classic and Linux. A free lite edition is also available.
  • kmediagrab
    kmediagrab is a front end to some of mplayer/mencoder features. In detail it grabs audio/video from a DVD , a Tv video card and translate a video file from one format to another.
  • KMPlayer
    KMPlayer is a MPlayer frontend for KDE. It can play all the audio/video supported by MPlayer from local file or url, be embedded inside Konqueror and KHTML and play DVDs. Read more
  • Lightspark
    Lightspark is an open source Flash player which supports the AVM2 virtual machine and the newest versions of SWF files.
  • Lumiere
    Lumiere is a GNOME frontend to libxine from the xine project. It has the looks of XMMS or Winamp and integrates seemlessly with the Gnome Desktop. It uses most of the Gnome technologies available (Intercommunication, configuration registry, session management...).
  • media-box
    media-box is for playing media files and viewing pictures. The program is being developed for a dedicated linux box.
  • MIM
    MIM allows viewing of MPEG-I streams multicasted according to RFC1889, RFC1890, RFC2250. These are video streams broadcasted at 30 fps over the mbone. Audio is typically in the form of mpeg layer 2 or 3.
  • Minitube
    Minitube is a native YouTube client. With it you can watch YouTube videos in a new way: you type a keyword, and Minitube gives you an endless video stream. Minitube does not require the Flash Player. Read more
  • Miro
    Miro (previously known as Democracy Player) is a platform for Internet television and video. It allows you to download and watch videos from RSS feeds (including podcasts, video blogs, and BitTorrent feeds). Read more
  • mmp
    mmp is a simple but effective graphical frontend for mplayer or mpg123. It offers no support for playlists, but ships with an integrated directory browser.
  • Moovida
    Moovida (formerly Elisa) is a project to create a media center solution for GNU/Linux and Unix operating systems. Moovida runs on top of the GStreamer multimedia framework. In addition to personal video recorder functionality (PVR) and Music Jukebox support, Elisa also interoperates with devices following the DLNA standard, like Intel's ViiV systems. Read more
  • Mozilla Media Player
    Mozilla Media Player is an attempt at creating an audio and video player much like Real Networks Real Player using mozilla components. The hope is that one day mozmp will support a bevy of audio formats, and a gaggle of video formats.
  • mplay
    mplay is a console based frontend for MPlayer written in Perl. MPlayer plays most audio and video formats.
  • MplayerXP
    MplayerXP is a branch of the well known mplayer which is based on new (thread based) core. The new core provides better CPU utilization and excellently improves performance of video decoding.
  • mpv
    mpv is a fork of mplayer2 and MPlayer. It shares some features with the former projects while introducing many more. Read more
  • My Media System
    My Media System is an application that manages, displays and plays media content such as videos, music, pictures, and more. MMS runs perfectly on anything from a Set-Top-Box connected to your TV-Set, to your specially tailored multimedia PC and HD display.
  • oKle
    oKle is a KDE frontend to the Ogle DVD player.
  • OpenPHT
    OpenPHT is a community driven fork of Plex Home Theater.
  • oxine
    oxine is a lightweight GUI for the famous xine engine which uses the on screen display functionality of xine to display its user interface elements like buttons, lists sliders and so on.
  • Parole
    Parole is a modern simple media player based on the GStreamer framework and written to fit well in the Xfce desktop.
  • playvideo
    playvideo is a program that plays video files (avi, qt, mpeg) on svgalib.
  • Pygme
    Pygme is an MPlayer frontend written in Python/PyGTK. It has been written with audio and video songs in mind (as opposed to movies). It has a searchable media library, which can be used to enqueue songs in a playlist. It also has support for processing ID3 tag information.
  • PyMei
    PyMei is a Python media center application. It's designed to run as a full screen application on an HTPC, navigated by a keyboard or an LIRC input device. It plays videos or shows other types of media using external programs like mplayer. With its plugin support and themeability, it's aiming to be a very extensible and customizable media interface.
  • QMPlay2
    QMPlay2 is a QT-based media player.
  • QuickASCII
    QuickASCII is a console-based movie player and picture viewer powered by Quicktime.
  • QuickVideo Player
    QuickVideo Player is a complete, end-to-end video streaming solution for Linux workstations.
  • QVCDGear
    QVCDGear is a graphical frontend for the console version of vcdgear. It is built on Linux, but will probably compile and run on other unices as well. Version 3 of the QT toolkit is required. QVCDGear is licensed under the GPL.
  • ROSA Media Player
    ROSA Media Player (ROMP) is a new media player for the ROSA/Mandriva. Technically it is based on MPLayer and SMPlayer code, but considerably differs from the SMPlayer (yes, ROMP is fork of the SMPlayer).
  • Sinek
    Sinek is a GTK+ video/audio player, capable of supporting all formats libxine supports. At the moment, this includes; Audio MPEG 1, 2, and 3, Vorbis (.ogg), Video MPEG 1 and 2, MPEG 4 (aka OpenDivX), MS MPEG 4 (aka DivX) and motion jpeg. One of the main differences between Sinek and other popular multimedia players is that it doesn't use skins; instead, it has a standard GTK+ interface.
  • SMPlayer
    SMplayer is a new front-end for mplayer. It intends to be a much more complete front-end than the existing ones, for instance options to manage filters. SMplayer is multi-platform as it is being developed with the Qt toolkit. It works both in windows and linux, and it could be compile in other OS. Read more
  • Snappy
    Snappy is an open source media player that gathers the power and flexibility of gstreamer inside the comfort of a minimalistic clutter interface.
  • Sofa Media Center
    Sofa is a media center aimed at easy usage, minimal configuration, and total integration with the GNOME desktop environment and existing multimedia applications.
  • TCVP
    TCVP is a video and music player, transcoder and streaming server for Unix-like operating systems. It is primarily targeted at Linux, mainly because of lacking standards for audio and video output.
  • Tickle Tunes
    Tickle Tunes is a themeable front end to mplayer for playing songs, playlists, and videos.
  • ToxTox
    ToxTox is a media browser / WebTV platform. You can watch your favorite (Internet) movies and control them with a remote, or use ToxTox as a platform to develop TV applications and interactive services. It is based on Mozilla XulRunner and VLC. It uses open standards like Ogg Vorbis, OPML, RSS, SVG, HTML, etc.
  • UMPlayer
    UMPlayer is the multimedia player that fills all your needs. With dozens of advanced features and built-in codecs it can handle any media format, and can play Audio CDs, DVDs, (S)VCDs, TV / Radio cards, YouTube? and SHOUTcast streams and even incomplete or damaged media files.
  • VideoKiosk
    VideoKiosk is designed for providing public access to a collection of video recordings in a museum or similar situation, using MPlayer to play the videos.
  • Xfmedia
    Xfmedia is a simple, easy-to-use media player based on the xine engine. The GTK+ GUI focuses on playing and managing audio files, but, being based on xine, supports video as well.
  • XMovie
    XMovie is a movie player for Quicktime movies with stereo sound. XMovie plays MJPA, PNG, JPEG, YUV 4:2:2, YUV 4:2:0, packed RGB movies with PCM, ulaw, and IMA4 sound.
  • Xtheater
    Xtheater is a gtk-based, GPLed multimedia player currently capable of playing MPEG-1 video and systems stream (video and video/audio).

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