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xine is a powerful multimedia program, specializing in video playback. In addition to functioning as a standalone product, it also serves as a library and engine for other software products.

It has excellent support for a large number of different file formats including physical media DVD, Video CD, and Audio CD.  Xine supports a large number of formats including .mpeg, .ts, .ogg, .ogm, .avi, .asf, .wmv, .wma, .mpv, .m2v, .mp2, .mp3, .cpk, .voc, .snd, and .au.  It also supports a wide variety of video and audio codecs.  Streaming formats include mpeg-2 and mpeg-1 system (audio + video multiplexed), mpeg elementary (audio/video only, e.g. mp3 files), AVI file with various video formats (some of them by using win32 dlls), Vorbis OGG, and quicktime.

There are a large number of frontends (i.e media players) that use the xine playback engine, including xine-ui, gzine (both of which are part of the xine project) as well as third party frontends including Totem and Kaffeine.

 xine 1.2.6

Free to download

4.7MB (xine-lib)


Guenter Bartsch
- Miguel Freitas, Michael Roitzsch, Mike Melanson, and Thibaut Mattern (Project leaders)


System Requirements
X11 server

Xine Hacker's Guide, xine developer list, Xine-plugin, SourceForge Project Page

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Features include:

  • Support for OSS, ALSA, Irix Audio, Sun Audio, ARts, and ESD Audio drivers
  • Streaming playback support covering the following Webcasting/Streaming protocols: NMS, PNM, RTSP, HTTP, and raw TCP socket streaming
  • Supports DXR3, DVB tv cards, Video 4 Linux, and WinTV-PVR 250/350 pci with TV full screen support
  • Skinnable GUI
  • Download and installation of new skins from the internet
  • Navigation controls (seeking, pause, fast, slow, next chapter, etc)
  • Linux InfraRed Control support (LIRC)
  • On Screen Display features
  • DVD and external subtitles
  • DVD/VCD menus
  • Audio and subtitle channel selection
  • Closed Caption support
  • Brightness, contrast, audio volume, hue, saturation adjusting (requires hardware/driver support)
  • Playlists
  • Mediamarks
  • Image snapshot
  • Audio resampling
  • Software deinterlacing algorithms
  • 2-3 pulldown detection (tvtime plugin)
  • Configuration dialog
  • Aspect ratio changing
  • Fullscreen display
  • DTS passthrough

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