Watching TV and films on computers running Linux is commonplace. Most Linux distributions ship at least one media player. But there’s lots of high quality alternatives out there.
Wondering which media player we recommend? Here’s our verdict on mpv front-ends. To avoid bamboozling readers, we’ve kept the number of featured media players to a sizeable number.
mpv is a free (as in freedom) media player for the command line. It supports a wide variety of media file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types.
Here’s our recommendations. All of the front-ends are published under an open source license.
Let’s explore the 7 mpv front-ends at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources.
|Haruna||Admirable media player and a capable front-end for mpv|
|Kawaii-Player||Player, media library manager and portable media server|
|Kylin Video||mpv and MPlayer front-ends using Qt|
|Celluloid||Simple GTK+ frontend for mpv|
|Baka MPlayer||Simple design reflects the idea for an uncluttered and enjoyable environment|
|MoonPlayer||Built using Qt and uses libmpv ffmpeg, and youtube-dl|
|Deepin Movie||Billed as a full featured video player|
If you don’t want a front-end to mpv, we cover our favorite media players in this article.
Linux has tons of quality open source audio players which we cover separately in these articles: Graphical Music Players and Terminal-Based Music Players.
We don’t include media centers in this article as they are covered in this roundup: Best Free and Open Source Media Centers.
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smplayer is the best, IMO.
SMPlayer is a front-end for MPlayer not mpv.
SMPlayer supports MPV
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SMPlayer is already featured in our media players roundup scoring a credible 7.5 out of 10. But equally it’s true that SMPlayer does support mpv. And it has for some years. We will look at updating the article accordingly. Thanks Vedun.
I had problems using mpv as the engine with SMPlayer. Might be something to do with my GNOME desktop and distro, but there are others who have similar issues.
It seems you’ve only written a review for Haruna. Why???
Because we have finite resources.