Video Players

7 Best Free and Open Source Front-Ends for mpv

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.

Best Free and Open Source mpv front-ends

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.

mpv front-ends
HarunaAdmirable media player and a capable front-end for mpv
Kawaii-PlayerPlayer, media library manager and portable media server
Kylin Videompv and MPlayer front-ends using Qt
CelluloidSimple GTK+ frontend for mpv
Baka MPlayerSimple design reflects the idea for an uncluttered and enjoyable environment
MoonPlayerBuilt using Qt and uses libmpv ffmpeg, and youtube-dl
Deepin MovieBilled 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.


Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.

The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There's tons of in-depth reviews, alternatives to Google, fun things to try, hardware, free programming books and tutorials, and much more.
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      1. 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.

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