8 Best Free and Open Source Frontends for mpv

Watching TV and films on computers running Linux is commonplace. Most Linux distributions ship at least one media player. But there are lots of high quality alternatives out there.

Wondering which media player we recommend? Here’s our verdict on mpv frontends. 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 verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart. All the frontends are published under an open source license.

Ratings chart

Click the links in the table below to learn more about each frontend.

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

This article has been revamped in line with our recent announcement.

If you don’t want a frontend 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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Eren Seymen
Eren Seymen
2 years ago

smplayer is the best, IMO.

2 years ago
Reply to  Eren Seymen

SMPlayer is a front-end for MPlayer not mpv.

2 years ago
Reply to  Njemo

SMPlayer supports MPV

2 years ago
Reply to  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.

Travis D
Travis D
2 years ago

It seems you’ve only written a review for Haruna. Why???