Parole – modern simple media player based on the GStreamer framework

Parole is a modern simple media player based on the GStreamer framework. GStreamer is a pipeline-based multimedia framework that links together a wide variety of media processing systems to complete complex workflows.

The media player is designed to work well with the Xfce desktop.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Playback of local media files, DVD/CD and live streams.
    • DVD chapter selection.
  • Playlist support.
    • Options to always replace playlist with opened files, check and remove duplicate media entries, start playing opened files, and remember playlist.
  • Sports an in-window popover for playlists.
  • Extensible via plugins. Parole currently features the following plugins:
    • Notify, which shows notifications (using libnotify) for track changes.
    • System Tray Icon, which allows minimizing Parole to the system tray where playback can also be controlled. When the plugin is enabled, Parole will place an icon in the system tray. Clicking this icon with the primary mouse button will show or hide the Parole window. Clicking this icon with the secondary mouse button will display a popup menu with common controls.
    • MPRIS2, which allows remote control; e.g. by Gnome3’s “media player indicator”-extension or Ubuntu’s soundmenu. The functionality of this plugin depends on the implementation of MPRIS you use.
  • “Automatic” video output option. This uses the autoimagesink to provide the best available video sink for the environment.
  • Fullscreen mode.
  • Subtitles support.
  • Repeat / shuffle playback.
  • Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Internationalization support

Support: GitLab Code Repository
Developer: Sean Davis (previous developers are Ali Abdallah and Simon Steinbeiss)
License: GNU General Public License v2.0


Parole is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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