I’ve been devoting the last year writing about a wide range of open source music players. Most of them I’ve been able to recommend, although I’ve encountered a few turkeys along the way. There’s a few readers who’ve suggested I branch out and review open source software that offers both video and audio playing capabilities.
QMPlay2 is one such player. It can play most video formats and audio formats. It plays all codecs supported by FFmpeg, and supports YouTube videos too. With internet radio, Audio CD, and a lot more besides, there’s lots of functionality on offer.
The software is written in the C++ programming language with the Qt 5 framework and uses FFmpeg.
Here’s my take on QMPlay2. I’ll look at the software’s widgets in some detail, and compare its memory usage with other video players. Your feedback is very important, so feel free to add your comments below.
The developer provides official packages for the Ubuntu / Debian / Mint distros. There are also unofficial packages for other popular distributions which you’ll find in your package manager.
As this is an open source project, you’re at liberty to download the source code, and compile the software for yourself. Clone the project’s repository, and compile the source with the following commands:
$ git clone https://github.com/zaps166/QMPlay2.git
$ cd QMPlay2
$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr
$ make -j4
$ sudo make install
It’s much better to compile the source code yourself than trust a third party package from say the Arch User Repository.
Besides Linux, there’s support for macOS (Sierra 64-bit), and Windows 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.
Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Widgets: YouTube, Internet Radio
Page 4 – Widgets: Playlist, Lyrics, MediaBrowser
Page 5 – Widgets: Graphic Equalizer, Information, Visualization, Downloader
Page 6 – Other Features
Page 7 – Memory Comparison
Page 8 – Summary