Best Linux video player 2017 edition. Download these video players for Linux Ubuntu. These open source video players for Linux are able to play all kinds of video. Some of them also play YouTube videos.

I am not covering VLC in this post as it is the default app for music and video files on Linux Ubuntu Systems.

MPV Player

MPV is a video player based on MPlayer/mplayer2. It supports a wide variety of video file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types. Generally, mpv should work with the latest release as well as the git version of both FFmpeg and Libav. But FFmpeg is preferred, and some mpv features work with FFmpeg only (subtitle formats in particular).

Run the following commands in Terminal to install MPV Media Player on Ubuntu Linux:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mpv

Once installed, open the MPV media player from Ubuntu Dash. Note that you won’t find any menu options. Simply drop the media file into the player window to play.

SMPlayer

SMPlayer music player with built-in codecs for Linux Ubuntu. SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more. SMPlayer supports the most known formats and codecs: avi, mp4, mkv, mpeg, mov, divx, h.264… you can play all of them, thanks to its built-in codecs. You don’t need to find and install third party codecs. SMPlayer can play YouTube videos and it’s also available an optional plugin to search for YouTube videos.

Run the following commands in terminal to install the latest version of SMPlayer 17.10 on Ubuntu Systems, via PPA:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install smplayer smplayer-themes smplayer-skins

Once installed, start the SMPlayer from Ubuntu Dash.

Miro

Miro plays almost any video or music format and downloads from YouTube, podcasts, Amazon, and bittorrent. One can convert almost any video with Miro into mp4/h264, with presets for almost any device you can think of (including iPhones, iPods, iPads, Android phones, and more). Not only this, Miro has some of the fastest bittorrent downloading in the world, built in. Try us head-to-head with any bittorrent application. Users can easliy switch from iTunes to Miro — without any copying. Just point Miro to your music and video folders and those files will appear. If you don’t like Miro (impossible!), nothing’s changed. Miro is simply the best music and video player for Android phones and tablets.

Download Miro : http://www.getmiro.com/download/

Kodi

Kodi (previously named XBMC) is a famous open source media hub and home theater PC. It is an entertainment hub that brings all your digital media together into a beautiful and user friendly package. It is 100% free and open source, very customisable and runs on a wide variety of devices. It is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and a huge community.

Run the following commands in terminal to install Kodi on Ubuntu and Linux Mint Systems:

sudo apt update
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install kodi

Once installed, open Kodi from Ubuntu Systems.

MPlayer

MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation). It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies. Another great feature of MPlayer is the wide range of supported output drivers. MPlayer has an onscreen display (OSD) for status information, nice big antialiased shaded subtitles and visual feedback for keyboard controls.

Download MPlayer : https://mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html

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