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MPlayer was the best video player for a long time. Then a fork happened and many developers left for MPlayer2. That was in turn abandoned for mpv which is now the most updated and feature-rich branch. MPlayer is still updated and alive but updates are essentially just small fixes to make sure it still compiles against modern versions of ffmpeg.

MPlayer comes with a video conversion tool called mencoder. This has also not been more than barely maintained for decades.

The modern alternatives

  • mpv is a better and more updated stand-alone player than mplayer (and mplayer2)
  • SMPlayer is a better choice than GMPlayer if you want a video player with a graphical interface
  • ffmpeg is a far better tool for converting audio or video than mencoder.


Video players: SMPlayer | mpv | VLC | GNOME Videos

discontinued: Xine | GMPlayer | MPlayer

Stand-alone Audio players:

Filesystem-oriented: Audacious
Database-oriented: Elisa | Strawberry | Exaile | GNOME Music
Bankrupt and finished: Clementine | Amarok

Music Player Daemon audio player clients:

GUI: Cantata | GMPC | Xfmpc (Xfce)
ncurses: ncmpc - Command-line: mpc
Dead and berried: Sonata | KMP | Glurp