Top 5 Media Players For Ubuntu 16.04 & 14.04

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Today we will highlight the best Media Player software for Ubuntu and Linux. You will get to compare main features and screenshots of each Media Player listed below. I know the favorite these days is probably still VLC Media Player right? Or I am just getting too old? Let’s begin.

What Is A Media Player

A media player is a computer program for playing multimedia files. Media players display standard media control icons known from physical devices such as tape recorders and CD players, such as Play, Pause, and Stop buttons.

1. Download Miro Media Player For Ubuntu

Install Miro on Ubuntu

Install Miro Video Player For Linux

Miro (formerly named Democracy Player or DTV) is an audio, video player and Internet television application developed by the Participatory Culture Foundation. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, FreeBSD and Linux and supports most known video file formats. It offers both audio and video, some in HD quality.

  • Miro will remember where you stopped watching a video and will start at that point when you play it again.
  • Forget about the format wars. Miro can play MPEG, Quicktime, AVI, H.\264, Divx, Windows Media, Flash Video, and almost every other major video format.
  • When you install Miro, you can search you computer to find all your video files and list them in your Miro Library.
  • Miro can download individual BitTorrent files and torrents that are in feeds. When a video torrent is downloaded it will be in your channel and library ready to watch, just like any other video download.
  • Miro now lets you watch any video in a separate window, so you can browse and download while you watch. You can play videos in a separate window individually or set a preference to always play videos in a separate window.

Miro Screenshot

#2. Download VLC Media Player For Ubuntu

VLC Media Player On Ubuntu

Install VLC Media Player On Linux

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

VLC Media Player Main Features:

  • Simple, fast and powerful media player.
  • Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams.
  • Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed:
    MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3…
  • Runs on all platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix…
  • Completely Free, no spyware, no ads and no user tracking.
  • Can do media conversion and streaming.

I am sure most people still believe VLC is the best media player for Ubuntu/Linux but to me it’s #2. It is great and most of you would love it but to me, sometimes it can be slow or simply not work right.

VLC Screenshot

#3. Download UMPlayer For Ubuntu

Install UMPlayer on Ubuntu

Install UMplayer For Linux

UMPlayer is the media player that fills all your needs. With dozens of advanced features and built-in codecs it can handle any media format, and can play Audio CDs, DVDs, (S)VCDs, TV / Radio cards, YouTube™ and SHOUTcast™ streams and even incomplete or damaged media files.

With over 270 built-in Audio and Video codecs UMPlayer can handle nearly all media formats, including AAC, AC3, ASF, AVI, DIVX, FLV, H.263, Matroska, MOV, MP3, MP4, MPEG, OGG, QT, RealMedia, VOB, Vorbis, WAV, WMA, WMV, XVID and many more.

UMPlayer Screenshot

#4. Download SMPlayer For Ubuntu

SMPlayer is a free media player for Windows and Linux with built-in codecs that can play virtually all video and audio formats. It doesn’t need any external codecs. Just install SMPlayer and you’ll be able to play all formats without the hassle to find and install codec packs.

One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave… don’t worry, when you open that movie again it will be resumed at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume…

SMPlayer is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the award-winning MPlayer, which is capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats. But apart from providing access for the most common and useful options of MPlayer, SMPlayer adds other interesting features like the possibility to play Youtube videos or download subtitles.

SMPlayer Screenshot

#5. Download MPV Player For Ubuntu


Download MPV Player For Ubuntu

MPV is a fork of mplayer2 and MPlayer. It shares some features with the former projects while introducing many more.

MPV Player Main Features:

  • MPlayer’s options parser was improved to behave more like other CLI programs, and many option names and semantics were reworked to make them more intuitive and memorable.
  • mpv has a OpenGL based video output that is capable of many features loved by videophiles, such as video scaling with popular high quality algorithms, color management, frame timing, interpolation, and more.
  • A straightforward C API was designed from the ground up to make mpv usable as a library and facilitate easy integration into other applications.
  • While mpv has no official GUI, it has a small controller that is triggered by mouse movement.
  • mpv leverages the FFmpeg hwaccel APIs to support VDPAU, VAAPI, DXVA2, VDA and VideoToolbox video decode acceleration.
  • mpv is under active development, focusing on code refactoring and cleanups as well as adding features.

MPV Player Screenshot

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  • jymm

    Are you sure Clementine can play videos? It is a music player. My install will not even find a video file.

    • Mike Holbrook

      Hello Jymm, you are right and I updated the list by replacing Clementine with a real media player known as MPV. Check it out also and let me know what you think when you can.

      Thanks for the correction!

      • jymm

        It has taken awhile as I waited for 16.04 LTS Mate to be released to install MPV. It renders the graphics very nicely. It has a very simple interface. Maybe to simple. The drag and drop could be considered nice or a pain depending on the person. I have used SMplayer and UMplayer for a few years now, and am not sure why we need another Mplayer based player. I have switched to Totem as my main Media player. Still it is a nice, easy to use player. If simplicity is what you want you will like MPV.

  • Benjamin Sanchez

    VLC is still the best by far.

  • William Washington

    Another vote or Miro, I was sort of surprised to find a media player ahead of VLC but so far, Miro is the best media player for linux to me…I have it now both on my Linux Lint and Ubuntu 15.10 =)

  • Apolzan Marius

    to me none of them is useful,i have many movies that r to much in the dark that i hardly figure out what is going on and if none of them can give me the possibility to put some light in there,none of them is useful then,i don’t want to be simple,i want to can do all i can,fix the sound,or the image,not just play it as it is,tell me a player that can do that then i can say that that player is the best