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The 10 Best Linux Video Players: Enjoy Movies and Videos

There are a lot of video players available for Linux. Those video players mainly do the same thing to play a video file. You need to find which video player will offer you the additional features of playing any video. Here I will be sharing the top 10 free and best Linux video players with the best features that every app offers. You might have a look at how to install the offline files on your system. So let’s began with the top list of best video players for Ubuntu and other Linux distros.

Best Linux Video Players

In this article, I will share some best Linux video players that will help you decide which is perfect for you.

1. VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is one of the best and most popular videos player worldwide. It was first released in 2001 under the VideoLAN project. It is an open source media player that supports almost all media file types on Linux. VLC Media Player support network shares browsing, downloading subtitles, video playlists, pop-up video, etc. You can play a media file from a DVD or USB flash drive using it.

Best Video Players - VLC
Best Video Players – VLC

Various API versions are supported in it. It will also offer you its own Add-ons for your Browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, etc. You can play high definition video including the format: MPEG version-1, 2, 4, HVC, HEVC on Linux. Moreover, all audio files can be played in VLC Media Player.

  • For Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distros:
sudo apt-get install vlc

Install on other Distros

2. Bomi (CMPlayer)

Bomi (CMPlayer)

Bomu player is popularly known as CM Player to offer you to play all types of Video files. This video player is really easy to use and provides some powerful features you will find in the menu. It works really well on Linux and provides GUI features at the same time. It generally saves your all playback record, which helps to browse your old playlist. It supports Audio files and Subtitle at all.


3. SMPlayer

SMPlayer is another fantastic media player on Linux that supports all the default formats as like as other media players. It has a built-in codec which helps you to play YouTube Video directly from this player.

SMPlayerIt will load the subtitle of a movie from the internet. When you play a video in SMplayer, it saves all your settings. It is a fully resume supported video player. It will play the videos at the same point which you previously stopped playing.

  • To install SMPlayer on Ubuntu, run the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smplayer smplayer-themes smplayer-skins

Install for other Linux Distros

4. Miro


Micro is a totally free and open source video player that plays any format of a media file. It supports all most all codec that will offer you to play video smoothly. There is a simple video converter available in Micro, which will allow you to convert almost any video with Miro into mp4/h264. Micro is easy to use and helpful for downloading and playing media files online.


5. MPV Player

MPV Player

MPV player supports almost all video files. That’s why it is one of the best Linux video players. It has some additional codec that will help you to play a high-quality video file. It has OpenGL based video output that supports video scaling with color management, high-quality algorithms, frame timing, and more. Moreover, the MPV player will offer Media encoding functionality, smooth transition, etc.

  • Use the following command to your Ubuntu system:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y mpv

Install for other Linux Distros

6. XBMC – Kodi Media Center

XBMC – Kodi Media Center

Kodi is a cross-platform video player written in C++ as a core with python scripts. This is a very popular Linux video player that will offer you to play both audio and video files simultaneously. It will provide you some powerful features such as audio and video streaming plugins, visualizations, screensavers, themes, and more. It supports all media formats, including MPEG-1, 2, 4, HVC, MIDI, MP2, MP3, etc.

  • Install Kodi on Ubuntu via official PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y kodi

Installation Guide: How to Install Kodi on Various Linux Distros

Install from Official Site

7. Banshee Media Player

Banshee Media Player

Banshee is a popular Linux video player released in 2005 under MIT License. It is also an open-source platform developed in GTK#. It supports almost all kinds of Media formats has some useful features such as Podcasting, Multimedia keys support, iPod manager, etc.

  • Install it on Ubuntu
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:banshee-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y banshee

8. Xine Multimedia Player

Xine Multimedia Player

Xine is a simple Linux video player which plays all media file such as AVI, MOV, WMV, and MP3. Installing Xine, you can play your video from CD, DVD, Local drive without any difficulties. It will offer high-performance communication, fast memory transfer, a unified configuration system, and more. Xine requires less CPU processing to play videos.


9. MPlayer


Mplayer is available for almost all operating systems such as Linux, Windows, MAC, and Amiga OS. This media player is mainly written in C and released under the GNU General Public License. It is a crossed platform music player that will offer you many features such as X video extension, Framebuffer, DirectX, VESA, SDL, etc. It will easily play a media file from your physical media drive. It supports many media formats such as DV, MPEG, H.263, Real Video, MJPEG, and more.


10. Gnome Videos

Gnome Videos

Gnome videos is a default video player for Gnome Shell. It is one of the best Linux video players, which is very simple to use. Gnome videos support many video types, including M3U, SMIL, Real Audio format, and Windows Media Player format. It will offer you other additional features like still capturing, subtitles, adjust contrast, brightness, and saturation during video playback.

You can install totem by:

sudo apt-get install totem libtotem0

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Final Thought

All video players in this article work really well on Linux. All are tested in various Linux Distributions. I believe you will get the best one which suits you the most. Don’t forget to share this Linux tutorial with your friends. Thanks


    • I recompile the latest mpv onto the backend and use bomi as my goto player. There isn’t another player out there with as great a gui.

  1. In my humble opinion, VLC is the best of the lot. Unfortunately, however, it freezes my MX Linux system at seemingly random times and all I can do is shut off the system. I’ve switched to using SM Player until I can find a way to resolve the issue with VLC.

  2. Thanks Mehedi, not only did you give a review you gave the install instructions too. I put Ubuntu on Win 8 laptop that wouldn’t boot for a friend of my wife. I forgot to install a media player before my wife took it back to her. I just told them how to install VLC over the phone. What is the world coming to when two middle aged women can get a program installed on a Linux system?

  3. VLC crashes freezes my whole system and that to even after deleting the smi file for a video. What to do anybody can help.
    using in Ubuntu 17.10, vlc not from the Ubuntu Software Store.

    • XFCE 4.14 seems to have problems with artefacts that produces those problems. I use XFCE and suffer the same problem. It might very well be a VLC problem, so do try others and check back with you experiences. Why XFCE bug? I use MX-linux and the problem goes away, it seems, logging into my Fluxbox account. Same MX, same VLC.

  4. These all apps contain viruses. This is not wise to install additional apps until you 100% sure that these are not fishing apps. Media player is builtin in almost in each Operating System. Thanks.

    • Viruses for Linux? And inside these popular media players from the trusted repositories? Sorry JOHN but you seem to be a Windows user, enjoy your Windows Media Player 😛

      • if you think you are immune to viruses because you are using linux, that’s not true.
        get informed, stop believing you are safe.

        • It’s not there can’t be viruses for Linux, but In my soon 12 year experience I have never had one, where-ever I’ve downloaded from, although there has sometimes been other problems. With Windows, there’s been viruses before the first 12 days. Every time. Just connect to the Internet and you’ll be full of them. You want to see what the world can be like? Warts and all, hike out at the linux side of things. We got cookies… Some of us will even through in some deLish coffee too. Freely, if not kostenlos.

    • first. they are not apps but software programs. these are not for cellphones but the desktop, laptop/notebook. in linus distro OS, we add and remove whatever the hell we want. it’s unlikely for them to have any type of malware. when a virus is created for any distro, it’s discovered soon because they are open source. and if a virus would end up in your computer they will not do any damage to you. it will affect only if you send a file to another person’s computer that uses windows. my OS a lubuntu have an antivirus, just in case. in over 11 years I forgot what a virus or any malware is. never ever got any. since a trojan in 2009 in my windows vista that literally damaged the memory card of the sony vaio :/ .. dude I suggest you to come to the light, get out of the darkness of windows…


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