MPV is an audio and movie player based on Small MPlayer iconMPlayer and Small mplayer2 iconmplayer2. It supports a wide variety of video file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types. It shares some features with the former projects while introducing many more.

* Streamlined CLI options
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.
* On Screen Controller
While mpv has no official GUI, it has a small controller that is triggered by mouse movement.
* High quality video output
mpv has an 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.
* GPU video decoding
mpv leverages the FFmpeg hwaccel APIs to support VDPAU, VAAPI, DXVA2, VDA and VideoToolbox video decoding acceleration.
* Embeddable
A straightforward C API was designed from the ground up to make mpv usable as a library and facilitate easy integration into other applications.



Supported Platforms 1 note on MPV's platform support

Mac Windows Linux Android BSD Xfce

Platform comments

  • Linux “Distributions usually package outdated, unmaintained, and unsupported versions of mpv. Go to the official web of mpv for the latest version.”

Apps for MPV

MPV is also a platform with 4 apps listed on AlternativeTo. Browse all 4 apps for MPV.

Links to official MPV sites

Official Website    GitHub


Integrated codecs Command line interface Download YouTube Playlist Drag n drop GNU/linux-libre Lightweight Lua scripting Minimalistic Minimalistic UI MPlayer support Mplayer2 support Open source software Add a feature


OS & Utilities Video & Movies


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Simple, Clean, Lightweight and plays video files other players cant probably due to corrupt headers, I Frames, etc... highly recommended

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No RMB menu, no settings, i can't set the volume, only mute it. Unusable. Typical minimal = nothing.

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