VLC Media Player Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to VLC Media Player for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is MPV, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to VLC Media Player and loads of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to VLC Media Player are SMPlayer (Free, Open Source), Kodi (Free, Open Source), MPlayer (Free, Open Source) and Quod Libet (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 27, 2021

    1. MPV is an MPlayer-based video player that is available on all major desktop operating systems. Linux users in particular cite MPV as one of the best alternatives to VLC. Its interface is extremely minimal, though with that comes extraordinary stability.
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      MPV vs VLC Media Player opinions
      Almost everyone thinks MPV is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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      vektorweg I had some rare cases were VLC and MPlayer couldn't play a video correctly. MPV did it for me on Linux and Windows. Also like the GUI (or the lack of it) a lot more.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

      JohnFastman There was a time when VLC was justifiably considered the best open-source cross-platform movie player. MPV has closed the gap substantially and is likely to work out-of-the-box in a minority of cases where VLC gets stuck. Excellent software. Open souce (trustworthy) and free, of course.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

      Shuunen finally seeking in a video is smooth <3
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      vanzkiiee Best player for entertainment language learning as it can display 2 subs at a time and can be synched with Anki, the best tool for learning. ?
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      collorfrisie it integrates with syncplay
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      xvhpqg Changing playback speed doesn't cause audio dropouts.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

      RemovedUser Clean and simple, easy to manage configuration.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    2. Like MPV, SMPlayer is based off of MPlayer, but unlike MPV, it's more focused on accessibility with its user interface. Out of the box, users cite SMPlayer as having the versatility and stability of MPV with the ease of use of players like VLC. It also supports add-ons such as a YouTube search.
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      Almost everyone thinks SMPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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      On Linux systems is much better than VLC, faster, with no bugs and read every kind of video file.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      faster, better quality, no distortions in the videos like vlc.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      armyn It has beautiful skins and is suitable for weak systems.
      Positive comment 2 months ago

      jrstrai SMPlayer is a better choice for playing videos and has an easier to use interface than alternatives, like MPV. I love MPV, but it's not intuitive at all, beyond playing. I have problems sharing playlists made within VLC with other players, regardless of the format used. SMPlayer playlists just work.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      It's great. Open everything and it fully (really fully) customizable. Also have YouTube search engine (need to be isntalled aside) with a lot of features like search video by date, size etc.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      it's better at playing incomplete files than VLC. VLC is better overall, but if VLC can't do it, SMPlayer can.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      MPV made easy. Plays everything out of the box with no codecs necessary.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    3. Though Kodi can function as an alternative to VLC, its strengths lie in its robust cataloging of media and robust sorting and organization options for TV shows, movies, and music. Its media server capabilities are front and center, its playback functionality is nothing to sneeze at, and it can be used for that exact purpose.
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      Kodi vs VLC Media Player opinions
      Some users think Kodi is a great alternative to VLC Media Player, some don't.
      Kody is more oriented to being a fullscreen video/music cataloguing application, but it has an internal video/audio/iptv playing system with very good decoding capabilities like VLC and can be windowed as well
      Top positive comment  about 6 years ago

      Can also play many formats, and can organize video libraries, playing over UPnP, FTP, and many other protocols
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a software media center.
      Top negative comment  about 6 years ago

      LesterCovax Kodi is a media server first and foremost. It's like comparing Google Docs to Microsoft Office.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

      Kodi is a fullscreen media library manager, a whole home theater frontend. Slower for the purpose, with more complex navigation.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • AmigaOS
      • Xfce
      • MorphOS
      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.
      MPlayer vs VLC Media Player opinions
      Most users think MPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
      It read and play most media without any constraints.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    4. Quod Libet is a Gapless GTK+-based audio player written in Python. Its designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do. It lets you make playlists based on regular expressions (dont worry, regular searches work too).
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      Most users think Quod Libet is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.

    5. DeaDBeeF is a lightweight graphical music player created for easy playback of music and management of playlists. It supports major audio codecs and tags, global hotkeys, gapless playback, streaming audio, command line control, and has an 18-band equalizer.
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      Most users think DeaDBeeF is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
      Only plays music, not video.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • mpv
      Celluloid (formerly GNOME MPV) is a simple GTK+ frontend for mpv. Celluloid interacts with mpv via the client API exported by libmpv, allowing access to mpv's powerful playback capabilities.
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    6. Exaile is a cross-platform music manager and player for GTK+ written in Python and is easily extensible via plugins.
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    7. Videos (previously Totem) is the official movie player of the GNOME desktop environment based on xine-lib or GStreamer. It features a playlist, a full-screen mode, seek and volume controls, as well as keyboard navigation.
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      Most users think Videos is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
    8. Qmmp is an audio-player, written with help of Qt library. The user interface is similar to Winamp or xmms. Extra features XMMS and Winamp 2.
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