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Windows Media Player Alternatives for Linux

Windows Media Player is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is VLC Media Player, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Windows Media Player and loads of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Windows Media Player are MPV, Strawberry, Clementine and SMPlayer.

Windows Media Player alternatives are mainly Audio Players but may also be Media Players or CD Rippers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Windows Media Player.
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  1. VLC Media Player icon

    VLC Media Player

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Apple TV
    • Homebrew
    • PortableApps.com
    • Chocolatey
    • Flathub
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • F-Droid
    • Kindle Fire
    • Google Chrome
    • BSD
    • Haiku
    274 alternatives to VLC Media Player 

    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.

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    1.  LightweightVLC Media Player consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeVLC Media Player doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of VLC Media Player.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVLC Media Player can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with VLC Media Player.
    6.  Support for 4KVLC Media Player supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    7.  PortableVLC Media Player can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    8.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in VLC Media Player without registration.
    9.  DecentralizedVLC Media Player is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    Most users think VLC Media Player is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
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    It's efficient and the music is clear to listen to!

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    Guest

    VLC media player is an excellent alternative to Windows Media Player. Although, its UI isn't appealing, neither is Windows Media Player's.

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    Guest

    VLC, while an awesome media player, lacks WMP's library features. Thus, it is not an all-in-one system like WMP is.

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    Guest

    The library features of WMP is far more intuitive.

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    RasheedAZ

    Can actually play most media files and actually fulfil its purpose unlike wmp

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    Guest

    VLC can play just about every video and audio file in existence.

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    Guest

    This media player has so many features I don't know where to start. Half of the features I didn't even know existed before I started using it. Everything you will ever need in a media player, and more are packed into this gem. I can't believe its free, its unreal.

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    MPV

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    • Android
    • BSD
    • Xfce
    86 alternatives to MPV 

    MPV is an audio and movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. It supports a wide variety of video file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types.

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    1.  LightweightMPV consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Command line interfaceMPV either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMPV can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Most users think MPV is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
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    MPV is an open source and professional project

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  3. Strawberry icon

    Strawberry

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    • Haiku
    219 alternatives to Strawberry 

    Strawberry is a music player and music collection organizer. It is a fork of Clementine released in 2018 aimed at music collectors and audiophiles. The name is inspired by the band Strawbs. It's written in C++ using the Qt framework.

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    1.  LightweightStrawberry consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Lossless AudioStrawberry has lossless audio support, basically studio quality sound.
    3.  Works OfflineStrawberry can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  Goal Setting Strawberry can set individual or group goals to meet over a particular period.
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    Unlike VLC, Strawberry is not a "file player" but a complete management software for your music collection. Very convenient UI, can rip CDs, gives you the choice of encoders/decoders, ...

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  4. Clementine icon

    Clementine

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    • BSD
    229 alternatives to Clementine 

    Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of Amarok 1.4 to the Qt 4 framework and the GStreamer multimedia framework, focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and...

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    1.  LightweightClementine consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Lossless AudioClementine has lossless audio support, basically studio quality sound.
    Discontinued

    No stable release since 2016. Newer release candidate seems to be available on Github.

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    Icecast radio stations
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    Clementine vs Windows Media Player opinions
    Most users think Clementine is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
    154pinkchairs

    one of the greatest FOSS players, but tbh I prefer quodLibet since it's more lightweight

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  5. SMPlayer icon

    SMPlayer

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    • mpv
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • MPlayer
    • Mac
    114 alternatives to SMPlayer 

    SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more. SMPlayer remembers the settings of all files you play.

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    1.  LightweightSMPlayer consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeSMPlayer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  PortableSMPlayer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with SMPlayer.
    Playing video - Default Skin
    Main Window - Dark Skin


  6. Audacious icon

    Audacious

    • Windows
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    • Haiku
    • Xfce
    116 alternatives to Audacious 

    Audacious is an advanced audio player. It is free, lightweight, based on GTK+, runs on Linux and many other *nix platforms and is focused on audio quality and supporting a wide range of audio codecs. There is also support for several visual styles from Winamp.

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    1.  LightweightAudacious consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAudacious can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  PortableAudacious can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Windows Media Player is not Light Weight and audacious is light weight and only an Audio player. Win Media Player is Multimedia Player/RIpper with library functions.

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    DeaDBeeF

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    • KDE
    • Cinnamon
    • GNOME
    • MATE
    • Xfce
    153 alternatives to DeaDBeeF 

    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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    1.  LightweightDeaDBeeF consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDeaDBeeF can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  PortableDeaDBeeF can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Some users think DeaDBeeF is a great alternative to Windows Media Player, some don't.
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    Rhythmbox

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    136 alternatives to Rhythmbox 

    Rhythmbox is an audio player for Linux that plays and organizes digital music. Inspired by Apple's iTunes, it is free software that is designed to work well under the .

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    Quod Libet

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    151 alternatives to Quod Libet 

    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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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsQuod Libet can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  PortableQuod Libet can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    The paned browser, providing a customizable hierarchy of filters for finding your music
    The album browser, giving a visual anchor for a large library
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    Amarok

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    • Linux
    • BSD
    156 alternatives to Amarok 

    Amarok is a powerful music player for Linux, Unix and Windows with an intuitive interface. It makes playing the music you love and discovering new music easier than ever before - and it looks good doing it!

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    No stable release since 2018. Alpha release in February 2021.

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