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 many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Windows Media Player are MPV (Free, Open Source), Clementine (Free, Open Source), Strawberry (Free, Open Source) and SMPlayer (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 3, 2021

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      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. Features Simple, fast and powerful media player.
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      VLC Media Player vs Windows Media Player opinions
      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!
      Top positive comment  11 months ago

      VLC media player is an excellent alternative to Windows Media Player. Although, its UI isn't appealing, neither is Windows Media Player's.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      VLC, while an awesome media player, lacks WMP's library features. Thus, it is not an all-in-one system like WMP is.
      Top negative comment  over 6 years ago

      The library features of WMP is far more intuitive.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      RasheedAZ Can actually play most media files and actually fulfil its purpose unlike wmp
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      VLC can play just about every video and audio file in existence.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      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.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    1. 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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      MPV vs Windows Media Player opinions
      Most users think MPV is a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
      MPV is an open source and professional project
      Positive comment over 4 years ago


    2. Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of Amarok 1.


      The latest version is from 2016.

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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
      Positive comment 3 months ago

    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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      Audacious vs Windows Media Player opinions
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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.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

    6. 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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    7. 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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      Some users think DeaDBeeF is a great alternative to Windows Media Player, some don't.
    8. 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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    9. 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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