Decorate Your Mplayer with Mplayer Skins

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We have already disscussed how to install mplayer in ubuntu dapper and edgy.One more important about the mplayer is you can change the mplayer skin which one you like from the available list in mplayer website.Now we will see how to install new skins in Mplayer.

First you need to download the Mplayer skins from here

In this example i am downloading proton skin

sudo wget -c

Now we have to unpack this using the following command

sudo tar xvf proton-1.2.tar.bz2

Now we have a proton directory you need to copy this under /usr/local/share/mplayer/skins/

sudo mv proton /usr/local/share/mplayer/skins/


sudo mv proton ~/.mplayer/skins/

Chech which one is suitable for you

MPlayer will use the skin in the subdirectory named default of /usr/local/share/mplayer/skins/ or ~/.mplayer/skins/.

Now you need to open Mplayer from Applications--->Sound&video--->Mplayer Movie Player this will open the mplayer now
you need to Right click on the Mplayer screen to pop up the menu you should see the following screen in this click on "Skin Browser"

You should see the following screen with the new skin with the name proton which we have copied before select this and click on ok

Proton Mplayer Skin in Action

This is one example the same way you can download which one you like and install in to in your mplayer enjoy your mplayer.

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3 Responses

  1. beni says:

    Thanks, thats will help here. 🙂

  2. Ernesto says:

    Hi I followed your instructions but mplayer never loaded my skins (they dont show up on the skin menu). Any suggestions on what to do? thanks

  3. Sadarax says:

    The Mplayer developers, in their wisdom, realized that people cannot always install skins on the system tree. So instead they made it so that you can have a /skins/ directory in your home directory under .mplayer directory. Like so:


    You just dump your skin files in there and Mplayer sees them like normal. Simple huh?

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