Install Mplayer in Ubuntu

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MPlayer is a movie and animation player that supports a wide range of codecs and file formats, including MPEG 1/2/4,DivX 3/4/5, Windows Media 7/8/9, RealAudio/Video up to 9, Quicktime 5/6, and Vivo 1/2. It has many MX/SSE(2)/3Dnow(Ex) optimized native audio and video codecs, but allows using XAnim's and RealPlayer's binary codec plugins, and Win32 codec DLLs. It has basic VCD/DVD playback functionality, including DVD subtitles, but supports many text-based subtitle formats too. For video output, nearly every existing interface is supported. It's also able to convert any supported files to raw/divx/mpeg4 AVI (pcm/mp3 audio), and even video grabbing from V4L devices.

Install Mplayer in Ubuntu Dapper
You need to add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list file

gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

enter these two lines and save your file

deb dapper universe multiverse
deb-src dapper universe multiverse

Install Mplayer in Ubuntu Edgy eft

You need to add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list file

gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

enter these two lines and save your file

deb edgy universe multiverse
deb-src edgy universe multiverse

Now you need to run the following command to update the source list

sudo apt-get update

Install mplayer using the following command

sudo apt-get install mplayer

if you want to open mplayer just type



You can Open from Applications--->Sound&Video---> Mplayer Movie Player

If you want to install Mplayer with plug-in for Mozilla Firefox run the following commandsudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer

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4 Responses

  1. jj says:

    You may also want to add that “The default installation will not include all codecs and formats by default. With the default installtion you get… Additional steps are required for …formats and codecs.”

    Thank you for the great article

  2. zero_one says:

    how about on installing MPlayeer in feisty fawn?

  3. JAM says:

    Best media player out there. You can get so many plugins for it too.


  4. ihsan says:

    hello i am already edit source list and when i tried update, i found :

    himura@himura-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install mplayer
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package mplayer

    could you please explain and assist me?

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