Introduction to Xine User Interface

The xine User Interface package contains a multimedia player. It plays back CDs, DVDs and VCDs. It also decodes multimedia files like AVI, MOV, WMV, MPEG and MP3 from local disk drives, and displays multimedia streamed over the Internet.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-10.1 platform.



Although this version of xine-ui works with most files, it is unable to open encrypted (content-scrambled) DVDs with the current version of libdvdcss.

Package Information

Xine User Interface Dependencies


xine-lib-1.2.11 and shared-mime-info-2.1


cURL-7.75.0, AAlib-1.4rc5, LIRC, and libcaca

User Notes:

Installation of Xine User Interface

Install xine User Interface by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make docsdir=/usr/share/doc/xine-ui-0.99.12 install


This package installs icon files into the /usr/share/icons/hicolor hierarchy and desktop files into the /usr/share/applications hierarchy. You can improve system performance and memory usage by updating /usr/share/icons/hicolor/index.theme and /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache. To perform the update you must have GTK+-2.24.33 or GTK+-3.24.25 installed (for the icon cache) and desktop-file-utils-0.26 (for the desktop cache) and issue the following commands as the root user:

gtk-update-icon-cache -qtf /usr/share/icons/hicolor &&
update-desktop-database -q

Command Explanations

docsdir=/usr/share/doc/xine-ui-0.99.12: This parameter causes the Xine UI documentation to be installed in the versioned directory /usr/share/doc/xine-ui-0.99.12, rather that the default /usr/share/doc/xine-ui.

Configuring Xine User Interface

Config Files


Configuration Information

The above file is created and maintainable through the xine setup dialog box. The documentation for the configuration settings is located at /usr/share/doc/xine-ui-0.99.12/README.config_en.

If you have a DVB TV card, you can watch TV with the command xine dvb:// and change channels with the scroll wheel on your mouse.


Installed Programs: aaxine, cacaxine, fbxine, xine, xine-bugreport, xine-check, and xine-remote
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/xine and /usr/share/doc/xine-ui-0.99.12

Short Descriptions


is an ASCII art video player which utilizes AAlib as the frontend for the xine Libraries


is a color ASCII art video player which utilizes CACA as the frontend for the xine Libraries


is a frame buffer interface to the xine Libraries


is a multimedia player designed to play MPEG streams (audio and video), MPEG elementary streams (MP3), MPEG transport streams, Ogg files, AVI files, ASF files, some Quicktime files, VCDs and DVDs


produces a terse system description and guides you through the process of reporting a bug


tests the xine video player installation for common problems. It tests the operating system settings, installation of plugins, CD/DVD drive settings and video support parameters


is a tool to connect to a xine remote control server

Last updated on 2021-02-23 18:13:38 -0800