Introduction to MPlayer

MPlayer is a powerful audio/video player controlled via the command line or a graphical interface that is able to play almost every popular audio and video file format. With supported video hardware and additional drivers, MPlayer can play video files without an X Window System installed.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.6 systemd platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads




Skins are only required to use the GTK+ 2 user interface.

MPlayer Dependencies




Optional Input Drivers and Libraries

CDParanoia-III-10.2, libdvdread-5.0.0, libdvdnav-5.0.1, libdvdcss-1.3.0, Samba-4.1.11, libbluray, libcdio, LIVE555 Streaming Media, RTMPDump, TiVo vstream client, and XMMS

Optional Audio Output Drivers and Libraries

ALSA-1.0.28, PulseAudio-5.0, SDL-1.2.15, JACK, NAS, and OpenAL

Optional Video Output Drivers and Libraries

AAlib-1.4rc5, giflib-5.1.0, libjpeg-turbo-1.3.1, libmng-2.0.2, libpng-1.6.13, OpenJPEG-1.5.2, DirectFB, libcaca, and SVGAlib

Optional CODECs

FAAC-1.28, FAAD2-2.7, LAME-3.99.5, liba52-0.7.4, libdv-1.0.0, libmad-0.15.1b, libtheora-1.1.1, libvpx-1.3.0, LZO-2.08, mpg123-1.20.1, Speex-1.2rc1, XviD-1.3.3, x264-20140818-2245, CrystalHD, Dirac, GSM, libdca, libnut, libmpcdec, OpenCore Adaptive Multi Rate, Schroedinger, and TwoLAME

Optional Miscellaneous Dependencies

Fontconfig-2.11.1, FreeType-2.5.3, FriBidi-0.19.6, UnRar-5.1.7, and libxslt-1.1.28, docbook-xml-4.5 and docbook-xsl-1.78.1 (all three required to build the HTML documentation), and Enca, LADSPA, libbs2b, and LIRC (and LIRC Client Daemon)

User Notes:

Installation of MPlayer

Main MPlayer Installation



The package maintainers recommend building without any optimizations.

You may wish to examine the output from ./configure --help to find out what additional parameters to configure are needed to include the dependencies you have installed on your system.

Install MPlayer by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../MPlayer-1.1.1-giflib_fixes-1.patch &&
patch -Np1 -i ../MPlayer-1.1.1-live_fixes-1.patch   &&
sed -i 's:libsmbclient.h:samba-4.0/&:'      configure stream/stream_smb.c &&
sed -i 's/EGifCloseFile(new_gif/&, NULL/'   libvo/vo_gif89a.c             &&
sed -i 's/DGifCloseFile(priv->gif/&, NULL/' libmpdemux/demux_gif.c        &&

./configure --prefix=/usr            \
            --confdir=/etc/mplayer   \
            --enable-dynamic-plugins \
            --enable-menu            \
            --enable-gui             &&

If you wish to rebuild the chunked HTML documentation and build a non-chunked HTML version of the docs, issue the following command:

make doc

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

To install the HTML documentation, issue the following commands as the root user:

install -v -dm755 /usr/share/doc/mplayer-1.1.1 &&
install -v -m644  DOCS/HTML/en/* \

You will only need codecs.conf if you want to change its properties, as the main binary contains an internal copy of it. Ensure any changes you make to codecs.conf achieve the desired results, as incorrect entries in this file have been known to cause errors and render the player unusable. If necessary, create the file as the root user:

install -v -m644 etc/codecs.conf /etc/mplayer

You may alternatively want to copy all the default configuration files to /etc/mplayer for future reference or more customization ability. As the root user:

install -v -m644 etc/*.conf /etc/mplayer


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+-2.24.24 or GTK+-3.12.2 installed (for the icon cache) and desktop-file-utils-0.22 (for the desktop cache) and issue the following commands as the root user:

gtk-update-icon-cache &&

Skin Installation (Optional)

To enable the GTK+ 2 frontend of MPlayer, you'll need to install at least one skin. Extract the desired skin and create the default location (as the root user):

tar -xvf ../Clearlooks-1.6.tar.bz2 \
       -C /usr/share/mplayer/skins &&
ln -sfv Clearlooks /usr/share/mplayer/skins/default

Command Explanations

sed -i 's:libsmbclient.h:samba-4.0 ...: Include support for Samba 4.

sed -i 's/EGifCloseFile(new_gif ... and sed -i 's/DGifCloseFile(priv->gif ...: Fix building with new versions of giflib.

--enable-gui: This option builds the GUI interface into mplayer.

--enable-menu: This option is set to enable the on-screen display.

--disable-ffmpeg_a: You can use this option if you have installed FFmpeg-2.3.3. MPlayer includes a copy of the FFmpeg source and without this option it will statically compile the included version of FFmpeg into itself. Dynamically linking to a system installed FFmpeg makes MPlayer and Mencoder about 9MB smaller. If MPlayer exhibits unstable behavior linked to a system installed FFmpeg, try recompiling MPlayer without this option (it is always more thoroughly tested with the included FFmpeg).

Configuring MPlayer

Config Files

/etc/mplayer/* and ~/.mplayer/*

Configuration Information

Typically, there's no configuration required for the system-wide files in /etc/mplayer (in fact, this directory is empty unless you copied the default files as mentioned above). Configuration can be accomplished by choosing the configuration button located on the MPlayer GUI. Any configuration changes made in the GUI will be saved in the user's ~/.mplayer directory.


Installed Programs: gmplayer, mplayer and mencoder
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /etc/mplayer, /usr/lib/mplayer, /usr/share/mplayer and /usr/share/doc/mplayer

Short Descriptions


is a symlink to mplayer which brings up the GTK+ 2 frontend of MPlayer.


is the main MPlayer video player.


is a powerful command line video decoding, encoding and filtering tool that is useful for (amongst other things) ripping DVDs to files on your hard disk (see /usr/share/doc/mplayer-1.1.1/mencoder.html)

Last updated on 2014-08-25 07:30:58 -0700