Jul 04

New PPA for Ubuntu with packages for Qt 4

Since version 16.6 the SMPlayer packages are built with Qt 5 by default.

However some users don’t like Qt 5 (for example the file open dialog is different) or there are bugs (for example in some versions of Qt 5 the numeric keypad keys don’t work as accelerators). For that reason now there’s available another PPA for Ubuntu with packages compiled with Qt 4.


To install packages from that PPA, first remove the normal PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:rvm/smplayer

Add the new one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer-qt4

Update and install:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smplayer smplayer-themes smplayer-skins
May 10

New interesting features in the upcoming version

The upcoming version will have new interesting features and you can test it now. Links at the bottom of the page.

Some of the features require Qt 5. The Windows version has been built with Qt 5.6.

Support for high DPI screens.

On these screens SMPlayer (and many other applications) looked very tiny. In the new version the interface is scaled so it looks good.
This feature requires at least Qt 5.4.

Support for 2 in 1 computers with touch screen.

SMPlayer includes now a “tablet mode” (available in the Options menu). When the option is turned on it makes some changes in the GUI so that it would be easy to control SMPlayer by touching the screen.

  • the font size and buttons are increased
  • some of the options in the menus are hidden
  • sliding vertically in the video changes the volume, sliding horizontally seeks in the video
  • tapping while in fullscreen displays the floating control

When the user changes the tablet mode in the Windows action center, SMPlayer will detect it and ask if it should switch to the SMPlayer’s tablet mode as well.

This feature has only been tested on Windows 10, however I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t work on Linux as well.

Support for dual screen

Now it’s possible to send the video to a second screen connected to the computer, while controlling the application in the computer’s screen.

Note: the desktop must be configured as “extended”.

There’s a new option in the Video menu: send video to screen. It shows a submenu with all detected screens.
One of the screens is labeled as “primary screen”, which is the computer’s screen. If you send the video to another screen the video will be displayed on that screen in fullscreen mode. The SMPlayer interface will remain in the computer’s screen (it won’t display the video) where you can control the video (seek, change volume, subtitles, playlist, open another video…) while the video is displayed on the second screen. If you send the video to the primary screen the video will be re-attached to the SMPlayer window.

This option has only been tested on Windows 10.

Global shortcuts

Now it’s possible to use the media keys (play/pause, stop, volume+/-, etc.) as global shortcuts. That means that those keys will work even when SMPlayer is in the background. You can activate this option in Preferences -> Keyboard and mouse.
This option requires Qt 5.

Settings are remembered for online streams too

This means that for example you can add bookmarks to YouTube videos or other online streams (as long as they are seekable).

Testers for these new features are very welcome. If you find any problem, please let me know.


Version for Windows:

Packages for Ubuntu (smplayer r7834):
(the package for Ubuntu precise is built with Qt 4)

Packages for Debian 8, Fedora and OpenSUSE (smplayer r7864):

Mar 05

Download videos with SMTube now it’s easier then ever

From version 16.3 download YouTube videos with smtube is easier than ever. Now you don’t need to install a download manager and configure smtube to use it. All you need to do is enable an option in the settings.

Now when you click in the “more info” button, you’ll find a “download” button:


When you click in this button smtube will open an external website which allows to download the video. It’s possible to configure which website to use in the smtube settings, there are several available and you can add your own.


You can use %YT_URL% which gets replaced with the YouTube URL and %YT_ID% which is replaced by the video ID. Example: http://savemedia.com/watch?v=%YT_ID%

Jan 14

SMPlayer 16.1 has been released

Version 16.1 is available for download. In this version YouTube has been fixed again.

There’s another fix, now the screenshots work again with older versions of MPlayer or mpv.

Version 16.1 also includes a new feature. Now it’s possible to set bookmarks on a video (for example in a musical movie you can mark the beginning of each song, to quickly seek to them later).

This feature is available in the menu Browser -> Bookmarks. You’ll find there an option to add a new bookmark, an option to edit the current bookmarks and the bookmarks you had set.

There are some key shortcuts:

  • Ctrl+A: adds a new bookmark
  • Ctrl+B: seeks to the previous bookmark
  • Ctrl+N: seeks to the next bookmark

Notice that currently bookmarks only work with “regular” files (so no discs or online streams) and the option to “remember the settings for all files” (Preferences -> General) must be enabled.

Download SMPlayer 16.1

Nov 29

SMPlayer 15.11 has been released

The new version 15.11 is available for download. The main reason for this release is to fix the YouTube code which got broken again.

Besides of that, there are also a few other interesting changes:

  • We added support for YouTube live streams (more info)
  • The thumbnail generator is much faster (up to 2x faster than before)

Other changes:

  • New options to seek to the previous or next subtitle (mpv only).
  • New option to select the image format for the screenshots (mpv only).
  • Fix a crash when changing the GUI.
  • New option that allows to center the window automatically.
  • A tooltip is now displayed in the time slider with the corresponding time of the mouse position.
  • (Find subtitles) New option to specify if the language code should be appended to the subtitle filename.
  • (Windows) The main window will be centered if it’s partially outside of the desktop after an auto resize.
  • When adding files to the playlist the first item is moved to its correct place in the list.
  • (Experimental) New action to start/stop capturing the playback stream.

Download SMPlayer 15.11


Oct 31

How to play YouTube live streams with SMPlayer

From version 15.11 it’s possible to play live streams from YouTube. Be sure the YouTube support is enabled in Preferences -> Network.

It’s also necessary to use SMPlayer with mpv, since MPlayer doesn’t seem to support very well live streams from YouTube. Visit this link to find out how to install SMPlayer with mpv.

If you want to test it, here’s a live stream (Sky News): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y60wDzZt8yg
To play a YouTube video in SMPlayer select Open -> URL and paste the URL.

YouTube live stream

It’s also possible to play YouTube live streams with older versions of SMPlayer but in this case it’s necessary to use mpv+youtube-dl and make a change in the configuration:

Go to Preferences -> Network and turn off the option “Enable YouTube internal support” and turn on “Enable mpv’s support for streaming sites”.

Network configuration

There’s a downside: with mpv+youtube-dl online streams take much more time to start to play.

Sep 16

How to convert 3D formats in SMPlayer

SMPlayer includes now an option to convert 3D formats: Video -> Stereo 3D filter.

In the Stereo 3D filter dialog you need to select the input and output formats.

3D Filter Window

Let’s see an example:

In this YouTube video the format is side by side with half resolution.


So we select that option as input format. As output format you can for example select anaglyph red/cyan color, which allows you to watch the video in 3D with red/cyan glasses.


There are many outputs available. The “mono output” allows to watch the video without 3D.

Another example:

In this video the format is above-below half resolution.


Result with the anaglyph red/cyan output:


Jul 21

Huge outage in SourceForge causes a big trouble to SMPlayer users

Last Thursday, July 16th, SourceForge suffered an outage due a storage fault. 5 days later the problem is not fixed yet. They restored some services but the project web is still offline. People trying to visit smplayer.sourceforge.net will get this screen:

Website not available

So they aren’t able to download SMPlayer from the official website. The downloads from fosshub.com (where the stable packages for Windows are stored) have dropped to almost 0.

So to try to prevent this to happen again in the future, I think the best would be to host the SMPlayer website outside of SourceForge. Actually it already has been uploaded to smplayer.es.

This blog, the forum, the SVN repository, the stable downloads are already outside of SourceForge.

May 15

Introducing the new SMTube

Due to changes in YouTube, the old SMTube doesn’t work anymore. A new version has been developed, written from scratch. You can download it from http://smtube.sourceforge.net

For the moment only basic functionality is included: search and browse categories. But new features will be added in the future.

In this new version you can choose which media player to use to play the YouTube videos. And you can add more in the settings dialogs. This is an explanation of the data you have to enter to edit or add a player:

Name: this is the name that will be displayed in the context menu: “Open with <name>
Executable: the binary name (a full path is allow) that should be run. For example: mplayer or /usr/bin/mplayer or mplayer.exe (Windows).
Parameters: the parameters that should be passed to the application. There are some special characters that SMTube will replace:

  • %u (the URL of the video)
  • %t (the title of the video)
  • %f (a string that can be used as output filename, usually it’s the title + mp4 extension)

%t and %f should only be used when the option “this player supports videos sites” is NOT checked. (See below)

Example: –title=%t –file=%f %u would expand to something like: –title=”Funny video” –file=”Funny video.mp4″ http://……..

This player supports videos sites: can be checked or unchecked. If it’s checked this means that the player is smart enough to find out the video URL from the YouTube page. When checked SMTube just passes (with %u) the URL of the YouTube page, it’s up to the player to find out the real address of the video. If the option is not checked then SMTube will find out the URL of the video and pass it to the player. For example, SMPlayer, mpv+youtube-dl and VLC can find out the URL of the video, so this option should be checked for them. On the other hand mplayer doesn’t support YouTube so you have to leave this option unchecked.

Notice that due to the terms of use of the YouTube API, this version doesn’t include any option to download videos. But you can read this article to find out how to add it:

How to download videos with the new SMTube