Apr 01

SMPlayer 14.3 Released

Previous version was 0.8.6, this new release is 14.3… What happened? Now the version is just the year and month of the release.

Version 14.3

  • The control for fullscreen mode has been rewritten and improved. Now it is displayed over the video.
  • (Windows) New option in Preferences -> Subtitles to enable or disable the use of the Windows font directory. Disabling this option prevents the annoying font scanning.
  • Some presets have been added to the audio equalizer.
  • (Experimental) Possibility to play (non-protected) blu-ray discs.
  • Better support for multimedia keys. This can help control SMPlayer with a remote control.
  • New option in the playlist preferences for adding automatically other files in the folder to the playlist.
  • The option “Move the window when the video area is dragged” has been fixed.
  • (Windows) Now it’s possible to open Windows shortcuts (symlinks).
  • Better support for Youtube.
  • (Windows) Better screensaver disabling.
  • Many bugfixes.
  • Possibility to compile with Qt 5.

You can download this new version from the official site: 


Feb 20

How to use a MCE remote control with SMPlayer

I’ve just got a MCE compatible remote control. So I wanted to use it with SMPlayer.

MCE remote control

Under Windows it was pretty easy, SMPlayer recognized the buttons as key strokes, so it was just a matter of assigning the remote buttons (Play, Stop, Volume Up and so on) to the proper functions. Now the development version (from r6033) already has those buttons assigned by default for new installations (for old installations you need to load the file default.keys in the shortcut editor).

Under Linux this remote control is already supported by the kernel, it works out of the box, it’s not necessary to use lirc or inputlirc. But there was a problem, some keys like Play, Pause, Stop didn’t work. These keys were grabbed by the desktop (it seems by a component of Gnome) and so they weren’t available by other applications. Fortunately this can be solved easily, in the gnome-control-center: Keyboard -> Sound and Media, just disable all the multimedia shortcuts.

Disable the media shortcuts

Aug 16

SMPlayer 0.8.6 for Ubuntu

There are available packages for SMPlayer 0.8.6 (for saucy, raring, quantal and precise) in the SMPlayer PPA.

If you still don’t have it, you can add the repository with this command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

To update SMPlayer:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-skins

The packages for Windows will be available soon.