Sep 10

SMPlayer 16.9 has been released

This version has the following main changes:

Send audio to device

In version 16.6 one featured option was the possibility to send the video to an external screen. Now, in version 16.9 there’s the new option to send the audio to the specified audio device. It can be useful to send the audio to a TV via a HDMI cable or a bluetooth device.


Improvements on the playlist

Now it’s possible to hide any column (right click to see the options). The search field is also hidden by default, a new search button shows/hides it. These changes are intended to prevent the playlist window to be too wide.

Returning to Qt 4 on Linux

Since version 16.6 SMPlayer is built with Qt 5 by default. However many linux users complained about some problems with Qt 5.These are some of them:

  • the numeric keypad keys won’t work as shortcuts
  • Qt 5 uses its own file open dialog instead of the native one
  • the systray icon is not displayed in the systray but in the top left corner of the screen

So I think for the moment it’s better to return to Qt 4 until Qt 5 had those issues fixed. For that reason now the Ubuntu packages are compiled with Qt 4 again.

Aug 03

Ahora puedes ver la emisión online de los canales TDT en SMPlayer

La versión 16.8 de SMPlayer trae varias mejoras en la lista de reproducción. Una de ellas es que ahora es posible descargar una lista desde una URL. Además hemos creado, a modo de ejemplo, una lista con muchos de los canales TDT españoles. En este artículo se explica cómo cargar esa lista.

Para ello hay que abrir la lista de reproducción (en el menú Ver). Después hay que hacer clic en el botón de “abrir URL”:


En la nueva ventana tecleamos esta URL:


Esperamos unos segundos y se descargará una lista con varios canales online:


Para ver cualquier canal sólo hay que hacer doble clic sobre él.

Unas notas:

  • No todos los canales emiten las 24h del día por lo que es posible que al tratar de ver alguno dé error.
  • Los enlaces de Mediaset (Telecinco, Cuatro, etc.) caducan a los pocos minutos. Si al tratar de ver uno de esos canales da error, vuelve a recargar la lista para que se actualicen los enlaces. Además cuando alguno de los canales de mediaset no emite online, el canal no aparecerá en la lista.
  • Los canales incluyen en el nombre una serie de etiquetas (ES, SPORT, etc) para hacer más fácil la búsqueda en la lista. Si no te gusta que aparezcan esas etiquetas, usa esta URL para cargar la lista:

Actualización: la URL de la lista es ahora en lugar de

Aug 03

Playlist improved in SMPlayer 16.8

In the new version 16.8 the playlist has finally been improved.

Now it’s possible to sort by any column.There’s also a new column, which displays the path of the file (or URL). The good thing is this allows you to sort the list by folder name.

It’s also possible to search in the playlist. When you type something in the search field the playlist will display only the items that match the search string. Notice that the search is performed in all columns.

And finally there’s a new option to load a playlist from internet. This will download the playlist from the URL you enter. As example you can enter this URL: This URL provides a playlist with some online TV streams.




The playlist includes some music channels and some online TV channels from Spain. Notice that the Spanish channels may be geolocated and thus they may only play within Spain.

Update: the URL of the playlist is now instead of

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:

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):
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.