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 12.1 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads




Skins are only required in order to use the Gtk+ 2 user interface.

MPlayer Dependencies




Optional Input Drivers and Libraries

CDParanoia-III-10.2, libcdio-2.1.0 (to identify and play CDs), libdvdread-6.1.3, libdvdnav-6.1.1, libdvdcss-1.4.3, Samba-4.19.5, libbluray, LIVE555 Streaming Media, RTMPDump, TiVo vstream client, and XMMS

Optional Audio Output Drivers and Libraries

ALSA, PulseAudio-17.0, sdl12-compat-1.2.68, JACK, NAS, and OpenAL

Optional Video Output Drivers and Libraries

AAlib-1.4rc5, giflib-5.2.1, libjpeg-turbo-3.0.1, libmng-2.0.3, libpng-1.6.42, OpenJPEG1, DirectFB, libcaca, and SVGAlib

Optional CODECs

FAAC-1_30, FAAD2-2.11.1, LAME-3.100, liba52-0.7.4, libdv-1.0.0, libmad-0.15.1b, libmpeg2-0.5.1, libvpx-1.14.0, LZO-2.10, mpg123-1.32.4, Speex-1.2.1, XviD-1.3.7, x264-20240216, CrystalHD, Dirac, GSM, iLBC, libdca, libnut, libmpcdec, libtheora, OpenCore Adaptive Multi Rate, Schroedinger, Tremor, and TwoLAME

Optional Miscellaneous Dependencies

Fontconfig-2.15.0, FreeType-2.13.2, FriBidi-1.0.13, GnuTLS-3.8.3, Opus-1.4, and UnRar-6.2.12; libxslt-1.1.39, docbook-xml-4.5 and docbook-xsl-nons-1.79.2 (all three required to build the HTML documentation); and Enca, libbs2b, and LIRC (and LIRC Client Daemon)

Installation of MPlayer

Main MPlayer Installation

There are two patches related to FFmpeg-6.1.1 that need to be applied. Do that now:

patch -Np1 -i ../MPlayer-1.5-upstream_ffmpg6_fixes-1.patch &&
patch -Np1 -d ffmpeg < ../ffmpeg-6.0-binutils_2.41-1.patch


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:

./configure --prefix=/usr                 \
            --confdir=/etc/mplayer        \
            --enable-dynamic-plugins      \
            --disable-libmpeg2-internal   \
            --enable-menu                 \
            --enable-runtime-cpudetection \
            --enable-gui                  &&

If you wish to build the HTML documentation, issue the following command:

make doc

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install  &&
ln -svf ../icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/mplayer.png \

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

install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/mplayer-1.5 &&
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

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-2.0.tar.bz2 \
    -C    /usr/share/mplayer/skins &&
ln  -sfvn Clearlooks /usr/share/mplayer/skins/default


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+-3.24.41 installed (for the icon cache) and desktop-file-utils-0.27 (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

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

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

--enable-runtime-cpudetection: This option makes MPlayer run with a generic CPU type, preventing optimizations that may cause runtime problems.

--disable-ffmpeg_a: You can use this option if you have installed a version of ffmpeg prior to ffmpeg-6.0. This version of MPlayer is incompatible with the latest version of ffmpeg. MPlayer does include 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.

--disable-libmpeg2-internal: This option makes MPlayer run with a system version of libmpeg2.

--language-doc="<lang>": This switch sets the language used for the documentation. Use ./configure --help for more information.

--language-man="<lang>": This switch sets the language used for the man pages. Use ./configure --help for more information.

--language-msg="<lang>": This switch sets the language used for messages and the GUI. Use ./configure --help for more information

--language="<lang>": This switch sets the default language used. Use ./configure --help for more information.



Specific options override --language. You can pass a list of languages separated by whitespace or commas instead of a single language. Nonexisting translations will be dropped from each list. All documentation and man page translations available in the list will be installed, for the messages the first available translation will be used. The value "all" will activate all translations. The LINGUAS environment variable is honored. In all cases the fallback is English. Values listed by ./configure --help are not all available, as would normally be expected. You need to build test.

Configuring MPlayer

Config Files

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



To play a DVD, it may be useful to ensure a /dev/dvd device is created. You may need to set this up as described in the section called “Devices for DVD Drives”.

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/share/doc/mplayer-1.5 and /usr/share/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-1.5/mencoder.html)