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SMPlayer, the popular mplayer/mplayer2 GUI, has reached version 14.3.0, receiving improved fullscreen controls, experimental support for non-protected blu-ray discs and other changes.


Changes in SMPlayer 14.3:
  • experimental support for playing non-protected blu-ray discs;
  • improved fullscreen controls;
  • new audio presets added to the audio equalizer;
  • better support for multimedia keys - this can help control SMPlayer with a remote control;
  • new option in the playlist preferences for automatically adding other files in the folder to the playlist;
  • the "Move the window when the video area is dragged" option has been fixed;
  • better YouTube support;
  • SMPlayer can now be compiled with Qt 5;
  • many bug fixes and more.

You can find the official SMPlayer changelog, HERE.

It's also worth mentioning that the SMPlayer version has changed to reflect the year and month of the release. So the new 14.3.0 version is the equivalent of version 0.8.7.

The SMPlayer version available in the Ubuntu repositories is quite old - Ubuntu 13.10 currently has SMPlayer 0.8.3 while Ubuntu 12.04 has SMplayer 0.7.0. Since version 0.8.3 for instance, SMPlayer has received many changes, including a re-written video qualizer, fixed OpenSubtitles support, automatic YouTube code update so you don't have to update SMPlayer every time YouTube makes some changes that break it, and more. That's why I recommend installing the latest version by using the instructions below.

Install SMPlayer in Ubuntu

To add the official SMPlayer PPA and install SMPlayer and SMTube (the SMPlayer YouTube player) in Ubuntu / Linux Mint and derivatives, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube

Download SMPlayer (Windows binaries, source files)