mpv Media Player for Linux – A VLC Replacement


mpv is a free, open source media player available in linux systems and is a fork of Mplayer and mplayer2.

mpv media player Feature Summary

  • Streamlined CLI Options with better option names and symantics for easy memorise
  • Small on-screen controller visible only for mouse move gives user best viewing exprience
  • High quality video output capable of many features – better algorithms, color management, frame timing, interpolation etc
  • GPU Video decoding – mpv uses Ffmpeg hwaccel APIs to support VDPAU, VAAPI, DXVA2, VDA and VideoToolbox video decode acceleration.
  • Play Directly from Context menu

How to install – using Terminal

To install mpv media player in Ubuntu using terminal run below commands in sequence. Enter password when prompted.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:~mc3man/mpv-tests
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mpv

For installation instruction for other linux distributions, visit here.


  • Right click any media file and select open with -> mpv media player
  • mpv Context Menu

    mpv Context Menu

mpv Running in Ubuntu

mpv Running in Ubuntu


Troubleshooting and Support

If you face any issues while installing or using mpv media player, you may drop a note using comment section at the end of this article, Or you can post your query in any of the support channels mentioned below.

How to uninstall

To uninstall mpv media player in Ubuntu, run below commands in terminal.

sudo apt-get remove mpv

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