Jun 062011

umplayerWhile searching for some new software for my multimedia files I’ve found UMplayer.
And after 1 days of use i must say that this could become one of my favorite software.

Why ?

It’s based on mplayer, so regarding audio and video you have the same feature of this software, BUT, there is also a native integration with Shoutcat to search for radio station and listen to them, and a search engine to search video on youtube.

After all the motto of this software is “UMPlayer plays everything!”


On the official website there are .deb packages for Debian and Ubuntu and RPM, so it’ easy to install the package, or if you prefer to have a PPA you can add the webupd8 PPA

Just be sure to have the latest release 0.9.5


Codec : UMplayer it’s a fork of SMplayer so as wrote you’ll find all the codec of mplayer in this product, from the codec page :

With over 270 built-in Audio and Video codecs UMPlayer can handle nearly all media formats, including AAC, AC3, ASF, AVI, DIVX, FLV, H.263, Matroska, MOV, MP3, MP4, MPEG, OGG, QT, RealMedia, VOB, Vorbis, WAV, WMA, WMV, XVID and many more. Listed below are the status of all the codecs currently supported by UMPlayer

Youtube : Another interesting feature is that it allows you to search, play and save YouTube videos straight from its interface; The download is fast, and has nothing to envy to YouTube Downloader or YouTube FLV Downloader.

Cross platform : UMPlayer is written under the Qt platform and is available for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS/X, and GNU/Linux opertaing systems.

Open Source : the whole project is released under an Open source license (GPL 2) and the source is available on sourceforge

umplayer-shoutcast Shoutcast Going in Tool -> Shoutcast, or using ctrl-C, you can get access to a big list of online radio provided by shout cast, so you can use UMplayer also as online radio player.

More Features : UMplayer has many more features like: audio and video equalizers, take screenshot of running video, find subtitles on OpenSubtitles, audio & subtitles delay adjustment and a skinnable interfaces that supports CSS, you can find the full list on the official page


Easy to use, with many codec, integration with Youtube and Shoutcast and some advanced features.
Perhaps my searching for a perfect Multimedial program has ended ?

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  3 Responses to “Umplayer an alternative multimedia client”

  1. “Open Source : the whole project is released under an Open source license (GPL 2)”

    Correction, GPL v2 is a Free Software license.

  2. I remember VLC can’t show shoutcast radios because AOL forced them to remove it.

  3. after smplayer, i’m using xt7-player for a while, it is stil based on mplayer and offers shoutcast support, plus other features like youtube,flash and podcasts

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