How to install Smplayer on Ubuntu

Endrit Qerreti

Endrit Qerreti

Smplayer is and open source media player, that you can use to play multiple media formats without having to download any plugin.

Smplayer can be installed on Ubuntu by simply adding its repository on your system, and then using this repository to install Smplayer.

With Smplayer you can play basically any media format that is available, but not only. You can also play youtube videos on Smplayer, which means you can simply add your favorite youtube videos on your player and enjoy them without having to leave your player.

If you like to watch movies on your computer, Smplayer allows you to do that, and also allows you to add subtitles.

It's worth mentioning, that Smplayer uses Mplayer as the player engine. Mplayer is one of the best players that you can find on Linux.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Smplayer on Ubuntu.

Step 1 - Add Smplayer Repository

Smplayer package it's not available on Ubuntu repositories, so in order to be able to Install Smplayer on your Ubuntu machine, you need first to add its repository on your system.

To add Smplayer repository, simply run the command below

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer 

Step 2 - Update your system

Once you have added Smplayer repository on your Ubuntu machine. Now you can proceed to make this repository active, to do this, all you have to do is to update your system so that the new Smplayer repository can be used to install Smplayer.

sudo apt update

Step 3 - Install Smplayer

Now, you should be good to go, and install Smplayer

sudo apt-get install smplayer smplayer-themes smplayer-skins -y 

Step 4 - Run Smplayer

Once Smplayer has been installed on your Ubuntu machine, its icon will appear on the applications list. However, to check if Smplayer can be launched, you can launch it from your terminal.

To launch Smplayer, you can do so, by running the command below


Uninstall Smplayer

To uninstall Smplayer, from your Ubuntu machine, simply run the command below

sudo apt remove smplayer 

If you want to remove everything, such as config files too, then you can use the --purge option

sudo apt remove smplayer --purge


In this tutorial, you learned how to install Smplayer on Ubuntu. We used Ubuntu 22.04 for this tutorial, however, you should be able to install Smplayer on any Ubuntu and Ubuntu based linux distro.