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How To Install MPV Media Player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Install MPV Media Player on Ubuntu 22.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MPV Media Player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, MPV is a free and open-source media player. MPV brings a command-line-based media player, it does not contain the GUI but a small menu bar that contains all the options to control the media file. It supports operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux distributions.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the MPV-free and open-source media player on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install MPV Media Player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing MPV Media Player on Ubuntu 22.04.

  • Install MPV from Official Repository

By default, MPV Media Player is available on Ubuntu 22.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the latest version of MPV to your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install mpv
  • Install MPV from Snap Store.

If Snap package manager is not already installed then you can install it by running the following command below:

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install core

To install MPV, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install mpv-nilsboy

Confirm the installation and check the installed build version of MPV Media Player:

mpv --version

Step 3. Accessing MPV Media Player on Ubuntu 22.04.

Once successfully installed on your Ubuntu system, we told you it’s a command-line media player, so there will no GUI open, the general syntax of using the MPV is:

mpv [options] [url|path/]filename

For example:

mpv --fs https://youtu.be/04shasgF85M

Install MPV Media Player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Congratulations! You have successfully installed MPV. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the MPV media player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official MPV website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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