How To Install SMPlayer on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install SMPlayer on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure of SMPlayer on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, SMPlayer is an open-source and free multimedia player available for Linux and MS Windows, released under GNU General Public License. Unlike other players, it doesn’t require you to install codecs to play something because it carries its own all required codecs with itself. You don’t need to find and install third-party codecs. SMPlayer can also play YouTube videos and it’s also available as an optional plugin to search for YouTube videos.

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 SMPlayer on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04, 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.

SMPlayer Features

  • Complete preferences dialogue to change colors, key shortcuts, fonts of the subtitles, and many more.
  • Supports Multiple speed playback. You can play the video at 2X, 4X, and even in slow motion.
  • Delay adjustments for Audio and Video subtitles and allows you to sync audio and subtitles.
  • Provided search function to search and download subtitles from
  • Included a YouTube browser to download and play videos online.
  • Currently supports more than 30 languages, including Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, German, Chinese, and Japanese.
  • Options to change the style and icon set of the interface.

Install SMPlayer on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing SMPlayer on Ubuntu.

Open Terminal and run the following commands in Terminal to install SMPlayer on Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install smplayer smplayer-themes smplayer-skins

Once installed, start the SMPlayer from Ubuntu Dash or by running the following command in the Terminal:


Congratulations! You have successfully installed SMPlayer. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing SMPlayer on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official SMPlayer 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, 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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