How To Install SMPlayer on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install SMPlayer on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure of SMPlayer on Ubuntu 20.04 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 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 Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 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.

Install SMPlayer on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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 SMPlayer on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now we add the PPA repository on Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

Once done, run commands in the terminal to install the SMPlayer media player:

sudo apt install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes

Step 3. Accessing SMPlayer on the Ubuntu system.

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


Congratulations! You have successfully installed SMPlayer. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing SMPlayer on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to 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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