Install SMPlayer 15.11 on Ubuntu 15.10 & 15.04

SMPlayer is a powerful multimedia player preferred by many GNU/Linux users due to its versatile features and it has just been updated to the version 15.11 (including SMTube -- its YouTube client, runs independently), bringing minor changes & bug fixes.

Despite its features, I think it looks ugly, something that’s designed for kids, which is mainly due to the giant & outdated default icon set. That however, can be somewhat ‘fixed’ since SMPlayer ships with big collection of icons (not a huge fan of most these icons either) and my favorite icon set is ‘Numix-Remix’.

Anyhow, according to the release notes page, this version includes the following changes:


  • New options to seek to the previous or next subtitle (mpv only).
  • New option to select the image format for the screenshots (mpv only).
  • Fix a crash when changing the GUI.
  • New option that allows to center the window automatically.
  • A tooltip is now displayed in the time slider with the corresponding time of the mouse position.
  • (Find subtitles) New option to specify if the language code should be appended to the subtitle filename.
  • (Windows) The main window will be centered if it’s partially outside of the desktop after an auto resize.
  • When adding files to the playlist the first item is moved to its correct place in the list.
  • (Experimental) New action to start/stop capturing the playback stream.
  • The thumbnail generator is much faster (up to 2x faster than before).
  • Live Stream playback support added to SMTube.

You can install SMPlayer 15.11 on Ubuntu 15.10 & 15.04 by using the below three commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install smplayer

That should do it, enjoy! (you can read the official release notes from here).

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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