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Manual Reference Pages  -  GNOME-MPLAYER (1)


gnome-mplayer - a simple GUI for MPlayer


Interactive Control


gnome-mplayer [options] files...
gnome-mplayer [options] cdda://
gnome-mplayer [options] [dvd|dvdnav]://
gnome-mplayer [options] [http|mms|rtsp]://
gnome-mplayer [options] /dev/[sd*|dvd|cdrom]


This manual page documents briefly the gnome-mplayer command.

gnome-mplayer provides a simple and clean interface to MPlayer.
GNOME MPlayer has a rich API that is exposed via DBus.
Using DBus you can control a single or multiple instances of GNOME MPlayer from a single command.
GNOME MPlayer can be used to play media on websites when used in conjunction with Gecko Mediaplayer.



Many of the keyboard shortcuts in gnome-mplayer are the same as those found in mplayer. Here is a list of more of the commonly used shortcuts.


Keyboard Controls
Media Position
  Right Arrow - Fast Forward
Left Arrow - Fast Reverse
Page Up - Seek 10min forward
Page Down - Seek 10min backward
Up Arrow - Seek 1 min forward
Down Arrow - Seek 1 min backward
Space - Pause
p - Pause
Video Adjustment
  1 - Contrast down 5
2 - Contrast up 5
3 - Brightness down 5
4 - Brightness up 5
5 - Hue down 5
6 - Hue up 5
7 - Saturation down 5
8 - Saturation up 5
Playback Adjustment
  [ - Play 10% slower
] - Play 10% faster
{ - Half speed playback
} - Double speed playback
Volume Adjustement
  9 - Volume down 10
0 - Volume up 10
m - Mute
Audio and Subtitle Track Adjustment
  # - Switch Audio Track
j - Subtitle select
v - Subtitle visibility
+ - Increase Audio Delay
- - Decreate Audio Delay
z - Decrease Subtitle Delay
x - Increate Subtitle Delay
Other Options
  Ctrl-D - Show/Hide file details
Ctrl-P - Show/Hide playlist
Ctrl-F/F - Un/Fullscreen
q - Quit immediately


This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (‘-’). A summary of options is included below.

Help Options:
-?, --help Show summary of options
  Show all help options
  Show GTK+ Options
Application Options:
  Window to embed in
-w, --width=X
  Width of window to embed in
-h, --height=Y
  Height of window to embed in
  Unique DBUS controller id
  File Argument is a playlist
-v, --verbose
  Show more output on the console
  Show even more output on the console
  Start in fullscreen mode
  Use mplayer software volume control
  Mixer to use
  Set initial volume percentage
  Show the controls in window
  Show the subtitles if available, defaults to 1 (yes)
  Autostart the media. Default is 1, set to 0 to load but don’t play
  Disable popup menu on right click
  Disable fullscreen options in browser mode
--loop Play all files on the playlist forever
-q, --quit_on_complete
  Quit application when last file on playlist is played
  Play items on playlist in random order
--cache Set cache size
  Force cache usage on streaming sites
  Disable the deinterlace filter
  Don’t skip drawing frames to better keep sync
  Use the old subtitle rendering system
  Don’t use fonts embedded on matroska files
  Use Vertical Layout
  Start with playlist open
  Start with details visible
  Real Player Name
  Real Player Console ID
--rpcontrols=Control Name,...
  Real Player Console Controls
  Subtitle file for first media file
  TV device name
  TV driver name (v4l|v4l2)
  TV input name
  Width of TV input
  Height of TV input
  Frames per second from TV input
  Only allow one instance
  Put single instance mode into replace and play mode
  show interface with bigger icons, useful for touchscreens
  control bar will always slide away, useful for small screens
  Ignore single instance preference for this instance
  Keep window on top
  Don’t fetch new cover art images
  X display to use


gnome-mplayer was written by Kevin DeKorte <>.
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