How do I install Mplayer multimedia player on Ubuntu Linux operating systems using command line options?

The MPlayer supports a wide variety of multimedia file formats. It can also save all streamed content to a file. It is available in both command line and GUI front end format. You need to install the following packages:
Tutorial details
Difficulty level Easy
Root privileges Yes
Requirements Ubuntu/apt-get
Est. reading time N/A
  1. mplayer – movie player for Unix-like systems.
  2. mplayer-gui – GUI frontend to mplayer.
  3. mplayer2 – next generation movie player for Unix-like systems.
WARNING! Only install mplayer or mplayer2. Do not install both at a time. I recommend that you install mplayer and mplayer-gui option for ease of use

Install mplayer cli and gui

Open a terminal and type the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install mplayer mplayer-gui

A note about installing mplayer version 2

To install mplayer2, enter:
$ sudo apt-get install mplayer2
Sample outputs:

[sudo] password for nixcraft: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  esound-common libaacs0 libaudiofile1 libbluray1 libesd0 libgif4 libvdpau1
Suggested packages:
  libbluray-bdj pulseaudio-esound-compat nvidia-vdpau-driver
  nvidia-vdpau-driver-ia32 vdpau-driver
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  esound-common libaacs0 libaudiofile1 libbluray1 libesd0 libgif4 libvdpau1
0 upgraded, 8 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
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Get:1 precise/universe libaacs0 amd64 0.3.0-4 [38.6 kB]
Get:2 precise/main libaudiofile1 amd64 0.3.3-2 [91.6 kB]
Get:3 precise/universe libbluray1 amd64 1:0.2.1+git20111208.63e308d-3 [83.8 kB]
Get:4 precise/main esound-common all 0.2.41-10build3 [9,972 B]
Get:5 precise/main libesd0 amd64 0.2.41-10build3 [20.1 kB]
Get:6 precise/main libgif4 amd64 4.1.6-9ubuntu1 [31.0 kB]
Get:7 precise-updates/main libvdpau1 amd64 0.4.1-3ubuntu1.1 [31.1 kB]
Get:8 precise-updates/universe mplayer2 amd64 2.0-426-gc32b3ed-2ubuntu0.1 [1,320 kB]
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Selecting previously unselected package libaacs0.
(Reading database ... 220569 files and directories currently installed.)
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Selecting previously unselected package esound-common.
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Selecting previously unselected package mplayer2.
Unpacking mplayer2 (from .../mplayer2_2.0-426-gc32b3ed-2ubuntu0.1_amd64.deb) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Setting up libaacs0 (0.3.0-4) ...
Setting up libaudiofile1 (0.3.3-2) ...
Setting up libbluray1 (1:0.2.1+git20111208.63e308d-3) ...
Setting up esound-common (0.2.41-10build3) ...
Setting up libesd0 (0.2.41-10build3) ...
Setting up libgif4 (4.1.6-9ubuntu1) ...
Setting up libvdpau1 (0.4.1-3ubuntu1.1) ...
Setting up mplayer2 (2.0-426-gc32b3ed-2ubuntu0.1) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin ...
ldconfig deferred processing now taking place

A note about installing mplayer using GUI option

Open a Ubuntu Software Center (press Super and select Ubuntu Software Center), and type the following term in the search bar:

Fig.01: Installing mplayer cli and gui using Ubuntu Software Center

Click on the “Movie player for the Unix-like systems” > Click the “Install” button. You need to authenticate yourself to install the software when promoted:

Fig.02: Type your password to install mplayer

You need to repeat the above steps to install Mplayer Media Player.

How do I use Mplayer software?

Use the command line option as follows:

mplayer file.mp3
mplayer tv-show.mp4
mplayer movie.avi

Alternatively, you can use GUI option > Press Windows (Super) key > Type mplayer in unity search bar and select the MPlayer Media Player:

Fig.03: Starting Mplayer Media Player using GUI options

Mplayer Multimedia Player will be luached as follows on screen > Select the Mplayer window > Right Click > and Select Open or CD/DVD to open media files:

Fig.04: Mplayer GUI app – opening a media file (click to enlarge image)

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  • jhang Feb 17, 2010 @ 6:43

    i wish to install jdk on my ubuntu but this was what happened:

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  • Ash Mar 13, 2012 @ 10:18

    How can i install in backtrack?….
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