SMPlayer v17.1.0 Updated

billon on 21 Jan 2017
  • 72MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by Jainendra

SMPlayer is a feature-rich, skinnable player that views most media without any dependency on installed codecs, as well as streaming media, Youtube, and DVD video. Audio, video, and subtitle settings for individual files are all remembered between sessions so you can start again exactly where and how you left off. Supports subtitle downloading, audio and subtitles delay adjustment, video equalizer, playlist support, and much more.

The program is a frontend for MPlayer, mpv and mplayer2 that also works on Linux. Alternatively, X-SMPlayer and SMPlayer Portable stealth and adjusts paths) are also available.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: None
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes. Under Options, Preferences, select Advanced, Advanced, and make sure Pass short filenames (8+3) to MPlayer is selected.
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the "portable" 7z package (32- or 64-bit) and extract using a 7-Zip-compatible program to a folder of your choice. Launch smplayer.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: MPC-HC, VLC, PotPlayer
What's new?
  • Experimental support to play videos on Chromecast.
  • Support for some of the #EXTVLCOPT options in m3u/m3u8 playlists. This may help to play online streams from playlists intended for VLC.
  • New options in the context menu of the playlist: "Copy URL to clipboard", "Open source folder" and "Play on Chromecast".
  • Option to display bitrate information in the status bar.
  • Possibility to display the playback time with milliseconds in the status bar.
  • The option to add black borders on fullscreen is back (Preferences -> General -> Video).
  • The option to delete files from the disk in the playlist's context menu has been removed.

45 comments on SMPlayer  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

NuLL 2007-09-21 23:36

Never used this, but 58 Mb compared to 16 Mb VLC portable uses. to me the choose seems obvious. VLC is Also codecless and comes with its own GUI

NuLL 2007-09-21 23:37

Forgot the link for those who want to check it out.

szega 2007-09-22 12:48

You loose. Mplayer has it's own skinnable gui, too.
It's only 6,3MB.

Local 2007-09-22 12:58

I never did understand why people say that

Anyway, Mplayer can be small but not if you have all of the codecs installed, 58 MB is approx for the full version that will play almost anything.

VLC is my player of choice but it doesn't play all of the formats that mplayer does.
I find it useful for me but if you want to play all Quicktime files and any real files mplayer is a good bet.

Btw I've not tried this frontend because I already have about three mplayers, I can only assume that this will be as good as any other and entirely down to your own taste

testbetasoft 2007-09-22 21:30

Stop talking bullshit and take a look at the software. This is the best mplayer frontend with the most advanced and configurable skin ever created. I am using it since half year and i have to tell you that is the best. I am a person that hates installing codec packs and even a single codecs so my system is using GOM Player as default player and VLC and sMplayer as backups. (Optional you can install the Alternatives like Quicktime lite and Real lite if you want and you are good to go.)

Local 2007-09-23 15:30


What's the problem? Can you not make an intelligent comment without swearing?

Fine you have an opinion and people would like to hear it but do you really think people will take you seriously when you start a comment that way?

kooKyGuY 2007-09-23 18:04

Use what you like, but if you haven't tried this one then your opinion means very little. I am not sure why anyone would not use it just because of the size. If 58 MB (by the way, Mb = megabit not megabyte)is to much for their hard drive to hold, they should upgrade it to modern standards. It is obvious for me to judge the program based on how well it performs instead of the tiny difference in size from vlc. I have been trying this out and so far I like it a lot. :)

Gawran 2007-09-24 03:34

Actually, size difference is not that big, I got my SMPlayer down to 24MB with a few tricks:
1. download UPX tool from
2. compress all .exe and .dll files, and *all* files in mplayer\codecs\ subdir (except Readme.txt) with "upx --best".
3. delete whole "translations" dir (even _eng files)
4. check out all skins, and delete ones you don't like
5. delete all .txt files you don't need (actually, this could be licence violation, so it's better to leave them)

My VLC is 10MB (same procedure), and it is a great piece of software, but almost everything about MPlayer is better than VLC (e.g. it loads 5 times faster than VLC).

SMPlayer has really great GUI, but if you are more of a minimalistic type, try MPUI (, which is also MPlayer GUI, and with the same codec pack takes just 16-17 MB.

OFF-topic: about testbetasoft, I thought this little forum has a moderator. I could understand someone getting angry and swearing in a political or religious discussion, but portable apps? Man, get a life!

szega 2007-09-24 07:44

Hey man, I'm just kidding. I forget this little sign: :), or this ;).
If you like VLC, use it! Your decision.
I prefer mplayer. (One reason is, this program is made by Hungarian programmers, and I'm Hungarian, too.)
Size matters, becasue I made a program pack to my pendrive, and I use it when I meet a "naked" PC.

Gawran 2007-09-24 09:26

Yes, size does matter, but your 6,3MB MPlayer is very limited in what files it can decode. If you want one opens-everything player, then you have to add codecs (about 22MB, if I remember correctly, one can upx it down to 12MB). Otherwise, sooner or after you will run into a vid that can not be decoded, and then you'll be "naked" too :)

Unfortunatelly, I can't put my trust in any of them, so I have MPlayer, K-Mplayer, VLC and MediaPlayerClassic all on my stick, which is a bit too much (45MB of video players on a 512MB drive), but if I had to choose, I would too go for MPlayer.

If someone in Croatia made a video player (even a crappy one), I would probably switch to that one :)

Dak 2007-09-29 23:11

i like this SMplayer a lot, what i like most is slowmo and screenshots, i have been using it for a month and i would like to keep using but there is one glaring and major annoyance i find thats nagging me to stick with Media Player Classic. The volume settings are not persistent!!!!grrr!! Many times i will click on a small clip and SMplayer opens with the volume at %100 even though i had the volume set at %20 last time i used it. this usually gets me jumping out of my seat in a state of adrenalin feuled panic not to mention half deaf, for the rest of the day.

Similarly if you load a clip thats already in history the thing opens and for like a split second its really load and then corrects itself resetting the volume to the previous state.

im having a hard time getting over it and 2 updates later, still the same behavior. it doesnt seem like the devs are too sure of how they want the layout either, it would be nice if some more time was spent on this part of the app as well.

jrolz 2007-12-14 01:34

I start used frm ver0.5.61, all work nice for me
but when I update to the new version 0.5.62
there and error message come out, mention something
cannot be read from the file.
I compare back the latest with previous and manage to
get back the smplayers by copy the Qt**.dll from the 0.5.61ver into the latest ver0.5.62 then become OK back
I suppose the problem is within the Qt**.dll file, Dont know how to fix its, for me it the best Mplayer that I can bring with my thumbdrive. If the developer read this
can U guyz improve the audio side by include the audio equalizer for audio ouput fine tunning.
well great product to have it
One more thing the old version is more less memory then latest but U cannot feel the diffrent - for me

RVM 2007-12-27 17:40

Hi, I'm the developer of SMPlayer.

The problem implementing an audio equalizer is that mplayer doesn't provide slave commands for that, so I'm afraid it can't be done.

About the problem with the volume at 100% on startup, it seems to be a problem of mplayer on Windows (that doesn't happen on Linux). But maybe I will able to fix this in the next release.

AmiNimA 2008-02-08 00:09

Don't judge about players. Kmplayer in is the best and the most proffesional player that I've seen. It's an open source portable player and can play anything you want. the complete size after installing is about 37.MB . By coping some codecs and plugins to its folder it comes about 47.MB.

Sal 2008-03-13 18:07

One more thing about smplayer portability. This affects smplayer users who use SSA/ASS library Option. If you choose this option, smplayer will create a folder named "fontconfig" in "documents and settings\your user name". so you might want to go ahead and delete that folder if you don't want to leave any files behind.

DevNull 2008-04-22 05:00

It's portable, but no longer stealth. Since v0.5.62 it creates registry entries in the following locations


I think these entries are for enqueuing files using Windows' context menu. So far I have not found a way to disable them.

J44xm 2008-04-22 06:37

Thanks for the notice. I'm using a batch file to open SMPlayer and then remove those entries after closing it.

Ian 2008-07-09 00:54

If "Pass short filenames" is enabled, Smplayer couldn't autoload subtitle correctly. So, the option to "load all subs in the directory" needs to be used for smplayer to autoload sub.

rvm 2008-07-19 01:36

Now there's a portable version of smplayer, which among other things, doesn't write anything in the registry. More info:

a 2008-08-10 19:57

i could upx compress this thing but i get a program error 00005, and then nothing. rulesplayer was upx compressed and runs without problems. was looking forward to comparing.

pakmenu 2008-08-19 21:29

very big difference between VLC and SMplayer:

SMplayer can watch movies in 10% step increase of speeds, while keeping audio pitch equal (with ac3 or mp3 or other frequancy based codecs, frequencies remain same but are player shorter intervals, making movie faster without increasing pitch)

With VLC the smallest step of increased (or decreased) speed is either 200% or 50% and the sound does not work.

I like at boring documentaries to run through it at 120-130% speed, SMplayer is great at that, while being able to comprehend all that is said and just save time on the boring parts, at high speed action or dialogue sometimes /i also use 70-90% speed setting.

the key [ decreases speed 10% and ] increases 10%
backspace sets it back to 100%

porkbutt 2008-09-07 23:49

Looks like a nice program but it has a few flakey issues. Start a movie and then move to a point 1/3 from the end using the seek bar. It jumps all over the place. This is a program killer unless you only watch DVDs from beginning to end without interruption.

Also, if you have subtitles enabled, you’ll need to disable and then re-enable subtitles when you start SMPlayer. This option is ignored each time you restart SMPlayer.

Mehtuus 2008-11-28 13:51

They have a preconfigured Portable version available now:
The package also includes the icon themes, translations and a MPlayer build.

SMPlayer Portable Edition is a special version of SMPlayer (for Windows)
which tries to not write anything outside from the directory where it is
installed, so it can be used from external devices like pendrives.

You can get a package from here:

To install it, just uncompress it wherever you want. To run it just
double click on smplayer.exe.

The package includes:

* SMPlayer (portable version)
* A MPlayer build
* Translations and icon themes

What are the differences with the normal SMPlayer?

* By default it will save the ini files in the smplayer's folder.
* It won't try to create the smplayer home directory or the screenshot
directory (C:\Documents and Settings\User\.smplayer\...)
* It won't write anything in the Windows registry (for that reason the
file associations are not available in this version)
* The screenshot option is disabled by default.

How to know if it's really the portable version?

Go to Help -> About SMPlayer, it should say something like this:
"Version: (Portable Edition)"

chris 2008-12-17 05:09

SMPlayer is a very cool media lpayer, it plays alot of the media files my other applications wont play, I tend use the portable version from the Lupo PenSuite which is only a 20mb download.

Ziggy 2009-03-01 14:37
is the link for an mplayer version without gui that plays rmvb, rm, ram, avi, xvid, divx, mov, mpg, mkv,mp4, mp3 etc. you just need to have a gui just download: and then replace themplayer.exe from the portable verison with the one from adn there you go no codecsd and less than 7MB player that plays all.

who cares about my name? 2009-05-14 12:10

I think that smplayer would do great, if it worked on my computer. But i believe it's better than vlc because vlc doesn't work proper with collors. ( something that has to be red looks blue.)

george.romania 2009-05-23 11:51

to make a diference betwen smplayer and bsplayer or VLC do this: download a movie(camera capture) and open it in bsplayer or VLC and smplayer in the same will see the diference...image quality in smplayer is better...

Zays 2009-08-08 23:33

The original portable version of SMPlayer is not portable: it writes settings in Windows registry changing the color of GUI (Trolltech) and many absolute paths (recent files, playlist, icons for TV and Radio, etc..) are not normalized moving the program. I'm testing the portable version powered by winPenPack and it works well.

PJ 2009-08-10 03:22

If you get the portable version, yes then its portable. If you enter an absolute path to something, the program is SUPPOSED to remember the path, not try and change it based on some guesses.
The portable version writes nothing in the registry.

DevNull 2010-02-28 17:32

The current portable version of SMPlayer (SMPlayer v0.6.9) is portable except for writing to the registry the key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Trolltech] and several keys underneath it.

This can be fixed by removing the folder "imageformats" and the contained file "qjpeg4.dll". According to this web page (, qjpeg4.dll allows smplayer to read/write jpeg files (currently only used for the video preview option) and that it should work without it, using png files instead.

Though I have no idea how to invoke the video preview option to test it, I was able to verify that SMPlayer does work fine without folder "imageformats" and its contents, and is "stealth" while doing so.

According to, qjpeg4.dll was removed from offical SMPlayer package. I can verify that it was not present in SMPlayer Portable v0.6.8. Unsure why it reappeared in v0.6.9

David Dollevoet 2012-02-19 05:58

Dissatisfied with SMPlayer v. 0.7.0. Playing a commercial DVD movie yielded a horrible result. Also downloaded the codecs required. Poor performance and bloated.

So I tried MPC-HomeCinema --> satisfactory playback and much smaller.

David Dollevoet


lautrepay 2012-03-21 20:11

SMPlayer officially supports mplayer2 now. Entry updated to reflect it.


webfork 2012-11-03 17:47

Found a VERY old RealAudio-format video file the other day that nothing else would open it but SMPlayer. Still prefer VLC for everyday use, but will always keep this on-hand.


AndTheWolf 2013-04-22 16:30

Link is still pointing to smplayer-portable- rather than smplayer-portable-


Ruby 2013-04-22 18:02

Links updated to non version dependant downloads page


smaragdus 2014-04-01 22:18

The new version number scheme is ridiculous, from 0.8.6 to 14.3.0- absurd and stupid.


JohnTHaller 2014-04-02 17:10

smaragdus - I believe the version is now date-based like Ubuntu and others use. So it's Year-Month-Revision. 2014, March, first release in this case is 14.3.0.


smaragdus 2014-04-02 22:34

I know, but such a versioning shows nothing about the history/maturity of the product. If it was 0.8.7 or 1.0.0 it would be OK for me.


Checker 2014-09-07 03:03


gbrao 2014-09-08 08:04

^ thanks, the portable versions only leave some QT stuff (Qt Factory Cache 4.8) in the reg.

Made a PortableApps version (only) to remove the QT stuff. With both 32- & 64- versions of SMPlayer.


ripu 2015-06-28 12:06

@DevNull Thanks a lot, that worked.


vmars316 2016-01-13 18:05

The 64-bt download link
only yields :
Download smplayer-15.11.0-win32.exe (24.2 MB)
not 64-bit .


fullbug 2016-08-03 21:35

Anyone know how to change skins? Cannot seem to figure that out.....


fullbug 2016-08-03 21:40

Never mind, figured it out, thank you, great player.....


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