GNOME-MPLAYER(1) General Commands Manual GNOME-MPLAYER(1)

gnome-mplayer - a simple GUI for MPlayer

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.

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
Width of window to embed in
Height of window to embed in
Unique DBUS controller id
File Argument is a playlist
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
Play all files on the playlist forever
Quit application when last file on playlist is played
Play items on playlist in random order
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
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 <>.

June 6, 2009