Install SMPlayer 16.6 in Ubuntu with High-DPI Support

June 15, 2016

SMplayer 16.6

SMPlayer, open-source Qt front-end for MPlayer and MPV, has reached the 16.6 release with some great new features including a tablet mode and high-DPI support.

High DPI screens are supported now in SMPlayer. You can turn on/off this feature and manually adjust the scale factor by navigating to Preferences -> Interface -> High DPI.

SMPlayer High DPI

There’s a new ‘tablet mode’, available in menu Options, that brings support for 2 in 1 computers with touch screens.

SMPlayer tablet mode

SMPlayer 16.6 also brings:

  • Option to send video to an external screen.
  • Global shortcuts support, enable it in Preferences -> Keyboard and mouse
  • Settings are remembered for online streams.
  • built with Qt 5 by default.

How Install /Upgrade SMPlayer in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and Ubuntu 16.10, the most recent build can be installed from the PPA by following the steps below one by one:

1. Add PPA.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and paste the command below and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

Smplayer PPA

2. If you have a previous release installed, you can upgrade it by launching Software Updater:

upgrade SMPlayer

Or run the commands below one by one to do update and install in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes

3. (Optional) To revert back to the stock version of SMPlayer in your Ubuntu release, purge the PPA via ppa-purge by running command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:rvm/smplayer

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