MPV Player 0.25 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu 16.04

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MPV, an open-source MPlayer and MPlayer2 based media player, has reached the 0.25 release two days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

MPV 0.25 drops support for OS X 10.7 and earlier. Support for some optical media functionality (DVD/CD) is now disabled by default. More parts of the player are now licensed under LGPL. New features include:

  • TOOLS: add acompressor.lua script for runtime acompressor ffmpeg filter control
  • dvb: add support for DVB-T2
  • lavfi: support hwdec filters for –lavfi-complex
  • macOS: initial Touch Bar support
  • osc: add volume button (mouse wheel to change volume)
  • sub: add SDH subtitle filter
  • vo_opengl: add experimental vdpauglx backend
  • vo_opengl: implement videotoolbox hwdec on iOS

There are also lots of bug-fixes, minor enhancements, and other changes in this release. See the release note for details.

How to Install MPV 0.25 in Ubuntu 16.04:

MPV does not provide official Linux binaries, but it refers to a third-party PPA which so far offers the 0.25 release for Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18, and derivatives.

To install it, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, do:

1. add the PPA repository via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) when prompts and hit Enter.

2. If you have a previous release installed, you can now launch Software Updater and upgrade the software after checking for updates:

Or just run commands to install it for the first time:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install mpv


For any reason, you can remove the PPA easily by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab. And remove the player via command:

sudo apt remove mpv && sudo apt autoremove