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The following comparison of video players compares general and technical information for notable software media player programs.

For the purpose of this comparison, video players are defined as any media player which can play video, even if it can also play audio files.

General

Active players

Name Author First public release Stable version Cost Software license Based framework Written in
ALLPlayer ALLPlayer Group Ltd. Partnership 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/ALLPlayer Template:Free Template:Proprietary FFmpeg + original + DirectShow Object Pascal (Delphi)
5KPlayer DearMob,Inc. 2015 4.1.0 Template:Start date and age Template:Free Template:Proprietary Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Apprentice Video Pavel Koshevoy 2010-05-29 r407 and later Template:Free Template:Free FFmpeg C++ (Qt)
Banshee Aaron Bockover 2005-02-17 Template:Latest stable software release/Banshee Template:Free Template:Free GStreamer C#
FFplay FFmpeg project 2000-12-20 Template:Latest stable software release/FFmpeg Template:Free Template:Free FFmpeg C
GOM Player Gretech Corporation 2003-01-07 Template:Latest stable software release/GOM Player Template:Free Template:Proprietary FFmpeg Template:Dunno
iTunes Apple Inc. 2001-01-09 Template:Latest stable software release/iTunes Template:Free Template:Proprietary QuickTime Template:Dunno
jetAudio (Basic) Cowon Systems 1997 8.1.5 Template:Start date and age Template:Free Template:Proprietary FFmpeg C++
jetAudio (Plus) Cowon Systems 1997 8.1.5 Template:Start date and age Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary FFmpeg C++
JRiver Media Center JRiver, Inc. 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/Media Center Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary original + DirectShow C++, SSE/MMX assembly
K-Multimedia Player YoungHuee Kang 2002-10-01 Template:Latest stable software release/K-Multimedia Player Template:Free Template:Proprietary DirectShow Object Pascal
Mac Blu-ray Player Macgo Inc. 2011 2.11.1 Template:Start date and age Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Media Go Sony Network Entertainment 2009-03-17 3.0a Template:Start date and age Template:Free Template:Proprietary original + DirectShow
+ QuickTime (optional)
Template:Dunno
Media Player Classic - Home Cinema MPC-HC Team 2003-05-30 Template:Latest stable software release/Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Free Template:Free DirectShow + LAV Filters (FFmpeg) C++
MediaPortal Team MediaPortal 2004 Template:Latest stable software release/MediaPortal Template:Free Template:Free DirectShow C#, C++
MPlayer Árpád Gereöffy 2000-09 Template:Latest stable software release/MPlayer Template:Free Template:Free FFmpeg + original C
mpv mpv Community 2013-08-07 Template:Latest stable software release/mpv (media player) Template:Free Template:Free MPlayer C, Objective C, Lua
Plex Media Player Plex, Inc. 2008-05-21 Template:Latest stable software release/Plex Template:Free Template:Free FFmpeg C++
PotPlayer Kakao Template:Dunno Template:Latest stable software release/PotPlayer Template:Free Template:Proprietary Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
PowerDVD Standard CyberLink 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/PowerDVD Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary DirectShow Template:Dunno
PowerDVD Pro CyberLink 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/PowerDVD Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary DirectShow Template:Dunno
PowerDVD Ultra CyberLink 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/PowerDVD Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary DirectShow Template:Dunno
QuickTime X Apple Inc. 2009-08-28 Template:Latest stable software release/QuickTime X Template:Free Template:Proprietary QuickTime Cocoa (on OS X)
RealPlayer Basic RealNetworks 1995-04 Template:Latest stable software release/RealPlayer Template:Free Template:Proprietary original Template:Dunno
RealPlayer Plus RealNetworks 1995-04 Template:Latest stable software release/RealPlayer Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary original + DirectShow (optional)
+ QuickTime (optional)[1]
Template:Dunno
SMPlayer Ricardo Villalba 2006-12-11 Template:Latest stable software release/SMPlayer Template:Free Template:Free MPlayer C++ (Qt)
Splash Mirillis 2009-09-14 2.0.1 Template:Start date and age Template:Free Template:Proprietary Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) The GNOME Project 2003-02 Template:Latest stable software release/GNOME Template:Free Template:Free[2] GStreamer C
Videostream Videostream Team 2014-02 2.1.3.15 Template:Free Template:Proprietary Chrome + FFmpeg JavaScript, C++
VLC VideoLAN 2001-02-01 Template:Latest stable release/VLC media player Template:Free Template:Free libVLC + FFmpeg C, C++
WinDVD Gold Corel 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/WinDVD Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary DirectShow Template:Dunno
WinDVD Platinum Corel 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/WinDVD Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary DirectShow Template:Dunno
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Team-Kodi (formerly Team-XBMC) 2002 Template:Latest stable software release/XBMC Template:Free Template:Free FFmpeg C++
xine xine Team 2000-08-15 Template:Latest stable software release/xine Template:Free Template:Free xine-lib + FFmpeg C
Name Author First public release Stable version Cost Software license Based framework Written in

Inactive players

Name Author First public release Stable version Cost Software license Based framework Written in
CorePlayer CoreCodec Inc. Template:Hs 2006 Template:Latest stable software release/CoreAVC Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Creative MediaSource Creative Technology Template:Hs 2002 Template:Latest stable software release/Creative MediaSource Template:Included Template:Proprietary DirectShow Template:Dunno
CrystalPlayer Crystal Reality LLC Template:Hs Oct 2002 Template:Latest stable software release/Crystal Player Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary FFmpeg Template:Dunno
DSPlayer DSPlayer team Template:Hs 2002 0.889 Template:Free Template:Proprietary Object Pascal (Delphi), C++
Media Player Classic Gabest 29 May 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/Media Player Classic Template:Free Template:Free DirectShow C++
Ogle Chalmers University of Technology Template:Hs 1999 Template:Latest stable software release/Ogle Template:Free Template:Free Template:Dunno C
Quintessential Player Paul Quinn Template:Hs 1997 Template:Latest stable software release/Quintessential Player Template:Free Template:Proprietary Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Songbird Tom Lord 08 Feb 2006 Template:Latest stable software release/Songbird Template:Free Template:Free GStreamer, XULRunner C++
The Core Pocket Media Player Gabor Kovacs Template:Hs 2004 Jul as "BetaPlayer" Template:Latest stable software release/The Core Pocket Media Player Template:Free Template:Free FFmpeg + original C++
TotalMedia Theatre ArcSoft 15 Nov 2009 6.7.1.199 Template:Start date and age Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary original C++
Quicktime Apple Inc. 1991-12-02 Template:Latest stable software release/QuickTime Template:Free Template:Proprietary QuickTime Cocoa (on OS X)
Winamp Lite, Full, Bundle Nullsoft Template:Hs Jun 1997 Template:Latest stable software release/Winamp Template:Free Template:Proprietary Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Winamp Pro Nullsoft Template:Hs Jun 1997 Template:Latest stable software release/Winamp Template:Nonfree Template:Proprietary Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Windows Media Player Microsoft Template:Hs Nov 1992 Template:Latest stable software release/Windows Media Player Template:Free Template:Proprietary DirectShow C++ (COM)
Name Author First public release Stable version Cost Software license Based framework Written in

Operating system compatibility

This section lists the operating systems on which the player works. There may be multiple versions of a player, each one for a given operating system.

Video player Windows Windows IoT (formerly Windows Embedded) Windows Mobile (formerly Windows Phone) Mac OS X iOS Android Linux BSD Unix Solaris Unix-like DOS BeOS, Haiku, ZETA OS/2
ALLPlayer Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Apprentice Video Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Banshee Template:Partial Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
FFplay Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
GOM Player Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
iTunes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Included Template:Included Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
jetAudio Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
JRiver Media Center Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
K-Multimedia Player Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Partial Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Mac Blu-ray Player Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Media Go Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
MediaPortal Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
MPlayer Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
mpv Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No
Plex Media Player Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
QuickTime Player Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Included Template:Included Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
RealPlayer Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No
SMPlayer Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No
Videostream Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
VLC Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Winamp Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Partial Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dropped Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Windows Media Player Template:Included Template:? Template:Included Template:Dropped (WMP9) Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Dropped (WMP6.3) Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
xine Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Partial Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No
Video player Windows Windows IoT (formerly Windows Embedded) Windows Mobile (formerly Windows Phone) Mac OS X iOS Android Linux BSD Unix Solaris Unix-like DOS BeOS, Haiku, ZETA OS/2


Features

Video player Outbound streaming Skinnable Media database Gapless audio decoding Visualizer Remote controllable Intelligent playlists from database (based on criteria) HDR video playback Stereoscopic 3D Playback 360-degree video playback
ALLPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:? Template:? Template:?
Apprentice Video Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:? Template:? Template:?
Banshee Template:Yes Template:Partial[featurenotes 1] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:? Template:? Template:?
FFplay Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Some Template:No
GOM Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:? Template:? Template:?
iTunes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 1] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:? Template:? Template:?
jetAudio Template:Partial[v 1] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:? Template:? Template:?
JRiver Media Center Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:? Template:? Template:?
K-Multimedia Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No[featurenotes 2] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:? Template:? Template:?
Mac Blu-ray Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:? Template:? Template:?
Media Go Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No SensMe Template:? Template:? Template:?
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:? Template:No Template:?
MediaPortal Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:? Template:? Template:?
MPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:? Template:No
mpv Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:? Template:No
Plex Media Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:? Template:? Template:?
PowerDVD Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:No Template:? Template:Yes Template:?
QuickTime Player Template:Partial[featurenotes 3] Template:Partial[featurenotes 4] Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:? Template:? Template:?
RealPlayer Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:? Template:? Template:?
SMPlayer Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:? Template:? Template:?
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:? Template:? Template:?
VLC Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Some[featurenotes 5] Template:?
Winamp Template:Partial[v 1] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 1] Template:Yes[featurenotes 6] Template:? Template:? Template:?
Windows Media Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:? Template:? Template:?
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Yes[featurenotes 7] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:? Template:? Template:?
xine Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:? Template:? Template:?
Video player Outbound streaming Skinnable Media database Gapless audio decoding Visualizer Remote controllable Intelligent playlists from database (based on criteria) HDR video playback Stereoscopic 3D Playback 360-degree video playback

Extended features

Video player Color controls Time stretching Pitch shifting A-B repeat Audio resync Subtitle resync Chapter (DVD, mkv, mp4, ogm) Bookmark (DVD, video, audio) Auto resume (DVD, video, audio) Shutdown on play complete
ALLPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Apprentice Video Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No
Banshee Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
FFplay Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes
GOM Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
iTunes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No
jetAudio Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
JRiver Media Center Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno
K-Multimedia Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Some[featurenotes 8] Template:Yes Template:Yes
Mac Blu-ray Player Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Media Go Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
MediaPortal Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No
MPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes[featurenotes 9] Template:Yes[featurenotes 9] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial Template:No Template:No Template:Yes
mpv Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes
Plex Media Player Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
PowerDVD Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No
QuickTime Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes[featurenotes 10] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No
RealPlayer Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
SMPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes[featurenotes 11] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No
VLC Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes (from 2.2) Template:Yes
Winamp Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Windows Media Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Partial[v 1] Template:Partial[v 1]
WinDVD Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
xine Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes
Video player Color controls Time stretching Pitch shifting A-B repeat Audio resync Subtitle resync Chapter (DVD, mkv, mp4, ogm) Bookmark (DVD, video, audio) Auto resume (DVD, video, audio) Shutdown on play complete
  1. The user interface is a pluggable Mono Assembly
  2. "gapless mp3 playback - The KMPlayer's Forums". Kmplayer.com. http://www.kmplayer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=138. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  3. Available with QuickTime Streaming Server.
  4. Only the media creator can create skins.
  5. anaglyph only
  6. Via media library in "modern" skin
  7. Kodi/XBMC has a built-in UPnP AV MediaServer, FTP-server (based on FileZilla), and a web server (however the web-server is mainly designed for remote control and not for streaming, but it can be used for streaming with some small modifications any user can make)
  8. Bookmarks are limited to 20 files and are stored with absolute paths, which renders them inaccessible when files are moved
  9. 9.0 9.1 Pitch-shifting and AB-Repeat are not included in Mplayer's interactive keyboard controls, but can be set up via command line parameters. Mplayer manual
  10. www.apple.com/quicktime/pro/ - A-B repeat using Play Selection Only command
  11. As of SVN 3349

Consumer Video format ability

Information about what video formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about abilities of future versions of the players or plugins/filters that provide such abilities.

Video player MPEG-1 MPEG-2 MPEG-4 Part 2 (ASP) MPEG-4 Part 10 H.264 (AVC) WMV RealVideo Theora Flash Dirac VP8 VP9 HEVC (H.265)
ALLPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Apprentice Video Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Banshee Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
FFplay Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
GOM Player Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Yes Template:Partial[3] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
iTunes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 5] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 6] Template:No Template:Partial[v 7] Template:Partial[v 8] Template:No Template:Partial[v 8] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
jetAudio Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Yes Template:Partial[3] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
JRiver Media Center Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Dunno Template:Yes
K-Multimedia Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Mac Blu-ray Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
MediaPortal Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
MPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
mpv Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Plex Media Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
QuickTime Player Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 5] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 6] Template:No Template:Partial[v 7] Template:Partial[v 8] Template:No Template:Partial[v 8] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
RealPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 1] Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
SMPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Yes[v 2] Template:Dunno
VLC Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Winamp Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Yes Template:Partial[3] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Windows Media Player Template:Yes Template:Yes[v 3] Template:Yes[v 9] Template:Yes[v 9] Template:Yes Template:Partial[3] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Partial[v 10] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
xine Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Video player MPEG-1 MPEG-2 MPEG-4 Part 2 (ASP) MPEG-4 Part 10 H.264 (AVC) WMV RealVideo Theora Flash Dirac VP8 VP9 HEVC (H.265)
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Plugin available.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 Available via Gstreamer plugin.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 This format is supported out-of-the-box in Windows 7 and later. In Windows Vista and earlier, the playing compatibility depends on the availability of DirectShow filters.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 The playing compatibility depends on the availability of DirectShow filters.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The playing compatibility depends on the availability of MPEG2 component for Quicktime.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The playing compatibility depends on the availability of WMV Player component for Quicktime.
  7. 7.0 7.1 3rd party plugins are available. The Xiph QuickTime Components allow any QuickTime application to parse Ogg files and play Vorbis, FLAC (Doesn't work with FLAC containers), Speex, and Theora.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 On Macs, 3rd party plugins are available. The Perian QuickTime components for Mac OS X 10.4.7+ allow any QuickTime application to play a wide variety of formats.
  9. 9.0 9.1 This format is supported out-of-the-box in Windows Media Player 12 and later (which requires Windows 7 or later). In Windows Media Player 11 and earlier, the playing compatibility depends on the availability of DirectShow filters.
  10. The playing compatibility depends on the availability of DirectShow filters, or in the case of Windows Media Player 12 and above, there is also the option of using Microsoft Media Foundation components, which have the added bonus of adding WebM support through the HTML5 <video> element to Internet Explorer 9 or later.

Production Video format ability

Video player MPEG-4 SStP AVC-Intra AVC-Ultra XAVC Apple ProRes VC-2/Dirac Pro VC-3/Avid DNxHD VC-5/GoPro CineForm Redcode RAW ARRIRAW CinemaDNG Cineon/DPX sequence OpenEXR sequence TIFF sequence PNG sequence JPEG sequence JPEG 2000 sequence
FFplay Template:No[4] Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Some[5] Template:No Template:No[6] Template:Yes Template:Some Template:Some Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
MPlayer Template:? Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Some Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Some Template:Some Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
VLC Template:? Template:Yes Template:No Template:? Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:? Template:? Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:? Template:Some Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Video player MPEG-4 SStP AVC-Intra AVC-Ultra XAVC Apple ProRes VC-2/Dirac Pro VC-3/Avid DNxHD VC-5/GoPro CineForm Redcode RAW ARRIRAW CinemaDNG Cineon/DPX sequence OpenEXR sequence TIFF sequence PNG sequence JPEG sequence JPEG 2000 sequence

Audio format ability

Information about what audio formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about abilities of future versions of the players or plugins/filters that provide such abilities.

Video player Lossy compression Lossless compression
MP3 WMA RealAudio Vorbis Musepack AAC AC-3 Opus APE FLAC ALAC SHN WV
ALLPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Apprentice Video Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Banshee Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Dunno Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1]
FFplay Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
GOM Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
iTunes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Partial[v 2] Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Partial[v 2] Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
jetAudio Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes
JRiver Media Center Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
K-Multimedia Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Yes
Mac Blu-ray Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
MediaPortal Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
MPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
mpv Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Plex Media Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
QuickTime Player Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 4] Template:No Template:Partial[v 2] Template:No Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 5] Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Partial[v 2] Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
RealPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 5] Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
SMPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1]
VLC Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Winamp Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Yes Template:Partial[7] Template:Yes Template:Partial[7] Template:Partial[7] Template:Partial[7] Template:Yes Template:Partial[7] Template:Partial[7] Template:Partial[7]
Windows Media Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3]
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
xine Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Video player MP3 WMA RealAudio Vorbis Musepack AAC AC-3 Opus APE FLAC ALAC SHN WV


Container format ability

Information about what container formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about abilities of future versions of the players or filters that provide such abilities.

Video player AVI ASF QuickTime Ogg OGM Matroska MP4 NUT FLV WebM
ALLPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno
Apprentice Video Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno
FFplay Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
GOM Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno
iTunes Template:No Template:Partial Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 2] Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
jetAudio Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[8] Template:Partial Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes
JRiver Media Center Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno
K-Multimedia Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno
Mac Blu-ray Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
MediaPortal Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno
MPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
mpv Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Plex Media Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno
QuickTime Player Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 4] Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 2] Template:No Template:Yes[9] Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes[9] Template:Yes[9]
RealPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[v 5] Template:Partial[v 5] Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Dunno Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1][10]
VLC Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Winamp Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[8] Template:Partial Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes
Windows Media Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[8] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Partial[v 3] Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
xine Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno
Video player AVI ASF QuickTime Ogg OGM Matroska MP4 NUT FLV WebM

Streaming support

Information about which internet protocols the players understand, for receiving streaming media content.

Video player HTTP HTTPS HLS DASH HDS Smooth FTP SFTP RTSP
RTSPU/RTSPT
MMS
MMSU/MMST
RTMP Podcast RDT RTP DAAP DLNA
ALLPlayer Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Amarok Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno
Apprentice Video Template:Yes Template:No Template:Partial Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Banshee Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
FFplay Template:Yes Template:Yes2Yes[11] Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes2Yes[12] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
GOM Player Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
iTunes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno
jetAudio Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
JRiver Media Center Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes
K-Multimedia Player Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
MediaPortal Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
MPlayer Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
mpv Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes[13] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
QuickTime Player Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
RealPlayer Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Dunno Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes[v 1] Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes[v 1] Template:Yes Template:Yes
VLC Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes
Winamp Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Windows Media Player Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dropped
(WMP10)
Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
xine Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
XMMS Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Video player HTTP HTTPS HLS DASH HDS Smooth FTP SFTP RTSP MMS RTMP Podcast RDT RTP DAAP DLNA

Playlist format ability

Information about which playlist formats the players understand.

Video player asx/wax/wvx m3u/m3u8 pls xspf ram/rmm sdp rpl xpl bdmv wmx
ALLPlayer Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Apprentice Video Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
FFplay Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
GOM Player Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
iTunes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
jetAudio Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
JRiver Media Center Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
K-Multimedia Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Mac Blu-ray Player Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes
MediaPortal Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
MPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
mpv Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
QuickTime Player Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
RealPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
VLC Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno
Winamp Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Windows Media Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes
xine Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Video player asx/wax/wvx m3u/m3u8 pls xspf ram/rmm sdp rpl xpl bdmv wmx

Electronic program guide format ability

Information about which Electronic program guide format the players viewable.

Video player PSI EIT PSIP XMLTV
ALLPlayer Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Apprentice Video Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
FFplay Template:No Template:No Template:No
GOM Player Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
iTunes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
jetAudio Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
JRiver Media Center Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
K-Multimedia Player Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Mac Blu-ray Player Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
MediaPortal Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
MPlayer Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno
mpv Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno
QuickTime Player Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
RealPlayer Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
VLC Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno
Winamp Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Windows Media Player Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Partial Template:Dunno Template:Partial
xine Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Video player PSI EIT PSIP XMLTV

Subtitle ability

Information about what subtitle formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about abilities of future versions of the players or filters that provide such abilities.

Video player Bitmap Text Bitmap Text
VobSub (.idx+.sub) SubStation Alpha (.ssa+.ass) SubRip (.srt) SAMI (.smi) RealText (.rt) MicroDVD (.sub) SubViewer (.sub) Text file (.txt) Universal Subtitle Format (.usf) SRT (.srt) WebVTT (.vtt) XSUB (.divx embedded subtitles) DVB subtitles DVD subtitles Closed captioning SCTE-27 MPEG-4 Part 17 TTML/SMPTE-TT
ALLPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Apprentice Video Template:Yes[stnotes 1] Template:Yes[stnotes 1] Template:Yes[stnotes 1] Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
FFplay Template:Yes Template:Yes2Yes[stnotes 2] Template:Yes2Yes[stnotes 2] Template:Yes2Yes[stnotes 2] Template:Yes2Yes[stnotes 2] Template:Yes2Yes[stnotes 2] Template:Yes2Yes[stnotes 2] Template:Yes2Yes[stnotes 2] Template:No Template:Yes2Yes[stnotes 2] Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes2Yes[stnotes 2] Template:No[14] Template:Yes2Yes[stnotes 2] Template:No[15]
GOM Player Template:Yes Template:Partial[stnotes 3] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
iTunes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
jetAudio Template:Yes Template:Partial[stnotes 3] Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
JRiver Media Center Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
K-Multimedia Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes[v 3] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Mac Blu-ray Player Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
MediaPortal Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
MPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
QuickTime Player Template:No Template:Yes[9] Template:Yes[9] Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
RealPlayer Template:Yes[v 5] Template:No Template:Yes[v 5] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes[v 5] Template:Dunno Template:Yes[v 5] Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:Yes Template:Partial[stnotes 3] Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
VLC Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Some
Winamp Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:No Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:No Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Windows Media Player Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:No Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:No Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:Yes[stnotes 4] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes[v 3] Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
xine[stnotes 5] Template:Yes Template:Partial[stnotes 3] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Video player VobSub (.idx+.sub) SubStation Alpha (.ssa+.ass) SubRip (.srt) Sami (.smi) RealText (.rt) MicroDVD (.sub) SubViewer (.sub) TXT (.txt) Universal Subtitle Format (.usf) SRT (.srt) WebVTT (.vtt) XSUB (.divx embedded subtitles) DVB subtitles DVD subtitles Closed captioning SCTE-27 MPEG-4 Part 17 TTML/SMPTE-TT
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Subtitles stored separately from the media file are not supported.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 only if FFmpeg was built with libass and 'subtitles' video filter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 This player understands some of the formatting data from SSA/ASS (at most coloring but no positioning, animation, typesetting etc.), but some players could understand the rest of it by using DirectVobSub as external subtitle filter instead of the built-in one.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 For Windows, the ability to use many subtitle formats can be added by installing DirectVobSub or ffdshow.
  5. "FAQ | Kaffeine - KDE Media Player". Kaffeine FAQ. http://kaffeine.kde.org/?q=faq#question9. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 

Metadata ability

Information about what metadata, or tagging, formats the players understand. Most other containers have their own metadata format and the players usually use them. Footnotes lead to information about abilities of future versions of the players or plugins that provide such abilities.

Video player ID3v1 ID3v2 APEv2 tag Vorbis comment AMF ASF metadata MOV metadata Cue sheet CD-Text
ALLPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No
Apprentice Video Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
FFplay Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
GOM Player Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
iTunes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes
jetAudio Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Partial[metadatanotes 1] Template:Dunno
JRiver Media Center Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes
K-Multimedia Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes
Mac Blu-ray Player Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
MediaPortal Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
MPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[metadatanotes 2] Template:Dunno
QuickTime Player Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
RealPlayer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
VLC Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial Template:Yes
Winamp Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial[metadatanotes 3] Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Partial[v 5] Template:Yes
Windows Media Player Template:Yes Template:Partial[metadatanotes 4] Template:Dunno Template:Partial[v 5] Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Partial[v 5]
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Partial
xine Template:Yes Template:Partial[metadatanotes 5] Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Video player ID3v1 ID3v2 APEv2 tag Vorbis comment AMF ASF metadata MOV metadata Cue sheet CD-Text
  1. Supports via plugin available in Cowon Forums
  2. MPlayer can read .cue files with cue:// type URL, but has problems, see Talk:Cue sheet (computing)#mplayer have more faults
  3. Winamp relies on the tagging of its decoder. Replacing the standard decoder with an APEv2 capable one is possible.
  4. ID3 V2.4 not supported (even on Windows Media Player 12).
  5. Displays basic ID3v1 / ID3v2 / Ogg Vorbis tags

Optical media ability

Information about what kinds of optical discs the players can play. Footnotes lead to information about abilities of future versions of the players or plugins that provide such abilities. Playback of Super Audio CD is not possible for any media player, because no suitable hardware exists. All media players capable of audio CD playback will also play the Redbook core of any HDCD disc, providing no sound-quality benefits over standard audio CDs.

Audio Video
Video player CD DVD-Audio HDCD Super Audio CD (SACD) Video CD (VCD) SVCD DVD Blu-ray Disc HD DVD
ALLPlayer Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Dunno
Apprentice Video Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
FFplay Template:Partial Template:No Template:Partial[optical 1] Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Partial Template:No
GOM Player Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Dunno
iTunes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
jetAudio Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
JRiver Media Center Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno
K-Multimedia Player Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Media Player Classic Home Cinema Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial Template:Yes
MediaPortal Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes[optical 2] Template:Dunno
MPlayer Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
PowerDVD Template:Yes Template:Partial Template:Dunno Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial
QuickTime Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:No[optical 3] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
RealPlayer Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
GNOME Videos (formerly Totem) Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
VLC Template:Yes Template:Yes[optical 4] Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Partial[optical 5] Template:Yes Template:Partial[16] Template:Yes[optical 6]
Winamp Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Windows Media Player Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Dunno
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Partial[optical 7] Template:Partial[optical 7] Template:Yes Template:Partial Template:Dunno
xine Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Dunno Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Video player CD DVD-Audio HDCD Super Audio CD (SACD) Video CD (VCD) SVCD DVD Blu-ray Disc HD DVD
  1. A built-in hdcd audio filter is available but needs to manually enable via commandline option.
  2. See this thread on team-mediaportal.com
  3. See VCD and SVCD players on The X Lab
  4. DVD Audio files are playable in VLC 1.1
  5. See VLC playback Features at videolan.org.
  6. HD-DVD .evo (H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, PCM, AC-3, E-AC3, MLP, DTS) from version 3.0.0
  7. 7.0 7.1 VCD menu and SVCD menus are not supported nor displayed.

See also

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References

  1. 'Unsupported file type' error RealNetworks
  2. "COPYING file mentioning exception added 8th Feb 2005". Totem. 2009-05-06. https://git.gnome.org/browse/totem/tree/COPYING. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The playing compatibility depends on the availability of RealMedia filters. There is a distribution known as Real Alternative which bundles the needed RealPlayer components without the need to install the corresponding player.
  4. Support MPEG-4 Studio Profile FFmpeg Project
  5. Red Cinema r3d files not supported FFmpeg Project
  6. Support for DNG (RAW) FFmpeg Project
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Available via plugins that can be automatically downloaded during installation
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The playing compatibility depends on the availability of QuickTime filters. There is a distribution known as QuickTime Alternative which bundles the needed QuickTime components without the need to install the corresponding player.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 The open source Perian plug-in adds the ability to use many video formats and video codecs to QuickTime. It also adds the ability to use SubRip and SubStation Alpha subtitles.
  10. http://www.webmproject.org/tools/#gstreamer-plug-ins As of Gstreamer 1.0, WebM related support is included in gstreamer-plugins-good
  11. only if FFmpeg was built with OpenSSL, GnuTLS, Secure Transport or SChannel.
  12. only if FFmpeg was built with OpenSSH.
  13. With youtube-dl
  14. #4439 (Support SCTE-27 / Digicipher II (DCII) subtitles) FFmpeg Project
  15. #4859 (TTML subtitles) FFmpeg Project
  16. S, Ganesh T. "VLC 'Hack' for Encrypted Blu-ray Playback Capability". http://www.anandtech.com/show/5461/vlc-hack-for-encrypted-bluray-playback-capability. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
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