Top Ten Best Linux DVD Players

If you’ve decided to download Linux and use it for your operating platform, you might have found that sometimes it can be hard to find software to use on it. There are actually a number of programs that can transform your Linux computer into a powerful multimedia machine. Let’s take a look at the ten best DVD player programs for Linux.

1. VLC media player

VLC is without a doubt the most popular open source media player for Windows computers. It’s also available for Linux machines. Not only can it play almost any video format and audio file, but it’s great for playing DVDs and streaming internet video. It’s capable of playing almost any file or video without having to first download a codec. It’s totally free and always has been, plus it is free of bloatware (programs bundled in that you probably wouldn’t download otherwise). The clean interface is sometimes called boring by users, but it’s also seen as easy to learn and use by many others.


2. Totem

Totem is built to load onto the Gnome Ubuntu desktop. It’s open source software based on GStreamer that has quite a lot of features. You can watch movies full screen and do screen caps as well as build playlists. Play DVDs and VCDs through this player, and if you have downloaded Firefox, there are Mozilla plug-ins that let you view your online movie in the browser. When you load a movie, it loads the subtitles automatically. A video equalizer lets you adjust the contrast, brightness, and saturation of videos while you’re playing them. It can even handle 5.1 surround sound audio.


3. Kaffeine

The perfect player to accompany a cup of coffee, this fully-featured media player can handle video files, audio CDs and DVDs on the k desktop environment, or KDE, using xine as its back-end. It can work on GStreamer as well. You will see your familiar menus on DVDs and you can create playlists also. Kaffeine can also handle live streaming files. If you have a digital video broadcasting device, you can use Kaffeine with it.


4. Xine

Xine is a freeware program with a very pretty interface. It is a GPL licensed program that can handle VCDs, DVDs, and CDs. Plus if you have other video files, Xine can play the most common formats as well, including WMA, AVI, and MOV files. Users call the playback images “smooth”. It works on not just Linux, but other platforms, too, including Mac OSX. Some libraries may have to be loaded to take full advantage of the program, but for most it’s ready to go once it’s downloaded. Developer packages are required for libraries.


5. Real Player 10

This version of Real Player is compatible with Linux. Later versions have gone to the cloud and work best on a Windows machine, but this version is still available for download and still ready to play your videos on your Linux machine. Besides DVDs, it can play almost every video and audio file out there. Download videos you see from a variety of sites for playback later, and create your own playlists in the library. You get the added feature of being able to edit videos to then load onto any number of portable players. You also can stream audio through Real Player.


6. MPlayer

MPlayer video player can handle the most common video file formats, including WMV, AVI, and MOV, and it works with a large number of output drivers. It also plays a variety of discs, including video CDs, DVDs, and SVCD discs. The interface is interesting, capable of merging a couple of scripts together and have two different subtitles on screen at the same time. You can also view closed captioning. The interface is very logically laid out, with the usual software menus across the top and a clean set of controls at the bottom. Global users will have no problems, as there are mirrors in a lot of countries and several languages are available in the subtitles.


7. Helix Media Player

This is an open source program built for Linux, sometimes called Balto. Helix packs a lot of features into its code. Developed by Real Networks, it’s capable of being used on a variety of operating systems, even portable devices like phones. Like many programs in the Linux world, users are able to make suggestions to the developers to improve the program. Helix is able to play videos at the best bit rate when streaming thanks to a feature that automatically detects the bandwidth. Complete with surround sound for great audio, Helix can play a wide variety of media.


8. Miro

This freeware program can handle a variety of tasks that many other programs that are just players cannot. It not only plays a variety of video file formats, but it can handle HD as well. It also acts as a YouTube download program with HD download capacity. You can load your current iTunes library into Miro and play audio and video there, without actually transferring the files into Miro, so they’ll still be recognized by iTunes. You can convert files to load to your Kindle Fire and your Android phone or tablet. Produced by a non-profit, Miro is both freeware and open source, so users have a say in how it works.


9. Ogle

If you are looking for a computer DVD player that works a lot like a free-standing entertainment system model does, Ogle is your pick. It features DVD menus, zoom capability, skipping, multi-channel audio output, and bookmarks. Ogle cannot, however, play DVDs that come with encryption to prevent ripping. If you don’t want the graphical user interface (GUI), you can download a version without it. It’s a completely free program licensed under GNU public license, and unlike the other programs we have looked at, it’s only for playing DVDs.


10. SM player

Lastly, we’ll look at a video player that retains all of your personal settings on your videos. It’s capable of playing a variety of formats of audio files and videos, as well as DVDs. If you like to manipulate or download your own subtitles, this program will let you do that. The equalizer helps you set up your own sound playback arrangement. SM Player is freeware that works on both Linux and Windows, so no matter which compartment you install it on, it will work. It also does not require installing codecs separately.


We hope that these ten titles give you some ideas on which video players you want to load onto your Linux machine to turn it into the center of your computer media system. Try one or all of them – they’re free so you aren’t going to be out anything if you change your mind and want to try out a different one.

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