Mplayer For Mac Os X

MPlayer is a cross platform movie player able to play various media files like mov, mpeg, avi, wmv and more. MPlayer's architecture is designed to effortlessly support a wide range of output. The real name of this app is MPlayer OS X Extended, even though it’s hosted on Google Code as mperevive. Basically, the goal of the developers is to create a “ simpler, smoother, and more user-friendly UI for MPlayer OSX Extended, a frontend for the Mac OS X version of MPlayer ”.

  1. Mplayer For Mac Os X 10.10
  2. Mplayer For Mac Os X 10.8
  3. Mplayer For Mac Os X

Devices and Mac OS X version

VLC media player requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later. It runs on any 64bit Intel-based Mac. Previous devices are supported by older releases.
Note that the first generation of Intel-based Macs equipped with Core Solo or Core Duo processors is no longer supported. Please use version 2.0.10 linked below.

Web browser plugin for Mac OS X

Support for NPAPI plugins was removed from all modern web browsers, so VLC's plugin is no longer maintained. The last version is 3.0.4 and can be found here. It will not receive any further updates.

Older versions of Mac OS X and VLC media player

We provide older releases for users who wish to deploy our software on legacy releases of Mac OS X. You can find recommendations for the respective operating system version below. Note that support ended for all releases listed below and hence they won't receive any further updates.


Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Use VLC 2.2.8. Get it here.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

Use VLC 2.0.10. Get it for PowerPC or 32bit Intel.

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later is required

Use VLC 0.9.10. Get it for PowerPC or Intel.

Mac OS X 10.3 Panther

QuickTime 6.5.2 or later is required

Use VLC 0.8.6i. Get it for PowerPC.

Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar

Use VLC 0.8.4a. Get it for PowerPC.

Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah and 10.1 Puma

Use VLC 0.7.0. Get it for PowerPC.

MPlayer does not work on Mac OS versions before10, but should compile out-of-the-box on Mac OS X 10.2 and up.The preferred compiler is the Apple version ofGCC 3.x or later.You can get the basic compilation environment by installing Apple'sXcode.If you have Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 7you can use the corevideo video output driver.

Unfortunately, this basic environment will not allow you to take advantageof all the nice features of MPlayer.For instance, in order to have OSD support compiled in, you willneed to have fontconfigand freetype librariesinstalled on your machine. Contrary to other Unixes such as mostLinux and BSD variants, OS X does not have a package systemthat comes with the system.

There are at least two to choose from:Fink andMacPorts.Both of them provide about the same service (i.e. a lot of packages tochoose from, dependency resolution, the ability to simply add/update/removepackages, etc...).Fink offers both precompiled binary packages or building everything fromsource, whereas MacPorts only offers building from source.The author of this guide chose MacPorts for the simple fact that its basicsetup was more lightweight.Later examples will be based on MacPorts.

For instance, to compile MPlayer with OSD support:

This will install pkg-config, which is a system formanaging library compile/link flags.MPlayer's configure scriptuses it to properly detect libraries.Then you can install fontconfig in asimilar way:

Then you can proceed with launching MPlayer'sconfigure script (note thePKG_CONFIG_PATH and PATHenvironment variables so that configure finds thelibraries installed with MacPorts):

You can get a native GUI for MPlayer together withprecompiled MPlayer binaries for Mac OS X from theMPlayerOSX project, but bewarned: that project is not active anymore.

Mplayer For Mac Os X

Fortunately, MPlayerOSX has been taken overby a member of the MPlayer team.Preview releases are available from ourdownload pageand an official release should arrive soon.

Mplayer For Mac Os X 10.10

In order to build MPlayerOSX from sourceyourself, you need the mplayerosx, themain and a copy of themain SVN module namedmain_noaltivec.mplayerosx is the GUI frontend,main is MPlayer andmain_noaltivec is MPlayer built without AltiVecsupport.

To check out SVN modules use:

In order to build MPlayerOSX you will need toset up something like this:

You first need to build main and main_noaltivec.

To begin with, in order to ensure maximum backwards compatibility, set anenvironment variable:

Then, configure:

If you configure for a G4 or later CPU with AltiVec support, do as follows:

If you configure for a G3-powered machine without AltiVec, use:

Mplayer For Mac Os X 10.8

You may need to edit config.mak and change-mcpu and -mtunefrom 74XX to G3.

Continue with

then go to the mplayerosx directory and type

This will create a compressed .dmg archivewith the ready to use binary.

Mplayer For Mac Os X

You can also use the Xcode 2.1 project;the old project for Xcode 1.x doesnot work anymore.