MPlayer is one of the many available media playback systems for Linux and Unix-like operating systems and is particularly useful to many people thanks to its support of proprietary and non-standard video formats.

While the use of these formats will undoubtedly be controversial, the pragmatic Linux user will often still want to be able to enjoy media in these other formats, which makes MPlayer a good solution.

Inside your web browser, however, MPlayer's default plugin interface does not feel very integrated visually with the rest of the system.

Gecko-MediaPlayer is a custom browser plugin which uses MPlayer and its GNOME bindings to provide a better user interface for playing audio and video inside your browser. Any media playable by MPlayer that you come across online can be played back through the plugin, just like the mplayerplug-in package, but with a vastly improved user interface that feels integrated with the GNOME desktop.

Installing the Gecko-MediaPlayer plugin is generally as simple as installing the gecko-mediaplayer package. You may want to remove the mplayerplug-in package first if it is installed, to avoid conflicts between the two browser plugins.

Installing Gecko-MediaPlayer

Once you've installed and restarted your browser, any media that MPlayer can handle will show up in the new interface.

Playing video in Gecko-MediaPlayer

If you're a GNOME user that also chooses MPlayer as their media solution for the web, installing this package is a quick and easy way to improve your online viewing experience, through a better integrated UI.

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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Discussion: Gecko-MediaPlayer

  1. lorrain (guest)

    # Posted on 17 August 2008 at 09:19 PM

    Good post.

    I use Pardus ( and in KDE in my opinion the best is SMPlayer ( Above all what you can do with keys w and e.

  2. # Posted on 18 August 2008 at 08:26 PM

    [...] Linux only: MPlayer is a versatile, sturdy media player with an ability to handle nearly as many files as VLC Media Player, but its integration into Firefox leaves a bit to be desired in the interface department. Free browser plug-in Gecko Media Player has looks that integrate nicely into a GNOME desktop, plays anything in the browser that can play in MPlayer, and is simple to install or set up. If you’re an Ubuntu user, you’ve already got a gecko-mediaplayer package available; those on other Linux distros without a package can compile from source. Gecko Media Player is a free download for Linux systems only. geck-mediaplayer [via FOSSwire] [...]

  3. ricercia (guest)

    # Posted on 18 August 2008 at 10:02 PM

    BTW this only works in hardy, I have tried it in gutsy and it didnt work :(

  4. ericke (guest)

    # Posted on 19 August 2008 at 08:55 PM


  5. micha (guest)

    # Posted on 24 August 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Any page where i can test this ?

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