If I don't want to install a GUI, just install a minimal Ubuntu amd64.

Ok, but: I heard that I can still run e.g.: Firefox in a "framebuffer" (?), so I'm asking, that how can I run e.g.: a VLC media player through a framebuffer under console, without "GUI"?

  • you can't run a gui element without a gui, how would you even play a video if you don't have a gui to draw a window for it. and i'm pretty sure that what you're referring to is this <---calsoftlabs.com/whitepapers/firefox_gtk_dfb.html – Uri Herrera Jun 4 '11 at 10:58
  • 2
    mplayer supports it. I can;t say I know anything about it, but a quick Google on "mplayer Linux framebuffer" came up with quite a bit, though most of what I saw were how-to's for other distros; Gentoo, Arch, etc. From what I gather you MAY have to do a specific compile of mplayer, or maybe not. But yes, you can do video from framebuffer. – mvario Jun 4 '11 at 16:40
  • Make sure your console starts in framebuffer mode.
  • Add your user to 'video' group:
  • Install mplayer sudo apt-get install mplayer
  • Run mplayer -vo fbdev video.avi

I was able to run a videofile in framebuffer with a default installation if Ubuntu 11.10

  • 1
    tested under Fedora14: it works. wow. :D lol. but how can i set it to run in full screen? – LanceBaynes Oct 17 '11 at 9:24
  • 2
    There is a scale argument '-vf scale=800x600' ... put your resolution. – Adi Roiban Oct 18 '11 at 7:47
  • 2
    mplayer -fs may start it in fullscreen – rogerdpack Apr 7 '14 at 20:35
  • To use a specific framebuffer device: mplayer -vo fbdev:/dev/fb1 video.avi – 13rac1 Apr 25 '16 at 8:07
  • 1
    On my TTY I need to use mplayer -vo fbdev2 video.avi to play it. – tobiasBora Jan 19 '17 at 17:42

I use VLC (ncurses edition) via sudo apt-get install vlc-nox.

I also installed Alsa utilities, to control the volume sudo apt-get install alsa-utils.

You'll be downloading a lot of multimedia libraries, without the X windows stuff.

Make sure your userID is a member of video and audio groups.

You can kick off a DVD via vlc dvd:///dev/dvd.

Or as a local file vlc "~Videos/Fraggle Rock - Live By The Rule of the Rock.avi".

HDMI audio at the framebuffer level has been problematic for me.

Good luck!

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.