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"?


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  • 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

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    tested under Fedora14: it works. wow. :D lol. but how can i set it to run in full screen? Oct 17, 2011 at 9:24
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    There is a scale argument '-vf scale=800x600' ... put your resolution.
    – Adi Roiban
    Oct 18, 2011 at 7:47
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    mplayer -fs may start it in fullscreen
    – rogerdpack
    Apr 7, 2014 at 20:35
  • To use a specific framebuffer device: mplayer -vo fbdev:/dev/fb1 video.avi
    – 13rac1
    Apr 25, 2016 at 8:07
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    On my TTY I need to use mplayer -vo fbdev2 video.avi to play it.
    – tobiasBora
    Jan 19, 2017 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!

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