Which one is the most lightware video player ?

I watch usually normal videos, with not so high resolution...

Referring to the hardware resources used tell me please do you recommend me a video player which comes with the most common codecs included, or is it possible to use a fast way in Linux to download/install the video and audio codec that I need for the video which I am trying to watch?

If this is possible how can I find in Linux the video codec which I need to see the video?

One of the most important option included would be to search and download subtitles for the video which I am watching to (would be better to search on more subtitles websites).

Thank you.

In my opinion it is not a duplicate of Programs to download subtitles for videos because the question is about a light video player with the subtitles download feature included too.


If light on resources is your top priority, you can run your videos in a terminal with mplayer, no GUI == less resources

mplayer /path/to/my/video

Note: You don't have to type the videos name every time, just type mplayer and drag the videos icon on to the terminal.

To choose a custom resolution, swap the -x and -y values for your resolution. -fs starts the video in fullscreen.

mplayer /path/to/my/video -fs -x 1280 -y 720

Some other use full perimeters include -nosound to run muted and sub /location for loading sub titles.

mplayer /path/to/my/video -nosound sub /location/of/sub/titles

To get a list of peramiters type mplayer in a terminal or go this page for a full manual.

I highly recommend a frontend to set up your video options, even if you don't want to use it for playback, I like smplayer

sudo apt-get install smplayer

Heres a quick explination of auto subs, but it must be set up in smplayer I could not find any shell commands for this

From the menu go to -> Subtitles -> Find Subtitles on OpenSubtitles.org A “Find Subtitles” dialog box will appear. In the Options, set the proxy settings if you are using any. From here

It will automatically search for subtitles on OpenSubtitles.org and display a list of available subtitles. Select any one from list and download that.

For codecs, all most users will ever need (and you should already have) is

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
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I would advice you to use VLC, it's light with many codecs. Install it:

 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install vlc browser-plugin-vlc

To learn how to get subtitles in VLC watch this video

You need to install a VLC extension called VLSub.


  • click on the download
  • save the archive and extract the file "vlsub.lua"
  • create a directory "extensions" at this location and put the file "vlsub.lua" inside ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/
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  • Thank you @Maythux, tell me please is vlc even lighter than mpv, mplayer, SMplayer or Gnome Media player? Unfortunately Gnome Media player doesn't have the feature for subtitles search. – XPDIN Jul 4 '15 at 7:43
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  • Excuse me @Maythux, I am asking again, tell me please in your opinion is VLC more lightweight in using hardware resources than mpv, mplayer, SMplayer or Gnome Media player? Unfortunately Gnome Media player doesn't have the feature for subtitles search. Regards. – XPDIN Jul 4 '15 at 8:22
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    This is primarily based opinion and yes i think that, it's slick to use i used it 4 years ago an tried most video players and found VLC the best among them – Maythux Jul 4 '15 at 8:25

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