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i'm using this really amazing video player in ubuntu, i just want to make little change in it's behaviour with subtitles (.srt files)

Default Behaviour

currently MPV shows subtitles which are hard coded in a video file or srt file which is exactly named as the video file, for eg it'll pick up the subtitle file if the name of video file is video.mkv and name of the subtitle file is video.srt , but it won't pick it up if it's different.

What I want to achieve

it should pick up any and all the subtitles which are available in the same folder as the video file, automatically


To provide an actual mpv only answer, you can specify the mechanism by which subtitle tracks are loaded in your mpv.conf file located at .config/mpv.conf as explained here in the mpv manual. In your case you would add sub-auto=all.


SMPlayer is a frontend for various media player programs, defaulting in modern versions to mpv. If you don't mind using it (since you'd be using mpv with some niceties), it gives this option for selecting subtitles:

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It is available in Ubuntu's repositories, so a sudo apt-get install smplayer is enough to get it.

  • i tried to stay away from it because GUI looked terrible, but it's highly configurable and I've managed to make it look more minimalist, thanks for the suggestion, works for me Apr 7 '17 at 10:35
  • @SumeetDeshmukh ah yes, I should have mentioned that the first thing I do when installing it is to go to the Interface settings and change the themes and layout
    – muru
    Apr 7 '17 at 10:41
  • that's what I did, it's already growing on me, thanks again Apr 7 '17 at 10:42

If you use mpv from the terminal you can type mpv [name of your file] --sub-files=[name of your srt file]. Actually you can add a list of srt files type man mpv for more info. Good luck.

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