As its name suggests, Java MPlayer is an open source, platform-independent and free graphical software implemented in Java and designed from the offset to act as a GUI (Graphical User Interface) front-end for the popular and powerful MPlayer command-line multimedia playback application.
Java MPlayer is a wrapper around the ‘mplayer’ command, specifically engineered to provide a nice, straightforward and easy-to-use GUI front-end that lets users to playback movies. In addition, the application includes a patched version of the MPlayer software, which features improved pause and support for DVD navigation.
Features at a glance
Key features include better DVD playback with menus and the ability to select languages and subtitles from the main DVD menu, as well as support for reading any multimedia file (watch videos or listen to music).
Support for opening and saving playlists is also implemented, so you can easily organize your music collection, as well as support for playing Internet streams, such as YouTube videos, via youtube-dl. Its beautiful and intuitive GUI (Graphical User Interface) is written in Java with IcedTea and Eclipse IDE.
Getting started with Java MPlayer
Installing Java MPlayer on your GNU/Linux computer is an easy task, as you will have to double-click the setup.sh file as root. To uninstall Java MPlayer from your system, double-click the uninstall-jm.sh file as root.
Open the software from the main menu of your desktop environment and use the tabs to add files, add DVD Video discs, add VCDs, add CDs, add TV or URLs. On the left side of the window you will be able to access and control the video and audio streams.
Under the hood and supported operating systems
Being written in Java, the Java MPlayer application runs on any operating system where JRE (Java Runtime Environment) is available, including GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It has been successfully tested on various distributions of Linux with 32-bit and 64-bit hardware.