Support for Chromecast, touch screens and more!!!

Many new interesting features have been added lately to SMPlayer. This page will give you a quick overview of all of them.


Support for Chromecast

Version 17.1 features experimental support for Chromecast. Now you can send videos from SMPlayer to your Chromecast device, including local files from your computer and online streams like TV channels or videos from sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Vevo and many more. More info.

Support for 2 in 1 computers with touch screens

SMPlayer includes now a 'tablet mode', available in the menu Options. When the option is turned on it makes some changes in the interface so that it would be easier to control SMPlayer by touching the screen.

  • the size of windows and fonts are increased
  • sliding vertically in the video changes the volume, sliding horizontally seeks in the video
  • tapping while in fullscreen displays the floating control
When the user changes the tablet mode in the Windows 10 action center, SMPlayer will detect it and ask if it should switch to the SMPlayer's tablet mode as well.

Send video to an external screen

Now it's possible to send the video to a second screen connected to the computer, while controlling the application in the computer's screen.

There's a new option in the menu Video: send video to screen. It shows a submenu with all connected screens.

One of the screens is labeled as 'primary screen', which is the computer's screen. If you send the video to another screen the video will be displayed on that screen in fullscreen mode. The SMPlayer interface will remain in the computer's screen where you can control the video (seek, change volume, subtitles, playlist, open another video, etc.) while the video is displayed on the second screen. If you send the video to the primary screen the video will be re-attached to the SMPlayer window.

Note this feature requires the desktop to be set as 'extended'.

Support for high DPI screens

On high DPI (dots per inch) screens SMPlayer looked very tiny. Now the interface is automatically scaled so it looks correctly. There are also settings in Preferences -> Interface -> High DPI where you can adjust manually the scale factor or turn off this feature.

Without high DPI support

With high DPI support

Global shortcuts

Now it's possible to use the media keys (play/pause, stop, volume+/-, etc.) as global shortcuts. That means that those keys will work even when SMPlayer is in the background. You can activate this option in Preferences -> Keyboard and mouse.

Settings are remembered for online streams too

This means that, for example, SMPlayer can resume playback or set bookmarks on YouTube videos or other online streams (as long as they are seekable).


Version 17.4.2
  • New option (menu View -> OSD) to display the times with milliseconds.
  • New fix for the thumbnail generator that works also with older versions of mpv.
  • Bugfix: the position of the video is remembered when it's opened by drag & drop.
  • The Windows installer won't install mpv on Windows XP since mpv is not longer compatible with Windows XP.
  • New option to use the mplayer ffhevcvdpau decoder (Linux only).
  • Avoid some crashes from mpv.
Version 17.4
  • The thumbnail generator has been fixed.
Version 17.3
  • Experimental support for subtitles for Chromecast.
  • [More info]
  • Bug fixes.
Version 17.2
  • Fix for YouTube.
  • The option to delete files from the disk in the playlist is back but it's disabled by default (you can enable it in Preferences -> Playlist -> Misc).
  • On Linux SMPlayer now uses a different web server, included in the packages, to serve files for Chromecast. If you installed the package webfs you can uninstall it now since SMPlayer won't use it anymore.
  • New translation: Norwegian Bokmål.
Version 17.1
  • Experimental support to play videos on Chromecast.
  • Support for some of the #EXTVLCOPT options in m3u/m3u8 playlists. This may help to play online streams from playlists intended for VLC.
  • New options in the context menu of the playlist: 'copy URL to clipboard', 'open source folder' and 'play on Chromecast'.
  • Option to display bitrate information in the status bar.
  • Possibility to display the playback time with milliseconds in the status bar.
  • The option to add black borders on fullscreen is back (Preferences -> General -> Video).
  • The option in the playlist to delete files from the disk has been removed.
Version 16.11
  • New option 'Show info on OSD' in View -> OSD (Shift + I). It displays info about the current media (resolution, bitrate...) on the OSD.
  • [More info]
  • More options in Preferences -> Playlist to better control the behaviour of the playlist, which makes easier to use the playlist for bookmarks.
  • Bug fixes.
Version 16.9
  • New option to send the audio to the specified audio device. It can be useful to send the audio to a TV via a HDMI cable or a bluetooth device.
  • [More info]
  • Some improvements on the playlist. Now it's possible to hide any column (right click to see the options). The search field is also hidden by default, a new search button shows/hides it. These changes are intended to prevent the playlist window to be too wide.
  • Due to bugs and problems with Qt 5, the packages for Ubuntu are now built again with Qt 4 by default.
  • Bug fixes.