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 17.11
  • The video equalizer by software has been fixed.
  • The thumbnail generator is now more precise with short videos.
  • The audio quality of the audio equalizer has been improved.
  • The option "add black borders on fullscreen" has been fixed.
  • The option "AC3/DTS passthrough over S/PDIF" has been fixed.
Version 17.10.2
  • New option in Preferences -> Network to select the preferred quality for streaming sites such as DailyMotion, Vimeo and so on (all those which are handled by youtube-dl).
  • The audio equalizer is now disabled by default on Linux to prevent a no sound problem for users with old versions of mpv.
  • Fix some problems with the letterbox filter (the 'add black borders' option).
  • The HDPI support is now also enabled on the portable package for Windows.
  • Fix: now the time is correctly displayed in the thumbnail generator pictures when SMPlayer is built with Qt 5.
Version 17.10
  • The deprecated video and audio filters have been replaced with new ones.
  • The karaoke filter is available again.

Important Linux users may need to update mpv. More info.

Version 17.9
  • Now it's possible to the search for subtitles using the filename instead of a hash.
  • [More info]
  • Fix for the OSD when using SMPlayer with mpv 0.26.
Version 17.8
  • New audio filter for headphone optimization.
  • [More info]
Version 17.7
  • Add some options to configure the conversion of srt subtitles to vtt for Chromecast (Preferences -> Network -> Chromecast), like the position of the subtitles on screen.
  • Fix a crash that may happen in the playlist when trying to delete selected items.
Version 17.6
  • Possibility to convert automatically subtitles in srt format to vtt when playing on Chromecast.
Version 17.5
  • Fix for YouTube.
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.