List of Multimedia Applications


This is a small, hand-maintained, list of various multimedia-related applications.

All-in-one Media Players

  • VLC - an open-source, cross-platform multimedia player which plays most media files and has a friendly user-interface.

  • mplayer - a primarily command-line media player which supports many formats. Has a Spartan interface, but ships with some GUIs. Open source (GPLed) and cross-platform.

  • mpv - a fork of mplayer with some improvements, and which is under active development. Open source (GPLed) and cross-platform.

  • Windows Media Player - a proprietary, Windows-only media player from Microsoft.

  • GStreamer - an open-source multimedia framework. LGPLed. Is supported by many players, including gst123 .

  • xine - a multimedia playback library, along with some standalone players for UNIX-like operating systems. Open source (GPLed). Its popularity appears to have waned considerably lately.

  • Wikipedia’s Comparison of Video Player Software.

Dedicated Music Players

  • Amarok - a powerful music player with many features and extensions for Linux, UNIX and Windows. Open source (GPL).

  • Clementine Music Player - a multi-platform music player based on Amarok 1.4, ported to Qt 4. Open source (GPL).

  • Banshee - an open-source music and video player based on C#/.NET, gtk#, and Mono on Linux and Mac OS X. Cross-platform.

  • Rhythmbox - “an integrated music management application” for GNOME.

  • XMMS2 - an open-source and cross-platform multi-format music player based on the client/server model.

  • Exaile - a Gtk+ based music manager and player, inspired by Amarok, that is available for UNIX-like operating systems and Windows. (Open source - GPLed).

  • Winamp - a media player for Windows-based PCs and Android devices. Proprietary and freeware/shareware. Used to be popular in the late nineties, but its popularity waned.

  • foobar2000 - a freeware audio player. Aims for simplicity. Proprietary and Windows-only.

  • Wikipedia’s Comparison of Audio Player Software.

Video Downloaders

  • youtube-dl - a cross-platform command line program, written in Python 2.x to download videos from, metacafe, Google Video, Photobucket videos, Yahoo! video, Dailymotion, DepositFiles,, vimeo, and others. Open source (public domain).

  • Video DownloadHelper - an extension for Firefox that downloads videos from “hundreds of YouTube-like sites”. Custom, mostly all-rights-reserved licence.

Waveform Editors

Video Editors

  • OpenShot Video Editor - an open-source (GPLv3) video editor written in Python.

  • Kdenlive - an open-source (GPLv2+) video editor, based on the KDE frameworks.

  • VLMC - VideoLAN Movie Creator - an open-source and cross-platform (GPLv2) video editor from the VideoLAN project (which also develops the VLC player). Currently (24 July 2015) under preliminary development stages.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro - a proprietary and commercial video editor, for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.


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