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xine is a free video player for unix-like systems. It can play back mpeg-1 and mpeg-2 system (audio and video) streams, mpeg elementary streams (video-only streams and mp3 audio streams) and AVI files (using external win32 codecs). xine supports direct DVD playback as well as VCD playback. 'xine' plays the video streams while synchronizing video and audio playback. Depending on the properties of the stream, playback will need more or less processing power. A PII at 400MHz has been able to play back test mpeg-2 streams without dropping frames.


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Download version 1.2.6 (stable)
released on 6 July 2014



LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Janet Casey2 April 2001

Leaders and contributors

Heiko Schaefer Contributor
Henry Worth Contributor
Joachim Koenig Contributor
Paul Flinders Contributor
Rich Wareham Contributor
Guenter Bartsch Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Bug Tracking VCS Repository Webview
Help Mailing List Info/Archive
Developer Mailing List Info/Archive
Support Mailing List Info/Archive
Developer VCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use MIT_SHM or Xv
Required to build imlib

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 2 January 2017.


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