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Video player for Unix-like systems

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.


User FAQ available from
"IRC [] " IRC Help channel

"IRC [] " IRC development channel


Download version 1.2.6 (stable)
released on 6 July 2014



LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License: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

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug TrackingVCS Repository Webview
HelpMailing List Info/Archive
DeveloperMailing List Info/Archive
SupportMailing List Info/Archive
DeveloperVCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Required to buildimlib
Required to useMIT_SHM or Xv

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


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