How to Install SMPlayer on AlmaLinux 9

As the world of technology becomes increasingly complex, it can be hard to keep up with the latest software trends. However, one Program that has stood the test of time is SMPlayer. This free, open-source media player was first released in 2006, and it has since become a favorite among users thanks to its simple interface and powerful features. One of the most popular features of SMPlayer is its ability to play a wide range of audio and video formats. It also comes with a host of other features, such as support for subtitles, an equalizer, and a skins system that allows users to customize the player’s look.

The following tutorial will teach you how to install SMPlayer AlmaLinux 9 using one of the two third-party repositories RPM Fusion Free or Flatpak package manager, with the command line terminal.

Update AlmaLinux

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid conflicts.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

Install SMPlayer – RPM Fusion Method

The first installation option is to use RPM Fusion to install the media player. Desktop users with RHEL clones would know this repository well, along with Fedora users, for containing packages that distributions cannot ship by default.

First, enable the CRB repository required for both EPEL and RPM Fusion.



sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled crb

Next, install EPEL using the following (dnf) terminal command.

sudo dnf install \
    https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-9.noarch.rpm \
    https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-next-release-latest-9.noarch.rpm

Next, install the following repositories.

Install/Enable the Free Repository (Required)

sudo dnf install https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/free/el/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %rhel).noarch.rpm -y

Install/Enable the Non-Free Repository (Optional – Not Required)

sudo dnf install https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/el/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %rhel).noarch.rpm -y

Now, install the application.

sudo dnf install smplayer smplayer-themes -y

For users that encounter issues, you likely forgot to import EPEL or possibly did not enable the CRB repository.

Install SMPlayer – Flatpak Method

The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager. Flatpak is installed natively on AlmaLinux, so the installation should be straightforward.

First, re-install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.



sudo dnf install flatpak -y

For users re-installing Flatpak, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues, such as paths not being generated for icons.

reboot

SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.

Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal.

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now install the software using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub info.smplayer.SMPlayer -y

How to Launch SMPlayer

Launching can be done in a few ways now that you have the software installed.

First, the software can be launched using the following command.



smplayer

Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance.

flatpak run info.smplayer.SMPlayer

Most desktop users may elect to use the application icon to open the software, which can be achieved using the following path.

Activities > Show Applications > SMPlayer.

Example:

How to Install SMPlayer on AlmaLinux 9

Once open, you can begin using the multimedia player. For first-time users, I suggest visiting SMPlayers first steps for those who want to explore in-depth about the player or learn additional information you may not know.

Example:



How to Install SMPlayer on AlmaLinux 9

How to Update/Upgrade SMPlayer

The best method to ensure your installation of SMPlayer is up-to-date is to open the command line terminal and run the following command.

sudo dnf update --refresh

The command will also ensure all other packages that use the DNF package manager, including your system packages, are up-to-date. I suggest that users new to Linux run this command frequently to ensure your system works as intended, even if you have automatic GUI updates or notifications.

How to Remove (Uninstall) SMPlayer

Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.

sudo dnf remove smplayer smplayer-themes

Comments and Conclusion

SMPlayer has remained popular for over a decade because it is a powerful media player that supports a wide range of audio and video formats. It also comes with several other features, such as support for subtitles, an equalizer, and a skins system that allows users to customize the player’s look. Best of all, SMPlayer is available for free on Windows, Linux, and macOS. If you’re looking for a media player that is both easy to use and packed with features, then you should try SMPlayer.


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