How to Install SMPlayer on Debian 11 Bullseye

SMPlayer is free, open-source software that can be used on any operating system. It has been localized in more than 30 languages, making it easy to enjoy your favorite videos no matter what language(s) are spoken around them! A front end called SMplayer offers graphics tools from Mpv (a forks version), along with its interface widgets provided by qt. This player also falls under the terms given out through GPL v2 or later versions which ensures freedom while providing access via financial means if desired so long as copyright restrictions aren’t violated during use. The best media players are also portable, so you can carry them around on a USB drive and use them without leaving traces behind. SMPlayer is worth trying for this reason alone!

The following tutorial will teach you how to install SMPlayer Debian 11 Bullseye using a third-party repository with the command line terminal.

Update Debian

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

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install SMPlayer – APT PPA Method

The best APT package manager method is to import and install the third-party repository maintained by Alexander Pozdnyakov.

First, install the following packages.

sudo apt install dirmngr ca-certificates software-properties-common gnupg gnupg2 apt-transport-https curl -y

The next task is to import the GPG key to verify the authenticity of the repositories packages.

curl -fsSL | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/alexp_key.gpg > /dev/null

Run the following command to import the repository.

echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/alexp_key.gpg] bullseye main' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/alexp.list

Before you continue, run an APT update to reflect the newly imported PPA.

sudo apt update

Now install the application.

sudo apt-get install smplayer smplayer-themes -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.


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.


How to Install SMPlayer on Debian 11 BullseyePin

Once open, you can begin using the multimedia player. 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.

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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 apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade

The command will also ensure all other packages that use the APT 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 apt autoremove smplayer smplayer-themes -y

Next, you should remove the imported repository for users who will not use the software again.

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/alexp.list

Do not remove the repository if you have installed other applications from this repository. If you accidentally do, re-import it using the command and the start of the tutorial.

Comments and Conclusion

If you’re looking for a great, free media player that is available on any operating system and has been localized in dozens of languages, SMPlayer is an excellent option. SMplayer offers additional features and graphics tools, and it’s portable, so you can take it wherever you go. Give it a try today!

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