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Retirement Notice

MPlayer OSX Extended has been retired and won't receive any future updates.

After development of MPlayer OSX Extended has been slow for many years and development of the underlying MPlayer project has moved on to mpv, I have decided that it doesn't make sense to invest more time into this project.

Consider using one of the following alternatives for video playback on macOS:

  • IINA: Great UI for mpv
  • mpv: Has its own UI but is a bit cryptic
  • VLC: Feature-packed but clunky interface

MPlayer OSX Extended


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Build Instructions

The project can be built using either XCode 3 or 4. Make sure you've got the dependencies below and then you should be able to compile MPE directly with XCode.



MPE requires my Sparkle Fork. It adds updating separate bundles without a restart, used in MPE for updating its binary bundles with Sparkle.

Fontconfig & Freetype

It's best to use the same Fontconfig and Freetype versions as used in the binary bundle. The default setup links to the libraries inside the mpextended.mpBinaries bundle in the binaries folder. The easiest way to get that is download the latest (test) version of MPE and extracting the binary bundle form "MPlayer OSX".

Note: I've reorganized the bundle after the FFMpeg-MT merge and haven't released a test version with it yet. For now it's probably best to link to the system Fontconfig and Freetype libraries.


On Lion use the system's libiconv.2. On Snow Leopard the system's libiconv.2 is not new enough (Version 8 is required) so install libiconv using for example homebrew or macports, then link to it.


MPlayer OSX Extended video player for Mac. Continuation of original MPlayer OSX project, using MPlayer command line as backend.




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