If you need to play video files and you don’t want to install a full media solution such as XBMC then you can play them directly from the command line using Omxplayer. This is a media player created by Edgar Hucek specifically for the Raspberry Pi and it takes advantage of the Pi’s GPU.
Omxplayer is installed on the latest Raspbian image so you may already have it installed. If not you can install it using :
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get -y install omxplayer
Omxplayer Basic Usage
To play a video file you just need to type :
If you are using HDMI you should use this command to pass audio over the HDMI interface :
omxplayer -o hdmi myvideo.mp4
Other Command Line Options
If you type :
you will be presented with a list of the available command line options :
Usage: omxplayer [OPTIONS] [FILE] Options : -h / --help print this help -n / --aidx index audio stream index : e.g. 1 -o / --adev device audio out device : e.g. hdmi/local -i / --info dump stream format and exit -s / --stats pts and buffer stats -p / --passthrough audio passthrough -d / --deinterlace deinterlacing -w / --hw hw audio decoding -3 / --3d mode switch tv into 3d mode (e.g. SBS/TB) -y / --hdmiclocksync adjust display refresh rate to match video (default) -z / --nohdmiclocksync do not adjust display refresh rate to match video -t / --sid index show subtitle with index -r / --refresh adjust framerate/resolution to video -l / --pos start position (in seconds) --boost-on-downmix boost volume when downmixing --subtitles path external subtitles in UTF-8 srt form at --font path subtitle font (default: /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ freefont/FreeSans.ttf) --font-size size font size as thousandths of screen height (default: 55) --align left/center subtitle alignment (default: left) --lines n number of lines to accommodate in the subtitle buffer (default: 3)
Here are the keyboard shortcuts that you can use to control features within the player :
Space or p Pause/Resume q Exit OMXPlayer z Show Info - Decrease Volume + Increase Volume i Previous Chapter o Next Chapter Left Arrow Seek -30 Right Arrow Seek +30 Down Arrow Seek -600 Up Arrow Seek +600 1 Increase Speed 2 Decrease Speed j Previous Audio stream k Next Audio stream n Previous Subtitle stream m Next Subtitle stream s Toggle subtitles d Subtitle delay -250 ms f Subtitle delay +250 ms
Omxplayer is particularly useful if you are creating videos with the Pi camera module and want to playback the files from the command line.