This -geometry 256x144+1095+600 work to show video in rigth bottom:

mplayer -ontop -noborder -geometry 256x144+1095+600 -loop 0 -idle -fixed-vo -msglevel all=-1 2>/dev/null video.mp4

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But this one (-vo caca) always stay in same position with same width and height regardless of -geometry any_value:

mplayer -vo caca -ontop -noborder -geometry 256x144+1095+600 -loop 0 -idle -fixed-vo -msglevel all=-1 2>/dev/null video.mp4

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My ultimate goal is display it in virtual console, so i wanted to know the equivalent format of -geometry for -vo caca. (It could be nice to know -vo fbdev too :)


Not all videodrivers in mplayer support the option -geometry.

I solved it for me with xfce4-terminal.

I had to export a Variable in .bashrc


I start mplayer xfce4-terminal --geometry=+0+0 --hide-menubar --hide-toolbar --hide-borders -e "mplayer -vo caca -quiet Avatar.mp4" &

xfce4-terminal starts so left side top.

enter image description here Is this something you are looking for?

Sorry, I can not better explain in englisch.


  • I'm not sure why but it doesn't play in virtual konsole (Ctrl+Shift+N). And i can't make it always-on-top on gnome(I know it's not important because what's the point i use -vo caca while i already can access gnome) – 林果皞 Oct 29 '16 at 15:38
  • the Option -vo fbdev supported -geometry. It depends on the Modul for your graphics. lspci -nnk | grep "VGA\|'Kern'\|3D\|Display" -A2 But you mußt have the device /dev/fb0 or you get this message Can't open /dev/fb0: No such file or directory and you hear only audio-stream. I have only a german Link as source. – user192526 Oct 29 '16 at 16:37

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