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I am using the Ubuntu system and I want to install mplayer for my own use only. Can I install it without the superuser (root) rights?

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You can download the package and extract all the files to your $HOME directory, but you have to configure it yourself.

apt-get download mplayer2
dpkg --extract mplayer2*.deb $HOME
ls -l $HOME/usr/bin/mplayer

So you have to set up your path to where mplayer is located or if you already have $HOME/bin, you can put it there.

To add the path:

echo 'export PATH=$HOME/usr/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bashrc
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yes it should be possible.

In theory, you can symlink the mplayer binary file to the bin directory which would make it accessible throughout your user account.

Steps:

  1. Download the zip file of mplayer, say, mplayer-20170705.zip
  2. Launch a terminal window and run cd $HOME to change directory to $HOME.
  3. Extract the zip file using unzip mplayer-20170705.zip.
  4. Symlink the mplayer binary to $HOME/bin/ using ln -s $HOME/mplayer-20170705/mplayer $HOME/bin/
  5. Test mplayer using mplayer on the terminal. The mplayer window should open.

Note: I highly recommend getting mpv player which is fork on mplayer and is updated regularly. You can find it in Github.

  • Not everyone has ~/bin in their path. – Henrik Jul 5 '17 at 6:12
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    @Henrik since this is Ubuntu, the default ~/.profile adds ~/bin to the PATH if it exists. – muru Jul 5 '17 at 6:18

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