The default "pseudo-gui" of the MPV video player after version 0.21.

Old look:

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new look:

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The most striking change is the absence of the buttons for a 10 seconds back-forth seek. I suppose they removed those because the mouse wheel is the default way to seek back & forth; only, that function can be changed (in ~/.config/mpv/input.conf, more here): for example, I use mouse-wheel to change the volume. Also, the old buttons were bigger and therefore easier to use.

Is there a way to go back to the old interface?

This question is posted in order to provide an answer.


According to the mpv FAQ ~ HERE:

Create a lua-settings/osc.conf text file inside mpv’s configuration directory (that is: ~/.config/mpv/lua-settings/osc.conf) with these lines:


Other options for the on-screen-display - here.

UPDATE regarding newer versions:

~ In relation with this question: What is the location of the settings-file for the MPV on-screen-controller in newer version (2:0.29.1+git11~bionic) and its answer.

In newer versions the location for that file has changed: instead of ~/.config/mpv/lua-settings/osc.conf, it should be ~/.config/mpv/script-opts/osc.conf. Some options are deprecated (e.g. seekbarstyle=slider; change that to bar, diamond or knob). More details at https://mpv.io/manual/master/#config-syntax.

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  • by the way, both the question and the answer have been created by me under the same username; only I have at some point deleted that username only to change my mind and re-create it again. Those older posts are signed now by user32012. – cipricus Sep 27 '19 at 11:26

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