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SMPlayer Portable

SMPlayer is one of the two media players that I'm using all the time on my Windows system (the other is VLC Media Player). You are probably wondering why two players and not just one: well, both have their advantages, that's why.

You can download SMPlayer from the official website of the project.

What some may not know is that downloads are provided there for a Windows installer, which will install the player on the system, but also for a portable version for 32-bit or 64-bit versions of the operating system which you can also download from the official site.

Just visit the downloads page on the website and click on the "see more packages" button in the Windows group.

All alternative packages are displayed to you including the portable versions.

Note: The portable versions of SMPlayer are packed with 7-zip. You need a program that is capable of extracting 7z files to unpack the player on your system.

One advantage of the portable version is that it does not come with third-party offers. While you can also download a setup version without offers, it is easier to distinguish this way.

The portable version of SMPlayer won't associate any files with it automatically. It is still possible to do so, but you need to associate the file types manually with the player by right-clicking on them in windows and select a different "open with" provider.

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The player works for the most part just like the regular version. It supports all different video and audio codecs out of the box so that you do not have to go "codec-hunting" to find appropriate codecs for your media files before you can play them.

There are however a couple of difference. One that I have already mentioned is that the player won't associate with any media file type as it is not installed.

The differences between the portable and installation version are the following:

  • The ini will be written to the SMPlayer folder
  • Nothing is written to the Windows Registry
  • Default Home folders are not created. Screenshot folder for instance would have to be created separately in the root directory and a path would have to be edited in SMplayer
  • No File associations

The main use would be to put the portable version on a stick and use it on computers that do not allow installations and only come with Media Player installed. It can also be useful to keep a PC clean by preferring not to install software on it but to run it right away from any location it is placed in.

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    Comments

    1. caschy said on August 20, 2008 at 7:19 pm
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      SMPlayer is portable by default…i’ve use my own version since one year…

    2. OixD said on August 20, 2008 at 7:43 pm
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      another player based on MPalyer is Dziobas Rar Player. No need for codecs and you can play movies from RAR arcivs :D

      http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Other-VIDEO-Tools/Dziobas-Rar-Player.shtml

    3. Gemini said on August 20, 2008 at 9:59 pm
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      “I had to install 7-zip to unpack the package, not sure if there are other packers that support the 7z format by now.”

      WinRAR can handle them just fine to extract.

    4. gokudomatic said on August 20, 2008 at 10:25 pm
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      SMPlayer is portable by default? cool! it’s truly one of the best players with gui, along with VLC (when smplayer is messing up with subtitles).

    5. Bill said on August 20, 2008 at 10:30 pm
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      “I had to install 7-zip to unpack the package, not sure if there are other packers that support the 7z format by now.”

      For an unpacker, I use IZArc. It had no problem unpacking the SmPlayer .7z format.

      Thanks for your article. Because of it, I’m trying out smplayer now and so far I’m liking it.

    6. Martin said on August 20, 2008 at 11:29 pm
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      The normal SMPlayer is adding entries to the Registry.

      I’m using Exctract Now and have not used those full archivers in the last months :) So, I had to install 7-zip to unpack the file, hehe.

    7. Bruno said on August 20, 2008 at 11:54 pm
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      “WinRAR can handle them just fine to extract”,
      I was a winrar’s fan too, but…7-zip unpack perfectly rar ;o), it’s free and open source, 7-zip unpack many “setup.exe” so you don’t need to install softwares to try them (+ with sandboxie, it’s perfect), 7-zip unpack iso images so you don’t need to burn them or to play with a software like isobuster, and much more… my 2c, it’s a great software and a “must have” for usenet’s fans.
      thx for this smplayer portable, i’m trying it.

    8. USBman said on August 21, 2008 at 12:11 am
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      Speaking of portable and 7zip (and wonderful compression option), check out 7-Zip Portable or Portable PeaZip. That way, should you decide not to install 7-zip (or comparable), you can simply run the software without actually installing anything.

      …and for that matter, you may want to check out MPlayer Portable and/or VLC Portable.

    9. garbanzo said on August 21, 2008 at 11:37 am
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      universal extractor is a good app to have when you need to extract odd formats. it even unpacks msi, inno, and other installers, which is very handy!

      http://legroom.net/software/uniextract

      also, portablefreeware is a fantastic website for finding portable apps. it’s the first place i look when i need a tool.

    10. David said on August 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm
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      “I had to install 7-zip to unpack the package, not sure if there are other packers that support the 7z format by now.”

      I use 7-zip for my everyday needs, but will occaisonally use the free ALZip if it is an unusual format (ALZip handles 7z and 35 others).

      http://www.altools.com/ALTools/ALZip.aspx

    11. Rarst said on August 21, 2008 at 6:08 pm
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      >universal extractor is a good app to have when you need to extract odd formats. it even unpacks msi, inno, and other installers, which is very handy!

      App is great but unmaintained which sucks a lot in this case. Especially for inno updates -usualy are not backwards compatible. I must go and search for latest version of innounp to patch it into Universal Extractor… Some other issues from same reasons so I cut down my use of prog in favor of other apps.

    12. DaVince said on July 19, 2009 at 2:26 am
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      “The normal SMPlayer is adding entries to the Registry.”

      It does? SMPlayer originally came from Linux, which doesn’t have a registry, so I’d expect it to make a folder for its saved data inside the Application Data folder instead…

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