12 IMDB Userscripts

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 4, 2009
Updated • Apr 10, 2014
Firefox, userscripts, Video

Userscripts come in handy in many different situations. They really shine when it comes to adding, changing or removing features on websites. Probably the most popular way to use userscripts is by installing the Firefox add-on Greasemonkey.

IMDB, the Internet Movie Database, is one of the most popular movie review and information websites. A search on the userscript,org website reveals more than 300 different scripts for the IMDB website. The following article contains a selection of the most interesting IMDB userscripts that are currently available.

Update: Please note that several of the scripts mentioned below have not been updated in a while. We have removed those that are not working anymore as it makes no sense to keep them up.

Here is a small selection of scripts that still work as of day (April 2014)

  1. IMDb Show Metacritic Metascore displays the Metascore of the movie.
  2. Mouseover Popup Image Viewer displays larger versions of the image you are hovering over on the same page.
  3. KG IMDb Search adds various search options to the top of profile pages on IMDb.

The Movie Dude (no longer working)

imdb movie dude

Probably the most popular IMDB userscript. It displays additional links to subtitles, torrent websites and file hosts. Movie Dude puts up links to other movie review sites in the header of each individual movie on IDMB. This is great for cross-referencing movies. Supported are more than 30 different movie sites with the possibility to customize the display so that only the desired sites show up on IMDB.

IMDB Age (no longer working)

imdb age

Adds the age of the actor next to the movies they appeared in. Useful features for visitors who often look at artist's filmography on IMDB.

IMDb Image Deblocker (no longer working)

Some images on IMDB are blocked by a transparent gif which makes it impossible to save them using the usual right-click save-as dialog. This userscript removes those transparent images.

IMDB enlarge actor pictures on hover (no longer working)

imdb images

Displays a bigger image of an actor on IMDB when hovering the mouse over the thumbnail.

IMDB Weaver (no longer working)

imdb weaver

Adds two options to the movie pages on IMDB. The first is to display the actual age of the actors of the movie, the second to perform some research on those actors.

Google Images in IMDb (no longer working)

imdb google images

Adds links to Google Images which open in a new tab in the web browser.

IMDB enlarge (no longer working)

imdb large images

Will display the large image of images on IMDB when hovering over an image thumbnail.

Remove Ads (no longer working)

Removes some of the advertisement on IMDB.

Netflix Links in IMDB (link)

Adds links to Netflix on IMDB movie pages.

IMDB Ratings (no longer working)

imdb ratings

Adds movie ratings to search result pages on IMDB.

IMDb Movie Collection Manager (link)

my imdb

Very helpful userscript for registered users who manage their movie collection on IMDB. Offers options to quickly add movies to the movie collection, highlight those movies and multiple other interesting features.


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  1. Leo said on July 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    As much as I like mpv.net, it’s a hassle to configure and customize. Sticking with mpc-be for now although MPV.net playback performance is second to none.

    1. owl said on July 28, 2019 at 2:14 am

      You seem to misunderstand the topic.
      This topic is about “mpv”.

      “Mpv.net” is a frontend product that provides its GUI (Graphical User Interface).
      Windows player similar to the “mpv”, with context menu, settings dialog, key map editor and support for C# and Python extensions.
      mpv.net media player |
      GitHub – stax76/mpv.net: 🎞 mpv.net is a modern media player for Windows that works just like mpv. |

      By the way, I have been a long-time user of VLC and MPC-BE.
      Recently, I found “mpv.net” at ghacks.net and I am trying it out. I have good feeling on mpv.net and I like it.
      A look at mpv.net, a mpv frontend with Everything integration – gHacks Tech News |

  2. Anonymous said on July 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    UI is a HUGE part of what makes a program liked by many. Not everyone is interested in Vim-ming every facet of their life.

    This will forever be a niche player for a very specific subset of people.

    1. Anonymous said on July 28, 2019 at 5:51 am

      mpv is a popular project, but it’s unknown among end-users.

  3. fcrs said on July 27, 2019 at 2:51 pm
    1. dark said on July 27, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      SMPlayer is a GUI front-end for MPV.


    2. dark said on July 27, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      Another one is MPC-QT which is similar to MPC-HC/BE. You will have to compile it though.


  4. Gerard said on July 27, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    mpv is a fork of MPlayer. SMPlayer is a graphical font-end for both MPlayer and mpv; users can select either one in the preferences. I can’t see a reason to use mpv without this user-friendly, highly customizable and cross-platform front-end.

  5. Dilly Dilly said on July 27, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I could launch mpc-be and do all these adjustments along with dozens of others within seconds using the convenience of its UI. imo the only thing that could make mpc-be better would be to update its ui to match modern OS, oh and port it to Linux!

  6. ULBoom said on July 28, 2019 at 3:18 am

    I wish there was a version of MPC with thumbnail navigation previews, color management and a contrast/brightness/sat/hue context menu that wasn’t buried. Neither MPC-HC nor BE hit all three.

    I continue to use PotPlayer; VLC is equivalent but the cone is creepy. They both can be customized tremendously.

    Can’t see a reason to use any media player without a GUI. SMPlayer works well, the best mpv version I’ve used. Stock mpv or MPV.net work fine but the inconvenience is a deal killer.

    Windows Media Player had color controls that could be added to the bottom of the frame, why they aren’t features in every media player, IDK. Vids are all different, some are unwatchable without some tweaking.

    1. schrodingecat said on July 28, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      mpv(and by consequence mpv.net) are already better than potplayer. They are more customizable, more powerful, and extendable. They do what they are meant to which is play/open media files(images, audio and videos). Just because you don’t have a GUI for all the settings, does not mean it’s less functional. mpv is meant to be minimalist by design.

      1. ULBoom said on July 29, 2019 at 9:03 pm


        Really? Not having a GUI absolutely makes mpv less useable. I never said it was less capable. Yeah, it’s pretty clear it’s a great minimalist niche product.

      2. schrodingercat said on July 30, 2019 at 7:15 pm

        mpv has a pseudo-GUI called on-screen-controller, which is meant to make interaction with player easier for new users. mpv.net goes further ahead and provides a GUI for input and configurations. In the end, the things that actually matter first are playback quality, subtitle rendering and resource usage.

  7. Dr Know said on July 28, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Or just use Potplayer which has proper (and full) customisation.
    No player comes close at the moment (VLC is a few gens behind as usual)

    That said it’s a decent front end for mpv – just lacking against what the best can do

    1. schrodingercat said on July 28, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      mpv.net is not lacking. On the contrary, it is more ahead than potplayer and vlc. Try learning on how to use it, before you judge it cause it does not have the clicky GUI you see on the other two players. You will be surprised that using mouse and keyboard shortcuts is the way to go. mpv also has lots of customization. There are guides on the Internet showing what you can achieve by just copying files and/or lines of text.

      1. Dr Know said on July 28, 2019 at 11:52 pm

        I have a customised version of Potplayer with many keybinds I find useful.

        Having to trawl through guides to do things is not a good user experience.

        There’s good reasons why GUIs are popular.

      2. schrodingercat said on July 29, 2019 at 1:09 pm

        mpv is a good user experience as you want it to be. The media player is meant to be minimalist by design while being extremely functional. mpv.net even has a GUI to modify the keybindings.

  8. TINO said on July 29, 2019 at 10:46 am

    How do I disable the volume bar but keep seeing it in the top left corner? https://imgur.com/a/2UkUMBZ

    1. schrodingercat said on July 29, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      Just copy & paste no-osd-bar in the mpv.conf

      1. TINO said on July 29, 2019 at 9:38 pm

        Thank you!

  9. Man said on July 29, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Just so you know, you don’t need the portable_config folder at all, just put the mpv.conf and/or input.conf file in the root folder next to mpv.exe

  10. owl said on July 30, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Your comments are very useful.
    In the official FAQ the unknown usage (practical) is complemented by your comment.
    I just got to know mpv.net and “mpv” recently, so it’s very helpful.
    At the same time, I also noticed the features of the original (mpv).
    I thank you.

    Please also comment on other Tips (useful techniques) that we should know.

    1. schrodingercat said on July 30, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      Since you asked. Learn how the settings in mpv(or mpv.net) work by using them. My advise is to try slowly changing the configuration. Most of the settings people use are already available in the mpv.net config editor. Though there are things that are not available in the GUI, and you will be required to edit the mpv.conf and input.conf with a text editor. Always use the manual if you want to know more in depth on how things in mpv work. Use google for anything related to mpv, if you don’t understand the manual. If you want something simple, but don’t know how to achieve it, ask for help in a forum.


      Basic high quality video output profile:

      profile = gpu-hq (goes into mpv.conf)

      Tips & Tricks:

      Discussion and third-party support:

      1. owl said on July 30, 2019 at 11:51 pm

        It is very helpful because the reference point for that is clear.
        Thank you very much!

      2. owl said on August 2, 2019 at 3:22 am

        In response to your comment (Tips & Tricks, etc), I have posted a review about “mpv.net” on a portal site introducing free software in Japan.

        Postscript in the user reviews – freesoft100 |
        Evaluation and usage of mpv.net – freesoft100 |

  11. MeH said on August 7, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    The best and most powerful media player on earth is K-Lite Codec Pack (Mega) (Its embeded player is MPC-HC). Other great ones are PotPlayer and SMPlayer. And VLC is too well known to ignore 😉

    1. cibo said on July 30, 2020 at 7:51 pm

      I like MPV the best. Everything I need to do can be done by key binds. No clicking through menus.

  12. Anonymous said on June 14, 2020 at 2:32 am

    i want change spect ratio ? how

    1. harvir said on March 13, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      edit file mpv.conf then type

      reference = https://mpv.io/manual/master/#options-video-aspect-override

  13. Urajmal said on November 11, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Is it possible to open a file, with other words, to load a file at the startup with a command in config?


    1. harvir said on March 13, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      yes open with Notepad run as administrator

  14. Anonymous said on July 20, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you, this helped me with a problem I had with mpv adhering to my OS’s DPI scaling options. I was able to add an exception to the .conf file and now mpv displays my video files in their native resolution

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