Play with MPV

Play with MPV

Sends videos in pages like youtube to an external MPV player

Play with MPV
What is Play with MPV?
'Play with MPV' is a Chrome extension coupled with a Python server facilitating web video playback in the MPV player. This can be done by right-clicking links/pages or using Ctrl+Space. The extension uses youtube-dl, making it compatible with nearly every website. Installation necessitates several steps including installing MPV, Python, the extension itself and the server.
By: Thann
Users: 5,000+
Rating: 4.35 (26)
Version: 0.1.0 (Last updated: 2020-05-01)
Creation date: 2020-05-01
Risk impact: Low risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
  • storage
  • activeTab
  • contextMenus
  • http://localhost/
Size: 22.27K
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Chrome extension and python server that allows you to play videos in webpages with MPV instead. Right-click links and pages to play videos in MPV. (Or Ctrl+Space) Works on nearly every website thanks to youtube-dl.

Requires several dependencies, see website for more info.

  1. Install MPV
  2. Install Python 2 or 3 and pip
  3. Install this chrome extension
  4. Install server: pip install git+git:// --user
  5. Run server: play-with-mpv from the terminal or use linux shortcut
  6. (optional) Autostart on linux: cp ~/.local/share/applications/ ~/.config/autostart/
User reviews
User reviews summary
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  • Allows for using MPV for media playback in Chrome
  • Reduces CPU usage for video playback
  • Can work on systems where graphics acceleration does not work well in the browser
  • Solves the issue of having to paste video links into terminal for MPV playback
  • Initial setup can be difficult for non-git users
  • Some users experienced errors during installation
  • No instructions on how to run the server after installation
Most mentioned
  • Excellent work on Ubuntu 20.04
  • Love for MPV and youtube-dl
  • Desire for automatic server launch without terminal
  • Request for right-click menu integration
Recent reviews
Отлично работает!!!
by Vyacheslav S Vyacheslav S, 2024-04-20

Briliant! I love you! Love mpv and love youtube-dl! I love smart people! It resurrected my old laptop from the heavy and unsupported with VAAPI browsers. Moreover, it gives possibility to dirrect to the local network where the server is preinstalled and run mpv(SMplayer) with dedicated Raspberry Pi and a big screen for example. Why do I need to use bloatwared Chromecast further ... Wish you good health, happiness and success in your future endeavours!
by Jaroslav P. Jaroslav P., 2021-01-06

Works perfect But the initial setup can be a lil problematic. Someone who isn't using git will get stuck at step #4. Without git installed: 1. Install MPV 2. Install python 3. Install chrome extension 4. Go to and download everthing by pressing "Code" [Green button] -> "Download ZIP" 5. Extract everything 6. Start server by running "" 7. Reload any website for media playback / Restart browser The chrome extension has to be configured as well... Configure the plugin: 1. Open the extension settings 2. Select desired resolution 3. Enter the given server location by "" (for example http://localhost:7531) 4. Enter in "MPV Arguments" --force-window (It didn't show a media window without it) Any media will be relayed to the server when pressing the extension button and the mpv media window should appear with it shortly after...
by Valandil Minyatur Valandil Minyatur, 2023-09-15
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Risk impact

Play with MPV is relatively safe to use as it requires very minimum permissions.

Risk likelihood

Play with MPV has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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