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"all religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. all these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom." albert einstein

snappy has arrived to 1.0

snappy is an open source media player that gathers the power and flexibility of GStreamer inside the comfort of a minimalistic Clutter interface.

The snappy development team is proud to announce it's 1.0 release.
Codename: "I'll be back", Terminator

We think the project has achieved the maturity worthy of a 1.0 release. It does one thing and it does it well.

Some of the changes you will notice are:
  • It’s been given some needed visual polish
  • Playback speed adjustable
  • Video and audio synchronization tweeking
  • Time left of stream viewer
  • Better drag and drop
  • Better media history handling
  • More features accessible from Clutter interface
  • Bug fixes

Features already included from previous releases:
  • Subtitle support
  • Desktop launcher
  • Video and audio synchronization tweeking.
  • Multi-screen full-screen
  • Media queues
  • History of played media
  • Seeking/muting/cycling through languages (audio streams)
  • Frame stepping
  • Much more

Download a tarball: xz
Clone the git repo
Packages in distributions will be updated soon

Thanks to all who helped in snappy's creation!

Disclaimer: No moose were harmed during the making of this release. One got homesick and an other disappeared for days in a Breaking Bad marathon, but that's about it.

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De: Simon Fecha: 2014-03-27 23:54

Snappy name is already occupied by the fast compressor/decompressor of Google.

De: Anónimo Fecha: 2014-03-28 01:18

Does it support subtitle auto-matching download?

De: luisbg Fecha: 2014-03-28 02:23


This has already been considered. The application and the library don't clash.

No, it doesn't. It is a good idea but unfortunately I don't have time for it. Patches welcome :)

De: Anon Fecha: 2014-03-28 04:51

This looks similar to Audience (by the elementary OS guys) and gnome-videos. Have you considered working with one of those projects? Also, have you considered using mpv instead of GStreamer as the backend? Audience and Videos both use GStreamer, but there's no frontend for mpv afaik.

De: Asif Ali Rizvan Fecha: 2014-03-28 06:35

Here's fedora 18/19/20 rpms

Some issues:

1. No open file (only drag and drop)
2. Subtitles not loading (filename.mp4
3. No options/preferences at all?
4. On loading a video resizes to 100% (if 1080p then window becomes too big) - do not resize the window on load
5. timeline and volume are difficult to change with mouse (big annoyance)
6. mouse wheel should do something (increase timeline or volume)

Anyways, snappy is just a basic media player; my rating: 3/10 (no features, just playback capability)

De: 1ko Fecha: 2014-03-28 09:38

"Frame stepping"

Forward AND backward?

De: ferramroberto Fecha: 2014-03-28 09:55

very good :D
congratulations for a job

De: ferrari Fecha: 2014-03-28 10:25

GStreamer? and Clutter? Minimalistic? Sounds good. Sounds perfectly suitabel for mobile and touch...
But I'd still like to use it on my "home computer" and handle it via Keyboard like VLC media player:
Very short jump = Shift+←
Short jump = Alt+←
Medium jump = Ctrl+←
Long jump = Ctrl+Shift+←

GNOME Videos aka Totem has been design by GUI-naz.. and they don't allow that.

De: luisbg Fecha: 2014-03-28 20:21

Asif, number 6 is in my ToDo list. Number 1 is meant to be done from your file browser, set snappy as default video player or right click "open with".

1ko, forward and backward yes. Although, have in mind that some video formats are not very happy with backward frame stepping.

ferramroberto, thanks!

ferrari, you can see the keyboard controls in docs/keyboard_controls.

I can add more keyboard controls if you'd like. Plus I have been considering making these keyboard shortcuts configurable (loaded from a config file).

De: ferrari Fecha: 2014-03-29 12:09

@luisb: if it does not contradict existing keyboard control pardigms, please!

@all: wasn't there a pop-up window in the GNOME Shell to show some of the basic key-bindings?
is there a widget for this? Only few people want to read the GNOME help to find out the keybindings. A quick pop-up could prove useful.

@all: how do I compile the snappy? (

"make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop."

De: Kelly Clowers Fecha: 2014-03-30 20:23

Hi, thanks a lot for this, I have been wanting a player that combines the mplayer-style interface with GST. I was worried I would have to learn enough programming to do it myself.

I compiled it fine, and it works, but it seems to crash either the first or second time you do a skip (testing file is h264, aac, mkv, works fine on multiple other media players):

** (snappy:13526): CRITICAL **: gst_video_codec_frame_ref: assertion 'frame != NULL' failed
Segmentation fault

I am not sure how to do a debug build, or what else I may need to do, but I will be glad to do it if I can get some pointers. (gstreamer debug packages installed already)

This is on Debian Sid AMD64, gstreamer 1.2.3, gstreamer1.0-clutter 2.0.8-1+b1, gcc 4.8

De: luisbg Fecha: 2014-03-30 21:32

ferrari, you need to run ./configure first.

Kelly, can you please report it in gnome's bugzilla and we can follow/fix it there?

De: Antonio Fecha: 2014-03-31 16:45

Snappy-player 1.0 is on Fedora 19/20 updates-testing repos. Please, try it and leave a karma.

De: Kelly Clowers Fecha: 2014-03-31 22:50

Ah, I was getting it all written up and testing different files, but then I thought to test another gst player (Totem) and it has the same exact issue. So gstreamer bug, it looks like.

De: luisbg Fecha: 2014-04-01 19:01

Kelly, thanks for letting me know! Report the bug in GStreamer's bugzilla please.

De: Ciprian Fecha: 2014-11-04 17:31


I see in your screen shot above a subtitles button. Can I get that? My installed version is 1.0-1~webupd8~trusty

De: Felipe Martins Fecha: 2015-10-05 00:57

Hey, Luis!

I've just made a pull request for auto detecting/loading subtitles:

De: clicker heroes Fecha: 2018-05-17 11:19

Great video!!

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