I want to view some videos in .mp4 format using Kali Linux. Before I dedicate the time and bandwidth for downloading, I would like to know if Kali offers a decent video player.

I would prefer if it's already installed since I would be using a Live USB without persistence. If I need to use persistence, that is fine.

The player needs to be able to smoothly play files around 400-550Mb, HD 1080p, 30fps, MP4 format.

Thanks in advance!

Note: If I must download a player, I would prefer not to use VLC but am willing to adapt.

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VLC isn’t just a media player — it's a complete Swiss Army Knife for digital videos and music, and that's why VLC is installed in Kali Linux 2.0 by default. For people who didn't find it just type:

sudo apt-get install vlc  

You can also start vlc in minimized form without all of its usual menus and buttons using the following command. Open the terminal and type:

cvlc <path/to/video/file>  

...where for <path/to/video/file> substitute the full path to the video file that you want to play. The video file will start to play automatically.

cvlc is already installed with VLC in Kali Linux 2.0 by default. In addition to the default vlc skin, the following other skins are also installed with vlc: qvlc, svlc, nvlc, rvlc, cvlc

  • Is there no other player on Kali? It's great to hear that Kali has VLC pre installed, but I wouldn't need to use all the bells and whistles. My biggest issue I have with VLC is the clunkiness I find in it and the interface (I'm a little picky ;D ). +1 for letting me know it's installed
    – tycrek
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 5:22
  • try cvlc ... what is clunkieness? Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 7:41
  • @user1133275 I haven't even heard of cvlc until now; it looks pretty good. I'm used to command line video players since I use Raspbian on a Raspberry Pi. By clunkiness I mean that the interface just looks "crowded" if that makes sense. So, cvlc would be perfect. Is it already installed with vlc or is it a download?
    – tycrek
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 16:01

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