I'm looking for a media player, that:

  • Is gratis and open-source
  • Is available for at least Windows
  • Can stream media from a SFTP server
  • Supports all file formats that MPV supports
  • Smoothly plays media, unlike VLC

Hardware accelerated rendering is nice to have.

  • did you tried vlc? Commented Nov 12, 2016 at 22:14
  • @MohamedSlama: VLC can't smoothly play media, at least not on my Windows laptop…
    – wb9688
    Commented Nov 12, 2016 at 22:32
  • @wb9688 specs of PC?
    – DankyNanky
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 3:52
  • @MichealNancarrow: My Windows laptop has an Intel Celeron N2840 and 4GB RAM, btw VLC can't smoothly play local media either, but Baka-MPlayer, which is using MPV, can smoothly play local media…
    – wb9688
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 6:33
  • Very similar to softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/36467/…
    – user416
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 16:53

2 Answers 2


Try with kodi, it works for me: http://kodi.wiki/view/SFTP

You can also use http://www.expandrive.com/ and you will able to open the files(videos etc) like if they are on your HDD


I would suggest downloading and installing the latest FFMPEG for your machine - this includes FFPLAY which supports just about every protocol known and just about every file format known.

  • Gratis & Open Source
  • Windows and just about everything else
  • Can stream from just about anywhere
  • I have yet to find a format that it can't play (other than damaged files)
  • Smooth yes subject to the points below
  • HW Accelerated? It depends on the combination of your platform, OS, avaialable graphics hardware and the codec that you are playing.

If it still will not play smoothly, (Quite possible if VLC doesn't), then consider whether the issue might be one of:

  • Your network
  • Your machine
  • Pesky anti-virus or other background software
  • Server limitations
  • The Windows build doesn't contain SFTP support as I'm getting the following error: sftp://username:password@hostname/path/to/video.mkv: Protocol not found
    – wb9688
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 6:55
  • Btw it can't be my network, my laptop nor my server, because it works fine when I boot from a Linux live USB and play it in MPV, also it can't be background software, because it's a clean Windows 10 install with only Firefox and Office 2016…
    – wb9688
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 9:41
  • A "clean" Windows 10 install is anything but you will have a lot of background services running - e.g. Cortana permanently listening to your microphone and a pile of other things that are turned on by default. Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 10:07
  • Cortana isn't available here, so that isn't running, btw my CPU usage is only 2% when I've no program open, so that shouldn't be a problem, but is there a FFmpeg build for Windows with SFTP support?
    – wb9688
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 10:43
  • I have had no luck finding a pre-built one - there are comprehensive instructions for building it for yourself but it depends on the amount of time you are ready to devote to it. Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 13:56

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