App spotlight: MX Player for Android plays everything

App spotlight: MX Player for Android plays everything
Labeled simply as "the best way to enjoy your movies", MX Player for Android must be familiar to many of you right now. It's one of those rare apps that get everything 99% right. It has a minimal interface that never gets in the way. It was the first to bring multi-core decoding to Android devices. It controls via pinch-to-zoom, zoom-and-pan fingerstyle gestures. Hardware acceleration makes sure you're getting optimum playing speed. Oh, did we mention subtitle gestures? Put your finger on the screen and swipe upwards, downwards, or to the sides to move text around or get to the previous/next piece of dialogue. How cool is that, and how many players have it?

Format support, you asked? This bad boy comes with codec support for 3gp, avi, divx, f4v, flv, mkv, mp4, mpeg, mov, vob, wmv, webm, xvid, and many more formats. You can even select which decoder should handle which file type by yourself. Subtitle and audio formats are a plenty too - whatever you got, MX plays it. Other cool perks are the Background play feature that lets video files (or just their audio) run in the background while you work with other apps.

MX Player has a free (ad-based) and Pro ($5.70) versions in Google Play. Both are ready to use immediately after install, which means you'll simply load up your movies, tune some playback settings if need to, and enjoy your content.

Developer: J2 InteractiveDownload: Android (Free | Pro)
Category: MultimediaPrice: Free, Paid



1. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

The only video player I use on every android device I own.

10. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Me too! Wish they could add more dark themes like QuickPic did!

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It doesn't play everything, I think VLC is more along those lines. MX has issues with AC3 and some audio encoding. Otherwise it is likely the best player interface wise.

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1570; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

yes...vlc has better codec support...but still MX wins over other things....

13. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

Yeah. VLC over everything. Especially since it's completely free.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Another completely free and ad-free player that play both rmv and acc.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Best one. Keeps getting better and better.

4. talon95

Posts: 1007; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Plays my H265 compressed blurays. Also has support for other codec packs for when native support is allowed due to licensing. Very nice.

5. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

The best MX

6. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I have stopped updating the app after 1.1.32 or something. Because subsequent updates removed the AC3 codecs due to license issues. And VLC is still not stable enough for me, to use as a daily driver app. MX Player still remains the best in its class (if you haven't updated the app in a while).

15. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

You can download a custom codec to restore support in later versions and they're completely stable. Upgrade!

7. rkoforever90

Posts: 487; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

doesnt play sound of video with AC3 audio format.

11. rakmvk

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

The one video player that i am using from 2011 , most of the oems v.player copied features that were avilable on MX player long time ago :D.

12. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Almost perfect. If they manage to add DLNA support, ability to read .mkv chapters and switch subtitle renderer from libass to VSFilter then it will be truly perfect. Of all the mentioned problems, only libass can be a potential deal breaker since subtitles lag if any typesetting is present and it can be annoying.

16. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

no, is not "playing everything"! Regular avi, mpeg, sure, but any other players out there do this as well. MKV - no AC3 - so and so

17. ImQ009

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

It's playing MKV just fine

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