Haruna Video Player : Another feature rich MPV frontend.

Haruna Video Player Another Frontend For MPV

Haruna Video player is an open-source video player for Linux which uses the MPV media player at its backend. It attempts to provide n Interactive GUI for those users who do not want to learn keyboard shortcuts or go through customizations and optimizations using the config files.

Interface Of The Video Player
Interface Of The Video Player

Haruna Video Player is based on the Qt framework and can act as a viable replacement for the Celluloid Media Player since both use the MPV backend. In this tutorial, we will look at some of the features this application offers as well as look at the customizations it offers and learns how to install this application on your system.

Features of Haruna Video Player

Some of the features of Haruna video player are mentioned below:

  • Similar to MPV player, it can play videos directly from YouTube URLs
  • Playlist support for multiple media playbacks.
  • You can blacklist some of the unwanted words and Haruna video player will skip it automatically using the media’s subtitle.
  • You can also customize the Interface as per your preference.
  • Hardware decoding is supported so that you have a longer battery life.
  • Just like MPV, there are a lot of Keyboard shortcuts available which you can take advantage of, if you want to.
You Can Configure Keyboard Shortcuts
You Can Configure Keyboard Shortcuts
  • You can also customize your shortcuts, as well as set what mouse buttons do.
  • You can also add Multiple subtitles in a video (an advantage for Language Learners).
  • While watching YouTube videos, you can also change the resolution as you need.
  • The color adjustment feature is also available, and you can tweak it so that the media looks good on your screen.
  • You can even add custom commands to run whenever you press any key inside the player.

Installing Haruna Video Player on Linux

Haruna Video Player is only available as a Flatpak package unless you use any Arch Linux-based distribution, then you can directly install it from the Arch User Repository using any AUR helper such as Yay or PARU:

# For Yay users:
yay -S haruna-git

# For Paru users:
paru -S haruna-git

On Any other Linux distribution, you can install Haruna Video Player from FLathub by typing:

flatpak install flathub org.kde.haruna
Installing Haruna Video Player Through Flathub
Installing Haruna Video Player Through Flathub

You can also install the Beta version of Haruna Video Player if you want by typing:

flatpak remote-add flathub-beta https://flathub.org/beta-repo/flathub-beta.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub-beta org.kde.haruna
flatpak run --branch=beta org.kde.haruna

Also read: How to set up and enable Flatpaks on Linux


Haruna Video Player can act as a perfect Video player for people who want to migrate away from VLC media players and towards MPV players, as the latter offers better quality while playing high-quality media. I hope the developers of Haruna Video Player will migrate away from the Youtube-DL project to yt-dlp for online media playback, as yt-dlp is actively maintained and Youtube-dl seems to be abandoned.