Bangarang – a media player

December 14, 2010

Bangarang 2.0 beta

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — jamboarder @ 11:03 am

I’m happy to announce the first beta of Bangarang 2.0.  Below is a short list of the new features since 1.0:

  • New Info View sidebar that provides helpful information currently selected items:
    • Recently played, highest rated and frequently played
    • Info Fetching support for artists, movies, actors, directors, etc.
    • Integrated metadata editing.
  • Support for audio and video feeds
  • Revamped filesystem media list browsing
  • Nepomuk tag media list browsing
  • Media lists (including playlist) filter
  • MPRIS support
  • Bookmarks
  • Audio equalizer
  • Shortcuts support
  • Subtitles support
  • Improved DVD support
  • A diversity of new and exciting bugs… 😉

Bangarang 2.0 beta can be downloaded from  Interested packagers can get the source tarball from here.

Bugs can be reported here.  Bugfixes patches/merge requests are VERY welcome!

If you would like to help – yes, I would really like your help – feel free to visit the project development home or the mailing list.

Thanks and much respect to fellow code wrangler Stefan and our stalwart bug reporters Elias and Jay.




  1. I am still asking myself why do you open source people always have to implement and create everything over and over again? There‘s Dragon Player, there‘s this player, there‘s this, there‘s that. There‘s KDE, there‘s Gnome, there‘s XFCE. There‘s GTK, there‘s Qt. There‘s whatever. Why cannot you at least merge projects that are similar, like Dragon Player and this play? I can understand that there are serveral graphical interfaces but why have two or more minimalistic players?

    Comment by BajK — December 14, 2010 @ 11:56 am

    • The answer is rather simple: “Open source people” work on whatever they feel motivated to work on.

      As for the “closed source people”, last I checked there were oodles of “closed source people” duplicating oodles of other “closed source people’s” media players, email programs, etc. Maybe we’re not so different after all… 🙂

      Comment by jamboarder — December 14, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    • Well, you present it as a disadvantage of open source software. I see it as an advantage. There are multiple projects that allow the user to _decide_ and use what he likes the best. There is no force to use a special application. All the projects include hard work and have their specific aims.
      Why should Dragon Player be merged with Bangarang? They are totally different. The both play media, that’s right, but the idea behind them is different. For example Bangarang also focuses Media Library implementation with nepomuk whereas DragonPlayer is designed to have a minimalistic, but powerful media player.
      Where’s the problem with giving the user the choice to choose between projects fitting his demands best?

      Comment by Click — December 14, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

    • Because Dragonplayer is kinda limited compared to other multimedia software. IT is a small piece of software. Dragon Player is far more powerfull and will meet more expectations than dragon player for instance.

      And if you ask that way: Flash or HTML5 ?

      Comment by burkeone — December 14, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    • There are indeed projects that should be merged, but dragon player and bangarang are not, dragon player it’s a small simple player, its objetive is playing files the simpler way, Bangarang player is a media player which allows to handle a music/video collection, and do lots of other stuff. They are not mergeable at all. Another story would be things like openoffice and koffice/calligra I think they should really share the underlying libs.

      Comment by damipereira — December 14, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

  2. Why not? If you want to write your own player should you not have the freedom to do so?

    Comment by JMiahMan — December 14, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

  3. Sweet. Can’t wait to try this.

    Minor nitpick with the metadata source demoed in the screenshot above: Shouldn’t Vin Diesel be mentioned somewhere? 😉

    Comment by replica — December 14, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    • You would think?!!! Hehe, yeah it’s definitely beta. 🙂

      Comment by jamboarder — December 14, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

  4. Looks nice =)
    It would be cool if Bangarang could replace Dragon Player..

    Comment by ddd — December 14, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

  5. Looks promising. The gui is very cool and looks like it should in the 21th century. You should think about to implement an OSD for the control elements like it’s done in Bakaar. Look

    Comment by trebor — December 14, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

  6. Very nice work 🙂 1 question, are lyrics displayed when playing songs?

    Comment by damipereira — December 14, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

  7. As long as it plays all the files Dragonplayer does and has no stupid not-turn-offable resume videos on opening “feature” it will certainly replace Dragonplayer on my machine 🙂

    Comment by BajK — December 15, 2010 @ 2:39 am

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  9. And the thing people forget is: Dragon Player can ONLY play videos. Whereas Bangarang can play both audio and video.

    Congratz on the 2.0 release 🙂
    Bangarang is getting better and better each day.
    The only thing I miss is the option to not open Bangarang multiple times when it’s already open (the Allow only instance that VLC has). Furthermore, Bangarang is my favourite player out there 🙂

    Heimen/Vistaus (the guy from the Dutch translation ;))

    Comment by Vistaus — December 15, 2010 @ 5:19 am

    • Dragonplayer can play audio as well. It is just not by default a music player but only a videoplayer.

      Dragonplayer would be good default basic video/music player if it would have few features.

      – Ctrl+M support to hide the menubar
      – Support to hide the bottom bar
      – For music playing just the toolbar

      But it would be just for the very basic needs to get anything played. For great media control the bangarang would be needed and should be a default for videos. As well the Amarok is default for music and digiKam for audio.

      We do need simple applications to do the single task (like we need simple programs to do single tasks as mv, cp, grep…) but we as well need very flexible advanced applications like bangarang to allow media context users to actually manage their videos.

      Comment by Fri13 — December 15, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

      • “For great media control the bangarang would be needed and should be a default for videos. As well the Amarok is default for music and digiKam for audio.”

        Many of us love Amarok because it focuses on music.
        Bangarang is designed as a mediaplayer, not a video player. In my opinion, Bangarang’s developpers should remove (or hide by default) all features related to music and focus on videos management.

        Comment by Lionel Chauvin — December 15, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

  10. Congrats, I really like Bangarang and am looking forward to the 2.0 release. I just hope it will be possible to add multiple tags & actors to a movie by separating them with “,”. That’s pretty much my main pet peeve for 1.0 ;D

    Comment by Chris — December 15, 2010 @ 9:16 am

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  13. that’s great! we need a very good video player in kde and bangarang is getting there.

    only two things, one is that bangarang crashes when using phonon-backend-vlc

    the other is to ask why discarding video stream support, I find this a very nice feature, for instance to watch video podcasts without download them

    Comment by avlas — December 16, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

  14. Dragon player would be sufficient if it supported .srt .sub subtitles.
    JuK sucks! really not possible to replace Amarok in any way, Bangarang..
    These programs should go out of KDE SC, their development is near 0.

    Does Bangarang supports .srt and .sub subtitles?
    Does it support the new solid Powerdevil api?

    Comment by josephk — December 17, 2010 @ 3:33 am

    • >Does Bangarang supports .srt and .sub subtitles?

      Support for external subtitles in srt files added in commit ee2138ab.

      Comment by SeaJey — December 17, 2010 @ 5:16 am

    • Thanks much for your interest.

      One minor note, please be kinder to the hard work of others (in this case Juk).


      Comment by jamboarder — December 17, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    • To be fair, Amorak couldn’t even save a playlist without crashing. I switched to Juk for managing my music, which is what it was made for, and it couldn’t work better. It’s missing quite a few things but it’s stable. Amorak on the otherhand is heading in the right direction, just to buggy for me.

      Bangarang is the first player to let me organize my movies and tv shows in a way that I’ve been looking for. Keep up the good work, and could you please add support to use external playlists, say ones I made in Juk.

      Much appreciated.

      Comment by Jeremy — December 24, 2010 @ 9:03 am

  15. Bangarang is looking very nice. Keep it up! 🙂

    Comment by Jan — January 11, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

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