How to install Dragon player on Ubuntu 20.04

Dragon Player is a free and open source multimedia player where the focus is on simplicity, instead of features. This application has been specifically tailored for KDE desktop users. It makes use of phonon: A multimedia API that itself connects to several multimedia frameworks. Dragon Player is the successor of Codeine.

Dragon Player does one thing, and only one thing, which is playing multimedia files. Its simple interface is designed not to get in your way and instead empower you to simply play multimedia files. It is a dead-simple video player with all the basic features needed. You shouldn’t expect anything fancy out of it but it does support the major file formats.

Key Features of Dragon Player

  • Simple User Interface
  • Tailored for KDE
  • Full screen mode
  • Supports playing CDs and DVDs
  • Automatically loads subtitles with the matching name
  • Due to using Solid and Phonon DragonPlayer is independent of any multimedia framework or hardware abstraction layer
  • Video display settings (Contrast, Brightness)
  • Plays multimedia streams.
  • Starts playing a video where you were watching it last time

This article explains two methods of installing Dragon player on Ubuntu 20.04.

Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Dragon player as a Snap Package

The easiest way to install Dragon player on Ubuntu 20.04 is by using the snap packaging system.

A snap package is a type of universal Linux package that you can enjoy irrespective of the distro. Its an self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application.

All you need is the snap service pre-configured, In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, it comes with snap pre-installed.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running following command.

$ sudo apt install snapd

Note: Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

This is actually the Snap version of the Dragon player. It can be used on any Linux distribution that has Snap support.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the following command to install the Dragon player package.

$ sudo snap install dragon

At this step, you have successfully installed Dragon player on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

Method 2: Installing Dragon player from Ubuntu apt repository

The Dragon player is included in Ubuntu 20.04. Follow the step by step guide to install the application.

Step #1

Type the following command to update the apt sources.

$ sudo apt update

Step #2

Now execute this command to install the Dragon player package.

$ sudo apt install dragonplayer

With the help of && you can write both the commands in a single line. Something like this:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install dragonplayer

That’s It.

Starting Dragon player

Dragon player can be launched from the command line by typing dragon or In the Activities search bar type “Dragon” and click on the icon.

Dragon player User Interface:

How to Uninstall Dragon player from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Dragon player, refer following methods.

Method #1

If you have installed Dragon player via Snap type the following command:

$ sudo snap remove dragon

Method #2

If you have installed the appication from default ubuntu apt respository then uninstall by running the below command:

$ sudo apt remove dragonplayer


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Dragon player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

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