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mpv keyboard shortcuts

Thursday, 27 October 2022
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This guide is a quick reference guide for common keyboard shortcuts for navigating and controlling video with mpv media player.

KeyBinding
ESCExit Fullscreen
1 and 2Adjust contrast.
3 and 4Adjust brightness.
5 and 6Adjust gamma.
7 and 8Adjust saturation.
and Seek backward/forward 5 seconds. Shift+arrow does a 1 second exact seek
Ctrl +
Ctrl +
Seek to the previous/next subtitle
[ and ]Decrease/increase current playback speed by 10%.
{ and }Halve/double current playback speed.
BACKSPACEReset playback speed to normal.
p / SPACEPause (pressing again unpauses).
.Step forward. Pressing once will pause, every consecutive press will play one frame and then go into pause mode again.
,Step backward. Pressing once will pause, every consecutive press will play one frame in reverse and then go into pause mode again.
/ and *Decrease/increase volume.
9 and 0Decrease/increase volume.
mMute sound
Alt +
Alt +
Alt +
Alt +
Move the video rectangle (panning).
Alt+
Alt-
Combining Alt with the + or – keys changes video zoom.
Alt + BACKSPACEReset the pan/zoom settings.

All keyboard shortcuts are referenced from the mpv manual: https://mpv.io/manual/master/#keyboard-control