IINA for the Mac: A new and promising media player

Nowadays, media players for computers have to do a lot - not only playing audio and video files, but also corresponding streams from relevant online sources. Actually, I'm a fan of the VLC Player, but after reading about the IINA app recently, I was pleasantly surprised. It is a Mac app written with Swift and available as open source software under GPLv3. This also enables the integration of plugins. From local files to online streams to YouTube playlists, everything can be played back via an intuitive user interface.

The IINA Media Player for macOS on the Apple Mac offers a simple user interface, but many functions. You can find details and download here!

The IINA Media Player for macOS on the Apple Mac offers a simple user interface, but many functions. You can find details and download here!

IINA - the "modern" media player for macOS

On Developer website, on which you can find the free IINA download and the link to GitHub, the media player is touted as a modern solution for the Mac operating system. He builds on that mpv media player up and works from OS X 10.11 El Capitan, but is recommended for macOS 10.14 Mojave. While the appearance of the competitor VLC is a bit out of date, IINA has not only chosen an appealing design with dark mode support, but also implemented many good features:

  • A special development by IINA as a Mac app with the Swift programming language
  • Adapted the design concept that Apple chose for the post-Yosemite systems
  • Supports modern input options such as Force Touch, Touch Bar, etc.
  • Offers a small music mode, a picture-in-picture mode, gesture control (trackpad), etc.
  • Control is also possible via the media buttons (play, forward, back, volume up, volume down, pause)
  • The user interface is customizable and can be individually expanded using plugins
  • Subtitles can be displayed (also for online media, if available)
  • Can be used in German and other languages ​​(overview of translations available on GitHub)

Source: iina.io

Source: iina.io

Source: iina.io

Counselor: Only download software outside the app store from the developer!

IINA extension for Safari, Chrome and Firefox

There are also browser extensions for the media player, especially for media from the web. The add-on for Safari is already included in the main program and only needs to be activated via the web browser. In addition to the free IINA download, there is also the option of downloading the add-ons for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox on the page linked above.  

Usable iTunes and VLC alternative on Mac

The relatively new IINA media player for the Apple Mac is still relatively new, but also modern in design and individually adaptable. In addition, it uses a decoding of media that has been adapted for macOS and the hardware installed by Apple. I will continue to look at the software in the future and use it for different media. Anyone looking for a practical iTunes alternative is sure to be happy with IINA - and at the same time will find a slightly more appealing interface than VLC. Feel free to leave your opinion and experience with the various programs as a comment;)



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  1. Hitrr says:

    Please correct Max OS X 10.11 El Capitan -> OS X 10.11 El Capitan, because the last Mac system where "Mac" was at the beginning was Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

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