Entertainer : The Best Media Center

Entertainer aims to be a simple and easy-to-use media center solution for Gnome and XFce desktop environments. Entertainer is written completely in Python using object-oriented programming paradigm. It uses GStreamer multimedia framework for multimedia playback. User Interface is implemented with Clutter UI-library, which allows sleek OpenGL animated user interfaces. Entertainer also uses other great projects like SQLite, pyIMDBb and iNotify.


  1. Movies and TV-series : – You can watch movies and TV-Series from your harddrive. Entertainer automatically searches and downloads metadata like cover art from the Internet.
  2. Music library : –Let’s play music! Entertainer allows you play your favourite tracks easily. Navigate music by artst, album, genre or make your own playlists. Entertainer also automatically downloads album art and lyrics of the tracks.
  3. Photographs : – Watch your family photographs from the big screen. Entertainer includes a photoraph library, which allows you easily find your best shots.
  4. RSS-reader : – Entertainer includes a simple RSS-reader which allows you to read feeds right from your couch. In Entertainer RSS is called Headlines since it’s easier to understand for people who are not IT oriented.
  5. Themes : – Entertainer supports themeing! Make your media center look just like you. Creating themes is relatively easy.

Note: The project is not yet completed it is still in development stage so there can be some problems while using it.

Installation Instruction : – Installation_Instructions – entertainer-media-center – Google Code
Video : – YouTube – Entertainer – Media Center
Home Page : – Entertainer project


9 Responses to “Entertainer : The Best Media Center”

  1. Sharp Says:

    This just looks like apple TV and by the time that you setup, install, configure and customize this wouldn’t it be easier to drop $229 at an apple store to get the same effect. I mean, really, how much is your personal time worth to you?

  2. Dark Star Says:

    ^^ Well you don’t have to customize this .. Just install from the source code and bingo it works out of the box considering you have installed media coders 🙂 and the best part you don’t have to spend a penny in this gr8 player 😉

  3. ronocdh Says:

    I too think Sharp’s comment is a little insane. I agree about the look being a copy of AppleTV, but who wouldn’t prefer the FOSS alternative to that?

    OK, dumb question! Anyway, *I’d* prefer the FOSS alternative. =)

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  5. alfredo Says:

    There’s a world out there beyond the USA, where there is no Apple Store, and where $229.00 is a lot of money (about a month wage)

  6. Joshua Scotton Says:

    Hopefully, as development continues, Entertainer will have a bigger feature set than Apple TV.

    Also, a lot of the configuration is automatic, ie video files are recognised automatically and categorised and you can import your rss feeds with two buttons clicks from liferea.

    Also about installation, I’m optimistic about us being able to package it for ubuntu, so installation will eventually be as simple as sudo apt-get entertainer


  7. Paul Hummer Says:

    Dark Star-

    Thanks for posting about us! I’m one of a few of the entertainer developers, and we’ve had TONS of progress in the last two weeks. As far as Sharp’s comment, I know what you mean with not wanting to configure everything. That’s why we’re making entertainer require as little configuration as possible! Feel free to test the water, and then decide whether you want to shell out $200+ for the AppleTV.


  8. linuxtechie Says:

    Wow, that is awesome looking! 😀

  9. cabbie Says:

    Setup seemed straight forward to me, only took about 15 minutes. I am running it on Ubuntu 8.04 without any problems. Apple ??? as big a corporate #$%!%% as MS, no thanks

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