Syncplay installation guide

For more general information on using Syncplay see the guide to Using the Syncplay Client and Running a Syncplay Server.

Compatible media players

You will need one of the supported media players:


  1. Ensure that you have an acceptable version of a supported media player installed (see ‘Compatible media players’, above).
  2. Download the Syncplay executable package and run the installer. If you want to use Syncplay with VLC then you should ensure “Install Syncplay interface for VLC” is ticked.
  3. If you have any problems running Syncplay then try installing the  Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Package. Most people already have it, but Windows systems without MSVCP90.dll need to install this.
  4. If you are using Syncplay with MPC-HC then you may wish to disable ‘Slow down on desync’ under ‘Show more settings’ in the Syncplay configuration window.
  5. See the Syncplay Client Guide and the Syncplay Server Guide for details on how to use Syncplay on Linux.

Linux / *BSD

Software Requirements

  • mpv or vlc
  • python >= 3.4.0 (Last version which supported Python 2 was Syncplay 1.5.5)
  • twisted >= 12.1.0 (on Debian based distros python-twisted)
  • PySide >= 1.1.0 (on Debian based distros python-pyside) (needed for GUI)


  1. Ensure you have meet the software requirements (see above)
  2. Download the Syncplay tarball, e.g. get the most recent .tar.gz from
  3. Run sudo make install to install everything (or sudo make install-client VLC_SUPPORT=false if you do not want the server or VLC support installed)
  4. See the Syncplay Client Guide and the Syncplay Server Guide for details on how to use Syncplay on Linux.

Mac OS X

  1. Ensure you have mpv or VLC installed.
  2. Download and install the .dmg file from by selecting “Get Syncplay for OS X”.

Software required to run Python scripts

If you are not using the frozen executable package (e.g. because you are running Syncplay from the latest source code) then you will need Python 2,7 and the 32-bit versions of the following to run Python scripts:

If you are using the frozen executable package available from the Download page then you will not need to be able to run Python scripts.

Windows users without MSVCP90.dll also need the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package.

Note: If you want to build your own Windows installers you will need NSIS and py2exe to run NSIS is assumed to be installed to ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\NSIS\makensis.exe’, so if it is not you will need to modify the .py accordingly.