# [MPlayer-users] how do you specify the path in mplayer's "mf:" parameter

Stephen Mollett molletts at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 4 14:17:29 CEST 2016

On 03/07/16 22:56, David Hepburn wrote:
> Is there any way to specify a windows path so the media path doesn't
> have to be the current directory?
> I tried adding in a Windows path like this
> "mf://C:\folder1\folder2\test.jpg" but it was ignored and didn't play
> anything.

Hi Dave,

I don't have a Windows PC to hand right now to test this but have you
tried using forward slashes in the path instead of backslashes - e.g.
"C:/folder1/folder2/test.jpg"?

MPlayer is primarily developed on Unix-like operating systems where the
standard path separator is the forward slash and the backslash has a
different meaning. (It's used to "escape" characters so any special
meaning they may have is ignored and they are passed through to the
underlying program as-is - it can even escape itself!)

Stephen