FFmpeg is a cross-platform solution for streaming audio and video as well as recording and conversion. Its also useful to convert multimedia files between various formats. FFmpeg includes libavcodec audio/video codec library in it.


This article will describe you to how to install FFmpeg on CentOS/RHEL 6/5 and Ubuntu 12.04/12.10 systems with easy steps. Also provides basic uses of ffmpeg. CentOS/RHEL uses must have enable atrpms rpm repository on his systems.

1. Install FFmpeg

CentOS/RHEL and Fedora users make sure that you have enabled atrpms repository in system. Let’s begin installing FFmpeg as per your operating system.

CentOS/RHEL and Fedora Users:
# yum install ffmpeg
Ubuntu and Debian Users:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

2. Check FFmpeg Version

After successfully install FFmpeg, let’s check the version installed on system.

# ffmpeg -version

ffmpeg version 2.0.2
built on Oct 27 2013 11:21:04 with gcc 4.4.6 (GCC) 20120305 (Red Hat 4.4.6-4)

3. FFmpeg Basic Commands

Here is the list of few ffmepg basic commands list.

    ffmpeg -version: show version ffmpeg -formats: show available formats ffmpeg -codecs: show available codecs ffmpeg -decoders: show available decoders ffmpeg -encoders: show available encoders ffmpeg -bsfs: show available bit stream filters ffmpeg -protocols: show available protocols ffmpeg -filters: show available filters ffmpeg -pix_fmts: show available pixel formats ffmpeg -layouts: show standard channel layouts ffmpeg -sample_fmts: show available audio sample formats

Click here to read more about ffmpeg on its official site.