How to Install FFmpeg on CentOS, RHEL and Ubuntu

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.


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  1. I finally found a solution which allows to install ffmpeg in Centos 7:

    1. wget
    2. yum -y localinstall libdc1394-2.1.2-3.4.el6.x86_64.rpm
    3. rpm -ivh
    4. yum -y install ffmpeg

    I hope it will help somebody.

  2. Dear sysadmin

    Thank you very much, i tried a lot of site to install the new ffmpeg those code were not working, maybe old or mine had problem.
    but this code you posted i tried this and it worked the new ffmpeg install to my vps.
    thanks for your help

  3. Hi ,

    I have tried above steps successfully done everything , I am able to check FFMPEG verion and basic command as well but when I check when I am checking the extension ” extension_loaded(‘ffmpeg’) or die(‘Error in loading ffmpeg’);” — it throws error “Error in loading ffmpeg” .

    Also I tried checking “phpinfo();” , but it does not shows that ffmpeg is installed. What else I need to do to configure FFMPEG in cent OS 6.5 , PHP 5.5 .

    Question :

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