In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FFmpeg on Debian 9. For those of you who didn’t know, FFmpeg is a cross-platform solution for streaming audio and video as well as recording and conversion. There’s also a great PHP package called ffmpeg-php that allows for easy use of FFmpeg from inside PHP scripts. In this tutorial, i will show you the easy way to install ffmpeg and ffmpeg-php (php extension).
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation FFmpeg on a Debian 9 (Stretch) server.
Install FFmpeg on Debian 9 Stretch
Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal:
Install FFmpeg by typing the following command:
To validate that the package is installed properly use the ffmpeg -version command which will print the FFmpeg:
To print all available FFmpeg’s encoders and decoders type:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed FFmpeg. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing FFmpeg in Debian 9 Stretch systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official FFmpeg website.