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How To Install FFmpeg on Rocky Linux 9

Install FFmpeg on Rocky Linux 9

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FFmpeg on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, FFmpeg is a free and open-source command line tool for transcoding multimedia files. The core of this tool consists of the command line FFmpeg which processes the audio and video files. It supports a variety of audio/video codecs, including H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, AAC, OPUS, and others, as well as MP4, FLV, MKV, TS, WEBM, and MP3 file formats and HTTP/HTTPS, TCP, UDP, RTMP, RTSP, and HLS streaming protocols.

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 the step-by-step installation of the FFmpeg multimedia framework on Rocky Linux. 9.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Rocky Linux 9.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install FFmpeg on Rocky Linux 9

Step 1. The first step is to update your system to the latest version of the package list. To do so, run the following commands:

sudo dnf check-update
sudo dnf install dnf-utils
sudo dnf install epel-release 
sudo dnf install --nogpgcheck https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/free/el/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %rhel).noarch.rpm -y
sudo dnf install --nogpgcheck https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/el/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %rhel).noarch.rpm -y

Step 2. Installing FFmpeg on Rocky Linux 9.

By default, FFmpeg is available on Rocky Linux 9 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the latest stable version of FFmpeg to your system:

sudo dnf install ffmpeg ffmpeg-devel

After installation is successful, check the installed version using the following command:

[root@idroot.us ~]# ffmpeg -version
ffmpeg version 5.0.8 Copyright (c) 2000-2022 the FFmpeg developers
built with gcc 11 (GCC)

Step 3. Using FFmpeg.

The usage of FFmpeg depends on individual projects and the desired output. For more info check the FFmpeg documentation. You can also check command line options with:

ffmpeg --help

Congratulations! You have successfully installed FFmpeg. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the FFmpeg multimedia framework on your Rocky Linux 9 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official FFmpeg website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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