How To Install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 17.04

Install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 17.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 17.04. 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 the step-by-step installation of FFmpeg on an Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus)
  • 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 useror 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 Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing FFmpeg.

You’ll need to add FFmpeg’s PPA (personal package archive) to your system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/ffmpeg-3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt upgrade

To undo the changes and restore to the stock version of FFmpeg in the main Ubuntu repositories, purge the PPA via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:jonathonf/ffmpeg-3

Next, install FFmpeg on Ubuntu is to use the apt-get command:

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

To check for an installed FFmpeg version run:

ffmpeg -version

If you want to learn more about FFmpeg, input:

ffmpeg -h

Congratulations! You have successfully installed FFmpeg. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing FFmpeg on your Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official FFmpeg website.

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