In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. 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. It contains a set of shared audio and video libraries such as libavcodec, libavformat, and libavutil. With FFmpeg, you can convert between various video and audio formats, set sample rates, capture streaming audio or video, and resize videos.
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 Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian based distribution like Linux Mint.
Install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following
apt commands in the terminal.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Step 2. Installing FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04.
Run the following command to install FFmpeg:
sudo apt install ffmpeg
Let us verify whether the installation was successful. First, test the FFmpeg version via the following command:
$ ffmpeg -version ffmpeg version 4.2.4-1ubuntu0.1 Copyright (c) 2000-2020 the FFmpeg developers built with gcc 9 (Ubuntu 9.3.0-10ubuntu2)
Step 4. Using FFmpeg.
The usage of FFmpeg depends on individual projects and the desired output. Refer to the official FFmpeg documentation for an in-depth description of its features and examples. If you want to learn more about FFmpeg, input:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed FFmpeg. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing FFmpeg on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official FFmpeg website.