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 the step-by-step installation of FFmpeg on 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.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
- 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).
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 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt commands in the terminal.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Step 2. Installing FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04.
Now we 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 4.2.4-1ubuntu0.1 Copyright (c) 2000-2020 the FFmpeg developers built with gcc 9 (Ubuntu 9.3.0-10ubuntu2)
Optionally, you can also check all the encoders installed along with FFmpeg using the following command:
Again, it is optional to check all the decoders that are installed along with FFmpeg using the following command below:
Step 4. Using FFmpeg on Ubuntu.
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:
Example 1: Converting an .mp3 Audio File to .wav using FFmpeg:
ffmpeg –i Audio.mp3 Audio.wav
Example 2: Converting an .mp4 Video File to .mov using FFmpeg:
ffmpeg –i Video.mp4 Video.mov
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.