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Install latest ffmpeg on ubuntu 12.04 or 14.04
# Bash script to install latest version of ffmpeg and its dependencies on Ubuntu 12.04 or 14.04
# Inspired from
# Remove any existing packages:
sudo apt-get -y remove ffmpeg x264 libav-tools libvpx-dev libx264-dev
# Get the dependencies (Ubuntu Server or headless users):
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install build-essential checkinstall git libfaac-dev libgpac-dev \
libmp3lame-dev libopencore-amrnb-dev libopencore-amrwb-dev librtmp-dev libtheora-dev \
libvorbis-dev pkg-config texi2html yasm zlib1g-dev
# Install x264
sudo apt-get -y install libx264-dev
git clone --depth 1 git://
cd x264
./configure --enable-static
sudo checkinstall --pkgname=x264 --pkgversion="3:$(./ | \
awk -F'[" ]' '/POINT/{print $4"+git"$5}')" --backup=no --deldoc=yes \
--fstrans=no --default
# Install AAC audio decoder
tar xzvf fdk-aac-0.1.0.tar.gz
cd fdk-aac-0.1.0
sudo checkinstall --pkgname=fdk-aac --pkgversion="0.1.0" --backup=no \
--deldoc=yes --fstrans=no --default
# Install VP8 video encoder and decoder.
git clone --depth 1
cd libvpx
sudo checkinstall --pkgname=libvpx --pkgversion="1:$(date +%Y%m%d%H%M)-git" --backup=no \
--deldoc=yes --fstrans=no --default
# Add lavf support to x264
# This allows x264 to accept just about any input that FFmpeg can handle and is useful if you want to use x264 directly. See a more detailed explanation of what this means.
cd ~/x264
make distclean
./configure --enable-static
sudo checkinstall --pkgname=x264 --pkgversion="3:$(./ | \
awk -F'[" ]' '/POINT/{print $4"+git"$5}')" --backup=no --deldoc=yes \
--fstrans=no --default
# Installing FFmpeg
git clone --depth 1 git://
cd ffmpeg
./configure --enable-gpl --enable-libfaac --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopencore-amrnb \
--enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-librtmp --enable-libtheora --enable-libvorbis \
--enable-libvpx --enable-libx264 --enable-nonfree --enable-version3
sudo checkinstall --pkgname=ffmpeg --pkgversion="5:$(date +%Y%m%d%H%M)-git" --backup=no \
--deldoc=yes --fstrans=no --default
hash x264 ffmpeg ffplay ffprobe
# Optional: install qt-faststart
# This is a useful tool if you're showing your H.264 in MP4 videos on the web. It relocates some data in the video to allow playback to begin before the file is completely downloaded. Usage: qt-faststart input.mp4 output.mp4.
cd ~/ffmpeg
make tools/qt-faststart
sudo checkinstall --pkgname=qt-faststart --pkgversion="$(date +%Y%m%d%H%M)-git" --backup=no \
--deldoc=yes --fstrans=no --default install -Dm755 tools/qt-faststart \

Thanks bro. You're the best!

Any way to make this work on 13.03?

  • Go to and launch a new Ruby on Rails runnable
  • In the terminal, vim and paste the above script (but strip away sudo as runnables are already root, also remove the qt-faststart part)
  • apt-get install checkinstall
  • bash

Thanks a million! Save my nightmare...

cantor commented Mar 29, 2015

For ubuntu 12.04 I had to install yasm-1.2.0 to compile x264:

tar xzf yasm-1.2.0.tar.gz
cd yasm-1.2.0/
./configure && make
sudo checkinstall --pkgname=yasm --pkgversion="5:$(date +%Y%m%d%H%M)-git" --backup=no
--deldoc=yes --fstrans=no --default

cd ..

Great howto

This is pretty sweet, thanks!

jomsie commented May 13, 2015

Thanks a lot!

sethlo commented May 18, 2015

How can I modify this script to enable libfdk-aac?
I tried to just add it around line 62 but that didn't seem to work.

thanks a lot

Wow, you probably saved me over 5+ hours installing this manually. Seriously nice work.

impy88 commented Jul 16, 2015

Thanks! Note, that multiverse repository have to be enabled

bgth commented Jul 20, 2015

Thanks alot for the howto

make a docker file out of it?

shklnrj commented Aug 16, 2015

This is awesome. Saved a lot of time :)

Thanks buddy!

kr0 commented Sep 3, 2015


Thank you

mhui commented Sep 14, 2015


tub216 commented Sep 16, 2015

Awesome! life saving.

This was so awesome I don't even care if it left a trojan on my computer.

This seems to not be working for me.. Any help would be greatly appreaciated

Enter a number to change any of them or press ENTER to continue: 

Installing with make install...

========================= Installation results ===========================
Makefile:2: config.mak: No such file or directory
Makefile:62: /common.mak: No such file or directory
Makefile:104: /libavutil/Makefile: No such file or directory
Makefile:104: /library.mak: No such file or directory
Makefile:106: /doc/Makefile: No such file or directory
Makefile:189: /tests/Makefile: No such file or directory
make: *** No rule to make target `/tests/Makefile'.  Stop.

****  Installation failed. Aborting package creation.

Cleaning up...OK


./ line 68: hash: x264: not found
./ line 68: hash: ffmpeg: not found
./ line 68: hash: ffplay: not found
./ line 68: hash: ffprobe: not found

dylanjha, make sure the dependencies are getting installed. I tried this on a clean Ubuntu Server and the script would run and not give errors about failed dependencies. Might want to install try running the commands manually.

doopz commented Oct 14, 2015

Thank you, it worked on Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS perfectly.

nadermx commented Dec 14, 2015

The issue I have is that when I try to put `--with-openssl`` it says it not found

How would I go about reversing what this script has done?

Xobi commented Jan 4, 2016

Installed successfully
Thanks for manual, but I have one question.
How can we run the server? how do i know the server is running? and do i need any other application to buffer the packets ?

bulgin commented Jan 8, 2016

And if I needed to roll back this install, what would be the steps for a beginner in linux to do that? Thank you!

bulgin commented Jan 8, 2016

Yes, I second dawsonc623's comment about reversing what this script has done? Does anyone know how? It's been half and hour and this script is still installing software and compiling lots of files all of which I know nothing about. . . . Thanks!

While install ffmpeg showing Sanity test failed?

I cannot thank you enough! :D

deeuu commented Jan 29, 2016

Thank you!

omgbox commented Feb 3, 2016

ffplay is not included


Thanks a lot. Works fine on Ubuntu 14.04

iEremin commented Feb 9, 2016

Don't use it!

It's incorrect static building, and you can't be sure, that built ffmpeg uses last x264 from repo, not from system etc.

this is not enough for a static build
x264 must not link to other dynamic libraries

./configure --enable-static

You removed libx264-dev and installed it again.

Thanks for this!

Write "" in line # 65

Thank you! 👍

we can't clone this resources in Chinese Mainland. So it need replace to

Thank you so much @xdamman. Just a minor improvement to run this faster (parallelize tasks on all available cores) every make, could be replaced with
make -j $(nproc) or at the top of the script alias make="make -j $(nproc)" could be added.

stonexer commented Apr 7, 2016

Thanks a lot for life saving...

Thank You so much :) .

I love you.

wklm commented May 22, 2016

thank's a lot!

flexmax commented Jun 6, 2016


I want to transcode on my Dell T20 (Xeon) a stream with h264_qsv. It runs on an Ubuntu 14.04 Server with Media Server Studio Essentials 2016th

I am following command input ...
ffmpeg -i URL_Input -vcodec h264_qsv -b 2700k -maxrate 2700k -preset:v slow -s 1280x720 -acodec aac -ar 44100 -ac 2 -strict -2 -f mpegts udp://

... I get the following error message:


[h264_qsv @ 0x3ff5d60] mfx init: /dev/drirenderD128 fd open failed
[h264_qsv @ 0x3ff5d60] mfx init: /dev/drirenderD129 fd open failed
[h264_qsv @ 0x3ff5d60] mfx init: /dev/drirenderD123 fd open failed

[h264_qsv @ 0x3ff5d60] Error initializing the encoder

I'm from the "Windows World" and am still relatively new to the "Linux World" Please therefore noob-friendly answer :)

Thank you very much

llogan commented Jun 22, 2016

This is basically an outdated copy of a copy of FFmpeg Wiki: Compile FFmpeg on Ubuntu/Debian.

Thank you, before line 20 you need to mention to install "yasm" (Assembler stuff):
sudo apt-get install yasm

xjfengck commented Aug 8, 2016

line 18, should change to:
git clone --depth 1

ty!!! :D

Thanks for this! Awesome time saver.

huytv593 commented Sep 7, 2016

Thanks a lot!

When using the ffmpeg command from terminal I get
"/bin/sh: 1: ffmpeg: not found"

I followed the whole process and everything went well, just I am not able to use the ffmpeg command.

Any help with this?

This helped me solve a problem I was having with ffmpeg. I was ripping my face off! Thanks a lot man!

Thanks Bro :)

Another Thank you.

skoften commented Nov 24, 2016

on my 14.04 installation it breaks because of "--enable-libfaac"

after removing it, it ran ok.

azri445 commented Dec 10, 2016

ok.... its been nearly a year... im trying to install ffmpeg on my dedicated server from dreamhost. as they told me that i need to install ffmpeg by myself. while i got no knowledge on installing it.

my dedicated server ubunut 12.04 code name precise.... and my ffmpeg version 0.8

how to achieve a successful ffmpeg installation... been looking long time already.. didnt find the solution. try solution given here... but none is working.

Hope i can get answer from you all.... thanks in advanced

hohaidang commented Mar 17, 2017

It's really really good. Thanks a lot :D I spent 3 days try to install this package to my development board. It helped me a lot

Maybe I'm missing something here, but I install ffmpeg with just this:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

@crclayton this script seems to build from source, the repo u point out is an unofficial one as far as I'm aware.


command: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media

"And confirm the following message by pressing :"

"Also note that with apt-get a sudo apt-get dist-upgrade is needed for initial setup & with some package upgrades
More info:
Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it"

Update the package list.

command: sudo apt-get update
command: sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

"Now FFmpeg is available to be installed with apt:"

command: sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

That's it. Enjoy 👍 :)

lispc commented May 24, 2017

nasm should be installed before running the script. And nasm cannot be installed by 'apt-get' because a new version is required while nasm in apt-get is too old. I compiled nasm from source.

slhck commented Jun 19, 2017

Please find an always up-to-date guide here:

This one also has proper instructions for nasm.

Thanks! You are my HERO.

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