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Steps for – FFmpeg install CentOS

by | Feb 23, 2021

Are you looking for steps to install FFmpeg in CentOS? Take a peek at this blog. 

FFmpeg is a tool that can record, convert, and stream audio and video files.

Here at Bobcares, we often receive requests to install FFmpeg and fix its errors as a part of our Server Management Services.

Today, let’s see how our Support Engineers enable this on the server and fix its related errors.


What is FFmpeg?

FFMPEG is one of the most leading multimedia frameworks. It easily decodes and encodes images and videos.

Also, it supports almost all audio and video formats. Moreover, it supports all streaming protocols as well.

For instance, to convert an MP3 file to an OGG file we run the below command:

ffmpeg -i input.mp3 output.ogg

And to convert MP4 to WebM we run the below command:

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 output.webm


Install FFmpeg on CentOS

Now, let’s get into the installation part and see how our Support Engineers install FFMPEG in CentOS.


Step 1: Updating the system

Initially, we update the system using the command:

sudo yum update -y

sudo shutdown -r now


Step 2: Enabling the Nux repository

Actually, there are no FFMPEG rpm packages for CentOS. Instead, we can use any third-party YUM repo like NUX Dextop for that.

Nux repository depends on the EPEL software repository. So, to enable it we run the below command:

sudo yum install epel-release -y

Then, we import the GPG key and install the NUX repo. For that, we run the below command to import GPG key.

sudo rpm --import

Then, we install the NUX dextop release repo using the below command

sudo rpm -Uvh


Steps 3: Install FFmpeg

Next, we install FFMPEG and FFMPEG packages using the command:

sudo yum install ffmpeg ffmpeg-devel -y


Step 4: Testing

Finally, we test the installation of FFMPEG using the command



Common errors with FFmpeg install CentOS

Recently, one of our customers approached us telling us that he was not able to install FFmpeg in his server CentOS 7.

The customer used the below command for installing FFMPEG

yum install ffmpeg -y

But he received an error relating to some missing libraries in the server.

The error was as below

Error: Package: libva-1.0.16-3.el6.x86_64 (linuxtech)
Error: Package: libavdevice-2.6.8-3.el7.nux.x86_64 (forensics)
Error: Package: ffmpeg-libs-2.6.8-3.el7.nux.x86_64 (forensics)

Here, the command which customer was using was all correct. However, those libraries were missing in the server. And we can install those libraries from EPEL repository.

So, our Support Engineers suggested installing it using the below command:

sudo yum install epel-release

And then run the below commands to import the GPG key and then install the NUX desktop

sudo rpm --import

sudo rpm -Uvh

Then lastly, run yum, enabling the EPEL and Nux desktop repo, and install FFmpeg

yum -y --enablerepo=epel,nux-dextop install ffmpeg

Finally, this fixed the error.

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In short, FFmpeg is a powerful tool that can do almost anything with multimedia files. Today we saw how our Support Engineers install FFMPEG on CentOS and fix its related errors.


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