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How to Install FFmpeg on CentOS

Published on: Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 11:56 am EST

FFmpeg is a popular open source solution to record, convert, and stream audio and video, which is widely used in all kinds of online streaming services.

In this article, I will show you how to install FFmpeg on a CentOS 6/7 server.


  • A newly deployed Vultr CentOS 6 or CentOS 7 server instance.
  • A sudo user.

Step 1: Update the system

sudo yum install epel-release -y
sudo yum update -y
sudo shutdown -r now

Step 2: Install the Nux Dextop YUM repo

There are no official FFmpeg rpm packages for CentOS for now. Instead, you can use a 3rd-party YUM repo, Nux Dextop, to finish the job.

On CentOS 7, you can install the Nux Dextop YUM repo with the following commands:

sudo rpm --import
sudo rpm -Uvh

For CentOS 6, you need to install another release:

sudo rpm --import
sudo rpm -Uvh

Step 3: Install FFmpeg and FFmpeg development packages

sudo yum install ffmpeg ffmpeg-devel -y

Step 4: Test drive

1) Confirm the installation of FFmpeg:


This command provides detailed info about FFmpeg installed on your system. At the time of writing, the version of FFmpeg installed using Nux dextop is 2.6.8.

If you want to learn more about FFmpeg, input:

ffmpeg -h

2) Convert an mp3 audio file to an ogg audio file.

You need to determine the appropriate parameters when using FFmpeg. For example, you can convert an mp3 file to an ogg file using the following commands:

ffmpeg -i MLKDream_64kb.mp3 -c:a libvorbis -q:a 4 MLKDream_64kb.ogg

3) Convert an flv video file to an mp4 video file.

Here is an example of lossless conversion from flv to mp4:

ffmpeg -i beeen.flv -y -vcodec copy -acodec copy beeen.mp4

That concludes our tutorial. Thank you for reading.

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