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FFMpeg Ubuntu installation [Guide]

Do you need to get FFMpeg installed on your Ubuntu system? Can’t figure out the first thing about installing it on your Ubuntu PC? We can help! Follow along below as we go over how to install Ffmpeg on Ubuntu!

FFMpeg Ubuntu installation – Ubuntu Software Center

If you’re trying to get FFMPeg working on your Ubuntu Linux system, the best way to install it is by using the Ubuntu Software Center. Ubuntu Software Center is easy to use, easy to understand, and makes getting apps a breeze!

To start installing FFMpeg via the Ubuntu Software Center, press the Win key on the keyboard. By pressing the Win key, you will see a pop-up window appear. In this pop-up window, there is a search box. 

Click on the search box with the mouse in Ubuntu to access the search function. After clicking on the search box, type in “Ubuntu Software.” Once “Ubuntu Software” is typed into the box, you should see the Ubuntu Software Center icon. Click on it to launch the app.

When Ubuntu Software Center launches, you will see the “Explore” page. At the top-left corner of the “Explore” page, there is a search button. Click on this search button with the mouse to start an Ubuntu Software Center search.

In the search box in Ubuntu Software Center, type in “FFmpeg” into the search box. With “FFmpeg” typed out into the search box, you should see a list of results. Look through the list of results for the “FFmpeg” option. 

Note: Can’t find “FFmpeg” in the search results? It should have “A complete solution to record, convert and stream audio and video” next to it.

Select the FFmpeg app in the search results to go to its installation page in Ubuntu Software Center. Then, find the “Install” button, and click on it with the mouse.

Upon clicking on the “Install” button on the FFmpeg page, a pop-up window will appear. This pop-up window will ask you to enter your user password. Do so.

After entering your password into the pop-up window, Ubuntu Software Center will attempt to install FFmpeg onto your system. When the process is complete, you will have FFmpeg installed!

FFMpeg Ubuntu installation –
Synaptic Package Manager

On some Ubuntu flavors, the Synaptic Package Manager is pre-installed. This app is a GUI package manager that users can use to install software packages. If you’re trying to get FFmpeg working and have Synaptic installed, here’s what to do.

To start the installation of FFmpeg in Synaptic package manager, begin by opening up Synaptic on the Linux desktop by searching for it in the app menu. Be sure to enter your user password when prompted.

After entering your password in Synaptic, the app will open. With it open, locate the search button at the top-right corner of the screen. Then, click on it with the mouse.

When you click on the search box, a pop-up window will appear. In the pop-up window, locate the search box, and click on it with the mouse. Upon clicking on the search box, you will be able to type with the keyboard. Type in “ffpmeg” into the box. After that, click the search button. 

Upon searching for “ffmpeg,” a huge list will appear. Unfortunately, FFmpeg will not be at the top of the list. To jump to it, find the “Quick filter” box, and type in “ffmpeg” once again.

The “quick filter” feature will place the “ffmpeg” package at the top of the results. From here, right-click on “ffmpeg” with the mouse and select the “mark for installation” button. Then, click on the “Apply” button to start the installation.

The installation process for FFMpeg in Synaptic Package Manager should be quick. When the process is complete, you will have installed FFMpeg on Ubuntu!

FFMpeg Ubuntu installation – Apt/Snap

Suppose you’re using Ubuntu and prefer the terminal to Ubuntu Software Center or the Synaptic Package Manager. In that case, you’ll be happy to know that it is possible to install FFMpeg on Ubuntu via terminal.

Apt is the standard Ubuntu package manager, and it sits underneath Ubuntu Software Center and Synaptic, but it can be used directly from the terminal. Here’s how to use it to install FFMpeg on your Ubuntu system.

First, launch a terminal window on the Ubuntu desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. After that, execute the apt install command below to get FFMPeg working.

sudo apt install ffmpeg

Alternatively, if you do not wish to install FFMpeg with the Ubuntu Apt package manager, it is also possible to get FFMpeg installed through the Snap package store as a Snap. 

To install of FFMpeg as a Snap, execute the snap install command below. Keep in mind; you will need to have Snaps enabled on your Ubuntu system before installing this package.

sudo snap install ffmpeg

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