How To Install FFmpeg 2.4.2 On Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivatives

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, FFmpeg is a popular multimedia framework, that enables the users to easily ncode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play audio and video content.

Also worth mentioning, FFmpeg provides the ffmpeg  tool for converting multimedia files, the ffserver streaming tool, the ffplay media player based on SDL and ffmpeg libraries and the ffprobe multimedia stream analyzer.

The latest version available is FFmpeg 2.4.2 “Fresnel”, which has been recently released, which includes updates for all the contained libraries.

how to install FFmpeg 2.4.2 “Fresnel” on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0

In this article I will show you how to install FFmpeg 2.4.2 “Fresnel” on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.

Because it is available via PPA, installing FFmpeg 2.4.2 on Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the ffmpeg-real package. Like this:

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:samrog131/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install ffmpeg-real

Next, to make FFmpeg 2.4.1 work, create the below symlink:

$ sudo ln -sf /opt/ffmpeg/bin/ffmpeg /usr/bin/ffmpeg

Optional, to remove ffmpeg, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove ffmpeg

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3 comments on “How To Install FFmpeg 2.4.2 On Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivatives
  1. RR says:

    As always, your postings are very useful. However, sometimes, they do lead to errors.

    I am using Ubuntu 14.04.

    I tried to update ffmpeg with the ppa which you quoted, namely ‘ppa:mc3man/trusty-media
    ‘. I could not do so. I had broken packages.

    Then, I checked my notes.

    I updated ffmpeg a few weeks ago. On that ocasion, I used a different ppa. Actually, you recommended it. The ppa:samrog131/ppa for the ‘real ffmpeg’.

    http://linuxg.net/how-to-install-ffmpeg-2-4-1-on-ubuntu-14-10-ubuntu-14-04-and-derivative-systems/

    It seems that there are different versions of ffmpeg. Your ‘mc3man’ version does not work with an earlier ‘ffmpeg-real’ version.

    I am only saying this in case other people have the same problem.

    • Geekster says:

      i have tried that on a clean Xubuntu 14.04 (and i did not have ffmpeg-real installed on the system) and it worked well, like it can be noticed in the print screen.

      however, i have edited the instructions and changed to the SamRog PPA because that works well if ffmpeg-real exists. (+ it has support for Utopic)

  2. Łukasz says:

    thank you 🙂

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