How To Install FFmpeg 2.6.1 On Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivative Systems

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.

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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 2.6.1 “Grothendieck”, which has been recently released, updating the contained libraries to the below versions: libavutil 54.20.100, libavcodec 56.26.100, libavformat 56.25.101, libavdevice 56.4.100, libavfilter 5.11.102, libavresample 2.1.0, libswscale 3.1.101, libswresample 1.1.100, libpostproc 53.3.100.

In this article I will show you how to install FFmpeg 2.6.1 “Grothendieck” on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.

Because it is available via PPA, installing FFmpeg 2.6.1 on Ubuntu 15.04, 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 2.6.1 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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