Ubuntu – How to download and install ffmpeg from Launchpad

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I'm trying to understand how to install the ffmpeg package from Launchpad.

The ffmpeg website links to that page when you try to download it for Linux.

Best Answer

  • ffmpeg is available in the official Ubuntu repositories :
    - xenial | xenial-updates | yakkety | yakkety-updates -

    apt policy ffmpeg
    ffmpeg:
      Installed: 7:3.0.5-0ubuntu0.16.10.1
      Candidate: 7:3.0.5-0ubuntu0.16.10.1
      Version table:
     *** 7:3.0.5-0ubuntu0.16.10.1 500
            500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-updates/universe amd64 Packages
            500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-security/universe amd64 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
         7:3.0.2-1ubuntu3 500
            500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety/universe amd64 Packages
    

    To install it open a terminal and execute this command :

    sudo apt install ffmpeg  
    

    There is no need to download ffmpeg from launchpad.

    Update addressing your comment about missing packages after an installation using apt

    When you install ffmpeg using apt, the 'additional packages' are getting installed alongside automatically, maybe something went wrong in your case. For example - here my initial setup - these packages were installed after I had executed the command sudo apt install ffmpeg :

    ffmpeg (7:3.0.2-1ubuntu3)
    i965-va-driver (1.7.1-1)
    libaacs0 (0.8.1-1)
    libass5 (0.13.2-1)
    libavcodec57 (7:3.0.2-1ubuntu3)
    libavdevice57 (7:3.0.2-1ubuntu3)
    libavfilter6 (7:3.0.2-1ubuntu3)
    libavformat57 (7:3.0.2-1ubuntu3)
    libavresample3 (7:3.0.2-1ubuntu3)
    libavutil55 (7:3.0.2-1ubuntu3)
    libbdplus0 (0.1.2-1)
    libbluray1 (1:0.9.3-2)
    libbs2b0 (3.1.0+dfsg-2.2)
    libchromaprint0 (1.3-1build1)
    libcrystalhd3 (1:0.0~git20110715.fdd2f19-11build1)
    libdc1394-22 (2.2.4-1)
    libflite1 (2.0.0-release-2)
    libgme0 (0.6.0-3)
    libgsm1 (1.0.13-4)
    libmodplug1 (1:0.8.8.5-2)
    libmp3lame0 (3.99.5+repack1-9build1)
    libopenal-data (1:1.17.2-1)
    libopenal1 (1:1.17.2-1)
    libopenjpeg5 (1:1.5.2-3.1)
    libpostproc54 (7:3.0.2-1ubuntu3)
    librubberband2v5 (1.8.1-6ubuntu2)
    libschroedinger-1.0-0 (1.0.11-2.1build1)
    libsdl1.2debian (1.2.15+dfsg1-4)
    libshine3 (3.1.0-4)
    libsoxr0 (0.1.2-1)
    libssh-gcrypt-4 (0.7.3-1)
    libswresample2 (7:3.0.2-1ubuntu3)
    libswscale4 (7:3.0.2-1ubuntu3)
    libtwolame0 (0.3.13-1.2)
    libva1 (1.7.1-2)
    libvdpau1 (1.1.1-3ubuntu1)
    libx264-148 (2:0.148.2699+gita5e06b9-1)
    libx265-79 (1.9-3)
    libxvidcore4 (2:1.3.4-1)
    libzvbi-common (0.2.35-11)
    libzvbi0 (0.2.35-11)
    mesa-va-drivers (12.0.3-1ubuntu2)
    mesa-vdpau-drivers (12.0.3-1ubuntu2)
    va-driver-all (1.7.1-2)
    vdpau-driver-all (1.1.1-3ubuntu1)
    

    This is from an Ubuntu 16.10 installation - packages and versions are different in other editions.
    Other packages like libavcodec-extra57, which provides some additional de/encoders or any dev-versions have to be installed manually. If you are still running Ubuntu 14.04, you can install libav-tools (a fork of ffmpeg which temporarily replaced ffmpeg in Ubuntu 14.04) instead.

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