How to Install FFmpeg on Debian 9

Install FFmpeg on Debian 9

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure FFmpeg on Debian 9. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

FFmpeg is one of the free and open-source cross-platform solutions for converting, recording, and streaming media. FFmpeg is also used for converting media files to different formats, resizing video, change sample rates for video and audio files.

Install FFmpeg on Debian 9

Step 1. The first command will update the package lists to ensure you get the latest version and dependencies.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install FFmpeg.

To install FFmpeg type the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt install ffmpeg

Confirm the installation and check the FFmpeg version by typing the below command:

ffmpeg -version

The output should be:

ffmpeg version 3.4.4-1~deb9u1 Copyright (c) 2000-2019 the FFmpeg developers
built with gcc 7.0.0 (Debian 7.0.0-18+deb9u1) 20170516

Step 3. FFmpeg Basic Commands.

Below the list of the FFmpeg basic command options used with the FFmpegcommand-line tool:

ffmpeg -version:            show version
ffmpeg -formats:            show available formats
ffmpeg -codecs:             show available codecs
ffmpeg -decoders:           show available decoders
ffmpeg -encoders:           show available encoders
ffmpeg -bsfs:               show available bit stream filters
ffmpeg -protocols:          show available protocols
ffmpeg -filters:            show available filters
ffmpeg -pix_fmts:           show available pixel formats
ffmpeg -layouts:            show standard channel layouts
ffmpeg -sample_fmts:        show available audio sample formats

That’s all you need to do to install FFmpeg on Debian 9 Stretch. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on FFmpeg, please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.