Friday, October 25, 2013

How to install ffmpeg mplayer and mencoder

Hello Guys,

Installation of FFMPEG is treated as the toughest installations as it has many dependencies. Check with the below steps for easy installation.

1. Enable 9xhost and EPEL yum repositories

    The CentOS 6 RPM packages of ffmpeg, mplayer and MP4Box packages are available on These RPM packages are copied from ATrpms and RPM Fusion YUM repositories for a simplified installation.

    Some packages on 9xhost YUM repo depend on EPEL repo. To enable EPEL repo, install the epel-release RPM package

    rpm -Uvh

1.1 To enable 9xhost YUM repository, create the file /etc/yum.repos.d/9xhost.repo

    nano /etc/yum.repos.d/9xhost.repo

    and add following repository configuration:

    name=9xhost Packages CentOS 6 - $basearch

2. Install ffmpeg mplayer and mencoder

    for x86 (32bit system)

    yum install ffmpeg mplayer

    for x86_64 (64bit system)

    yum install ffmpeg mplayer --exclude "*.i386"

    Note: there is no separate package for mencoder. It is also provided by mplayer package.

    This will also install various dependency packages like libtheora, libvorbis, libogg, lame, opencore-amr, x264, xvidcore etc.

3. Install flvtool2

    cPanel has its own ruby installer script. So install ruby using following cPanel script:


    Flvtool2 is available as a Ruby Gems package. Use following gem command to install flvtool2:

    gem install flvtool2

4. Install MP4Box2

    MP4Box is provided by gpac package. Install gpac and its library packages:

    for x86 (32bit system)

    yum install gpac gpac-libs

    for x86_64 (64bit system)

    yum install gpac gpac-libs --exclude "*.i386"

5. Install ffmpeg-php

    Ffmpeg-php requires ffmpeg development package. Install it using yum:
    for x86 (32bit system)

    yum install ffmpeg-devel

    for x86_64 (64bit system)

    yum install ffmpeg-devel --exclude "*.i386"

    Now download the latest ffmpeg-php package:


    Untar this package, build and install it with following commands:

    tar xjf ffmpeg-php-0.6.0.tbz2
    cd ffmpeg-php-0.6.0
    sed -i ‘s/PIX_FMT_RGBA32/PIX_FMT_RGB32/g’ ffmpeg_frame.c
    make install

    The make install command will show PHP extensions path where ffmpeg PHP extension is installed:

    root@server [~/ffmpeg-php-0.6.0]# make install
    Installing shared extensions: /usr/local/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/

    Now edit php.ini file

    nano /usr/local/lib/php.ini

    and make sure that value of extension_dir is set to PHP extension directory as given by above make install command:

    extension_dir = "/usr/local/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613"

    Add following line just below extension_dir and this will enable ffmpeg PHP extension:


    Restart Apache to make this change effective:


    You can verify the status of ffmpeg extension on a PHP info web page or from command line as given below:

    root@server [~]# php -i | grep ffmpeg
    ffmpeg-php version => 0.6.0-svn
    ffmpeg-php built on => Jun 2 2012 20:48:04
    ffmpeg-php gd support => enabled
    ffmpeg libavcodec version => Lavc52.123.0
    ffmpeg libavformat version => Lavf52.111.0
    ffmpeg swscaler version => SwS0.14.1
    ffmpeg.allow_persistent => 0 => 0
    ffmpeg.show_warnings => 0 => 0
    OLDPWD => /root/ffmpeg-php-0.6.0
    _SERVER["OLDPWD"] => /root/ffmpeg-php-0.6.0
    _ENV["OLDPWD"] => /root/ffmpeg-php-0.6.0

6. Installation paths

    Following are the file system paths of tools that we installed:

    ffmpeg: /usr/bin/ffmpeg
    mplayer: /usr/bin/mplayer
    mencoder: /usr/bin/mencoder
    flvtool2: /usr/bin/flvtool2
    MP4Box: /usr/bin/MP4Box

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