Installing ffmpeg (all versions) on debian squeeze and newer

There are currently 5 active ffmpeg release versions 0.7.x up to 0.11.x. This document describes how to install these versions. I’ll leave you with a system ready for you to pick a version you need/want and tell you how to install them. All versions are as complete as possible AND containing nearly all supported codecs.

Add the following to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

and run the command:

You will get an error about a missing signature, install it and update package list with:

Now install these packages:

Install libutvideo manually with:

Install libxavs manually with:

Download the ffmpeg version you prefer here and unpack it with

Now for the default configure and make stuff, start with the configure string below and add the options according to the chosen version:
All versions:

If you’re installing version 0.9, 0.10 or 0.11, add:

If you’re installing version 0.11:

If you’re installing version 0.11, remove:

ffmpeg is now installed.

All done!

This watermark example will put the image “logo.png” in the left top corner of the video (with a 10pixel padding at the top and at left side):

14 thoughts on “Installing ffmpeg (all versions) on debian squeeze and newer

  1. The bookmark to this post has saved me many a times doing installs. Thanks for keeping it up to date. It’s pretty much the ONLY post out there that actually has the install method for installing ffmpeg w/ squeeze with all the libraries needed.

    • You are welcome! I made it because of the fact that there wasn’t indeed a good page on the net that described an ffmpeg install with all “bells and whistles”. I’m glad you like it. I will keep it up to date of course.

  2. Sorry, did not work for me with ffmpeg 0.11.2. Make gave error:

    libavcodec/ undefined reference to `x264_encoder_open_128′

    nm /usr/local/lib/libx264.a |grep x264_encoder_open
    says correct
    00003450 T x264_encoder_open_128

    Now I tried with:

    export LD_LIBARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib

    according to

    But it still fails to compile.
    Then I tried againas root:
    >make distclean
    >export LDFLAGS=”-rpath /usr/local/lib “$LDFLAGS
    >./configure ……

    and it was unable to determine gcc.

    Giving up


    • Don’t just give up like that!
      That thread is 2 years old! I’m guessing you have installed (or not cleaned up properly) and older version of libx264. Make sure you have only 1 libx264 installed, as they say in the thread, if it finds multiple, it’ll grab the first one. Sometimes an old / incorrect symlink to the wrong .so can cause these problems. libx264.a might look good, but check the .so.

      So double check your libx264 .so files and try again!

      Good luck,

  3. Hi. Im french, so sorry for my bad english.

    This tutorial is awesome and it worked perfectly with ffmpeg 0.11.

    I just see that yesterday, ffmpeg 1.0 was released. How can I update from 0.11 to 1.0 ?

    Another question :
    What is utvideo and libxavs for ? Does ffmpeg need this ? Is there any update for this two packages ? And why does not ffmpeg install it automaticaly ?

    Thank in advance for keeping this post up to date. I am beginner with debian and it helped me a lot.

    • Hi David,

      Before you install ffmpeg 1.0 you can go to the source directory of the older ffmpeg you currently have installed and type “make uninstall”. All older ffmpeg binaries etc will be removed from your system and you can install ffmpeg 1.0.


  4. Thanks very much! I was searching 2 hours for install ffmpeg on Debian with libx264 and this is the only tutorial that works!

    • You’re welcome! The how-to is a bit old, but it still works fine (Trying to find time to keep it up-to-date). Glad to hear it’s still working! The reason I made this was that I have searched high and low on the net for a plain and simple way to setup ffmpeg without to much hassle.


  5. Hi,

    I’m trying to get this to work on Debian Wheezy but I get the following error and than nothing of the packages is installed.

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    libxvidcore4-dev : Depends: libxvidcore4 (= 2:1.2.2-0.1) but 2:1.3.2-9 is to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    I’ve tried -f, –force didn’t made a difference

    • There’s a naming issue within both repositories.
      A: libxvidcore4-dev and libxvidcore4 (2:1.2.2-0.1) are in repo.
      B: libxvidcore-dev and libxvidcore4 (2:1.3.2-9) are in repo.
      The it wants to install one packages from repo A and the other from repo B. You can force downloading from a certain repo with the -t option for apt-get. Like so: apt-get install -t deb-multimedia libxvidcore4-dev libxvidcore4

  6. So I’ve been trying to install ffmpeg and handbrake-cli and I found your guide. When I try to install:

    OMVNas:/$ sudo apt-get install subversion unzip frei0r-plugins-dev libdc1394-22-dev libfaac-dev libmp3lame-dev libx264-dev libdirac-dev libxvidcore4-dev libfreetype6-dev libvorbis-dev libgsm1-dev libopencore-amrnb-dev libopencore-amrwb-dev libopenjpeg-dev librtmp-dev libschroedinger-dev libspeex-dev libtheora-dev libva-dev libvpx-dev libvo-amrwbenc-dev libvo-aacenc-dev libaacplus-dev libbz2-dev libgnutls-dev libssl-dev libopenal-dev libv4l-dev libpulse-dev libmodplug-dev libass-dev libcdio-dev libcdio-cdda-dev libcdio-paranoia-dev libvdpau-dev libxfixes-dev libxext-dev libbluray-dev

    It starts to install:

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    subversion is already the newest version.
    unzip is already the newest version.

    But then I get the same errors that I’ve been getting for hours now…

    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    libaacplus-dev : Depends: libaacplus2 (= 2.0.2-dmo1) but it is not going to be installed
    libfaac-dev : Depends: libfaac0 (= 1:1.28-dmo3) but 1.28-0.3 is to be installed
    libmp3lame-dev : Depends: libmp3lame0 (= 1:3.99.5-dmo2) but 3.98.4-0.0 is to be installed
    libx264-dev : Depends: libx264-135 (= 3:0.135.2345+gitf0c1c53-dmo1) but it is not going to be installed
    libxvidcore4-dev : Depends: libxvidcore4 (= 2:1.2.2-0.1) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages

    • Hey!

      I guess dmo removed the dependencies or something because normally, the dependency would install the (f.e. libaacplus2) package as well.
      Just add the missing packages to the install command. Copy paste mine from the post, then add “libaacplus2 libfaac0 … etc”
      That should do the trick.

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