How to Install and Use FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04

How to Install and Use FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04

FFmpeg is a cross-platform application to record, convert and stream multimedia files. Multiple software applications and websites are uses ffmpeg for handling of read/write of audio/video files. In addition to use ffmpeg as developer tool, FFmpeg also provides an command-line interface to perform large number of tasks of for audio/video file management, alteration, and analysis.

This tutorial will help you to install ffmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux system.


You must have shell access with sudo privileged account access on your Ubuntu 20.04 system.

It is an good idea to keep your system packages update ot date. So, login to your system and update current packages on your system.

sudo apt update  sudo apt upgrade 

Install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04

The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS contains ffmpeg debian packages under the default repositories. During the article update 4.2.4 is available for the installation.

To install FFmpeg, open a terminal and execute the following commands..

sudo apt update  sudo apt install ffmpeg 

Once the packages installed on your system. Check the version of ffmpeg on your system:

ffmpeg -version 


ffmpeg version 4.2.4-1ubuntu0.1 Copyright (c) 2000-2020 the FFmpeg developers
built with gcc 9 (Ubuntu 9.3.0-10ubuntu2)

Using FFmpeg Command Line

The ffmpeg command line interface provides a large number of options to work with it. Below is the list of basic command line options used with ffmpeg.

FFmpeg command line example

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

As as basic command line example, below command will reduce the size of a .mov file.

Reduce .mov File Size:

ffmpeg -i -c:v libx264 -c:a copy -crf 20 

You can also convert a file format using ffmpeg command line. Below example command will change .mov file to .mp4 video format.

Convert .mov To .mp4

ffmpeg -i -vcodec copy -acodec aac -strict experimental -ab 128k output.mp4 


This tutorial provides you instruction’s to how to install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux system. Also visit the official documentation page to learn more about uses of ffmpeg command line tool.

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