How to install ffmpeg, ffmpeg-php on CentOS 6/7 (Cpanel Server)


For EL6:

rpm -Uvh
rpm -Uvh

Install FFMpeg from ATRPMS Repository:

yum -y install ffmpeg ffmpeg-devel

How to check if FFMPEG is working?

Verify the ffmpeg version:

ffmpeg -version
[root@centos:~]ffmpeg -version
ffmpeg version 2.2.1
built on Apr 13 2014 13:00:18 with gcc 4.4.6 (GCC) 20120305 (Red Hat 4.4.6-4)
configuration: --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64 --shlibdir=/usr/lib64 --mandir=/usr/share/man --enable-shared --enable-runtime-cpudetect --enable-gpl --enable-version3 --enable-postproc --enable-avfilter --enable-pthreads --enable-x11grab --enable-vdpau --disable-avisynth --enable-frei0r --enable-libopencv --enable-libdc1394 --enable-libgsm --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libnut --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-librtmp --enable-libspeex --enable-libtheora --enable-libvorbis --enable-libvpx --enable-libx264 --enable-libxavs --enable-libxvid --extra-cflags='-O2 -g -pipe -Wall -Wp,-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fexceptions -fstack-protector --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -m64 -mtune=generic -fPIC' --disable-stripping
libavutil      52. 66.100 / 52. 66.100
libavcodec     55. 52.102 / 55. 52.102
libavformat    55. 33.100 / 55. 33.100
libavdevice    55. 10.100 / 55. 10.100
libavfilter     4.  2.100 /  4.  2.100
libswscale      2.  5.102 /  2.  5.102
libswresample   0. 18.100 /  0. 18.100
libpostproc    52.  3.100 / 52.  3.100

Check the supported formats:

ffmpeg -formats

Test converting videos. Here’s an example from mp4 to h264:

cd /usr/local/src
ffmpeg -i Woodstock_Festival_Trailer.avi -vcodec libx264 Woodstock_Festival_Trailer-H264.avi

After done, you should see the new H264 file:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 20M May 4 2006 Woodstock_Festival_Trailer.avi
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 15M Jan 30 10:01 Woodstock_Festival_Trailer-H264.avi

How can I work with ffmpeg using PHP?

Simple.  Just install php-ffmpeg extension. First, install REMI repo in order to get your php-ffmpeg package as below:

Let’s download the RPM file for CentOS 5.x and CentOS 6.x:

EPEL repo for  Centos 5.x

rpm -Uvh epel-release-5*.rpm

EPEL repo for Centos 6.x

rpm -Uvh  epel-release-6*.rpm

EPEL repo for Centos 7.x

rpm -Uvh  epel-release-6*.rpm

That command will install the EPEL repo inside your /etc/yum.repos.d directory.


Manually, install FFmpeg-Php
        cd /usr/local/src
        tar jxvf ffmpeg-php-0.6.0.tbz2
        cd ffmpeg-php-0.6.0
If you get (error make: *** [ffmpeg_frame.lo] Error 1) do this commands.
sed -i 's/PIX_FMT_RGBA32/PIX_FMT_RGB32/g' ffmpeg_frame.c
 vi ffmpeg_frame.c
Then rerun "./configure && make" and if all went fine make install make install If no error skil to step 5. Step 5. Now adding to php.ini echo '' >> /usr/local/lib/php.ini Step 6. Now test php with ffmpeg php -r 'phpinfo();' | grep ffmpeg

-i | grep ffmpeg -i

ffmpeg-php version => 0.7.0
ffmpeg-php built on => Jan  1 2013 09:50:55
ffmpeg-php gd support  => enabled
ffmpeg libavcodec version => Lavc53.61.100
ffmpeg libavcodec license => GPL version 3 or later
ffmpeg libavformat version => Lavf53.32.100
ffmpeg libavformat license => GPL version 3 or later
ffmpeg swscaler version => SwS2.1.100
ffmpeg swscaler license => GPL version 3 or later

When you run command ./configure if you get error: configure: error: ffmpeg headers not found. Make sure ffmpeg is compiled as shared libraries using the –enable-shared option. Check some library with command:

rpm -ql ffmpeg-devel

In On CentOS 6/7 with nux-dextop installed ffmpeg-devel

locate avio.h avformat.h avcodec.h

Now  do command:

[root@centos ffmpeg-php-0.6.0]# strace -f -o /ffmpeg-strace ./configure --with-php-config=/usr/bin/php-config --with-ffmpeg=/usr --includedir=/usr/include/ffmpeg


cat /ffmpeg-strace | egrep 'avio.h|avformat.h|avcodec.h'

Looks like ffmpeg-devel installed headers at

  • /usr/include/ffmpeg/libavcodec/avcodec.h
  • /usr/include/ffmpeg/libavfilter/avcodec.h
  • /usr/include/ffmpeg/libavformat/libavformat.h
  • /usr/include/ffmpeg/libavformat/avio.h

Problem is specific to avcodec.h, avformat.h, avio.h and swscale.h – so what about symlinking them

ln -s /usr/include/ffmpeg/libavcodec/avcodec.h /usr/include/ffmpeg/avcodec.h
ln -s /usr/include/ffmpeg/libavformat/libavformat.h /usr/include/ffmpeg/libavformat.h
ln -s /usr/include/ffmpeg/libavformat/libavformat.h /usr/include/ffmpeg/libavformat.h
ln -s /usr/include/ffmpeg/libswscale/swscale.h /usr/include/ffmpeg/swscale.h

Then configure and make again:

./configure && make