This tutorial will help you to install ffmpeg on Debian 10 Linux system.

Install FFmpeg on Debian 10

At the day of writing this article, the FFmpeg 4.1.6 is available under the default apt repositories. You can use the apt command line utility to install ffmpeg on your Debian 10 Linux system. Next check the installed version of ffmpeg on your Debian system. Output:

Working with FFmpeg

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 -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: 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


This tutorial provides you instruction’s to how to install ffmpeg on debian 10 Linux system. You can also visit the official documentation page to learn more about ffmpeg uses on Linux system.