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Libva-utils Project

libva-utils is a collection of utilities and examples to exercise VA-API in accordance with the libva project. --enable-tests (default = no) provides a suite of unit-tests based on Google Test Framework. A driver implementation is necessary to properly operate.

VA-API is an open-source library and API specification, which provides access to graphics hardware acceleration capabilities for video processing. It consists of a main library and driver-specific acceleration backends for each supported hardware vendor.

If you would like to contribute to libva, check our Contributing guide.

We also recommend taking a look at the 'janitorial' bugs in our list of open issues as these bugs can be solved without an extensive knowledge of libva-utils.

We would love to help you start contributing!

The libva-utils development team can be reached via github issues.

Build and Install Libva-utils

Install Libva

You could refer to to install Libva

Build Libva-utils

Take latest libva-utils version:

git clone
cd libva-utils

Build libva-utils by autogen. You could add --enable-tests to run unit test

./ or ./ --enable-tests
sudo make install

or build using Meson

mkdir build
cd build
meson .. or meson .. -Denable-tests
sudo ninja install

Validate your environment

You could run vainfo to check your media stack environment is correct or not as below.

sys@KBL:~/github/libva-utils$ vainfo
Trying display: drm
libva info: VA-API version 1.14.0
libva info: Trying to open /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/dri/
libva info: Found init function __vaDriverInit_1_14
libva info: va_openDriver() returns 0
vainfo: VA-API version: 1.18 (libva 2.18.0.pre1)
vainfo: Driver version: Intel iHD driver for Intel(R) Gen Graphics - 22.3.1 ()
vainfo: Supported profile and entrypoints
      VAProfileMPEG2Simple            : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileMPEG2Main              : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264Main               : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264Main               : VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
      VAProfileH264High               : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264High               : VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
      VAProfileJPEGBaseline           : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileJPEGBaseline           : VAEntrypointEncPicture
      VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline: VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline: VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
      VAProfileVP8Version0_3          : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileHEVCMain               : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileHEVCMain10             : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileVP9Profile0            : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileVP9Profile2            : VAEntrypointVLD