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Static FFmpeg Build

sffmpeg is a simple CMake-based full-featured FFmpeg build helper.

It currently works on Linux and other POSIX systems (with a few tweaks). It has been tested the most heavily on Linux/x86_64 (Ubuntu 18.04). This helper is regularly updated with the latest versions of the FFmpeg dependencies, and provides an effective way to build, test and compare multiple versions of FFmpeg on the same machine.

Build Dependencies

sffmpeg requires the following software to be installed in order to build:

A dependencies check is automatically performed and the build is aborted if a dependency is missing.


Just type the following commands at the shell prompt:

$ git clone
$ cd sffmpeg
$ make

Then go grab a coffee (or maybe ten). The helper will compile all FFmpeg dependencies for you. Once done, you should get an FFmpeg binary in the build/bin directory (with all dependencies statically linked-in).

ffmpeg version 5.1.2 Copyright (c) 2000-2022 the FFmpeg developers
  libavutil      57. 28.100 / 57. 28.100
  libavcodec     59. 37.100 / 59. 37.100
  libavformat    59. 27.100 / 59. 27.100
  libavdevice    59.  7.100 / 59.  7.100
  libavfilter     8. 44.100 /  8. 44.100
  libswscale      6.  7.100 /  6.  7.100
  libswresample   4.  7.100 /  4.  7.100
  libpostproc    56.  6.100 / 56.  6.100
Hyper fast Audio and Video encoder
usage: ffmpeg [options] [[infile options] -i infile]... {[outfile options] outfile}...

From there, you may use the binary immediately or build a Debian package for later deployment (see below).


(requires the devscripts package)

You may optionally build a Debian package by typing the following command at the shell prompt:

$ make deb

The ffmpeg, ffprobe and frmxtract binaries will be installed by the package in the /usr/local/bin directory.

$ sudo dpkg -i ../sffmpeg_5.1.2_amd64.deb
Selecting previously unselected package sffmpeg.
Unpacking sffmpeg (5.1.2) ...
Setting up sffmpeg (5.1.2) ...