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This is a 3rd party tap for Homebrew. It provides a formula for ffmpeg which includes options for enabling additional features and libraries.

⚠️ Note: This tap is currently not actively maintained. For an up-to-date tap, see homebrew-ffmpeg.


Installation and usage

In order to use this tap, you need to install Homebrew or Linuxbrew.

Then, to run a default installation, run:

brew tap varenc/ffmpeg
brew install varenc/ffmpeg/ffmpeg

Note: If you already have ffmpeg installed from Homebrew core, you will receive an error. You need to first run brew uninstall ffmpeg before you can use this tap.

Installing with options

To see the list of supported options for this formula, run:

brew options varenc/ffmpeg/ffmpeg

Then, you can run:

brew install varenc/ffmpeg/ffmpeg --with-<option1> --with-<option2> ...

Installing latest Git version (HEAD)

FFmpeg recommends installing the latest Git master version over a release. This formula builds the latest release by default, but you can install the latest Git version by adding the --HEAD option:

brew install varenc/ffmpeg/ffmpeg --HEAD

Installing everything

To compile and install ffmpeg with all options, just run:

brew install varenc/ffmpeg/ffmpeg $(brew options varenc/ffmpeg/ffmpeg --compact)

Note that this will perform a full build of ffmpeg and its dependencies, which may take a while depending on your machine's capabilities.


To update Homebrew and upgrade the formula to the most recent stable release:

brew update && brew upgrade varenc/ffmpeg/ffmpeg

Or, if you are using the HEAD version and want to update to the latest commit:

brew update && brew upgrade varenc/ffmpeg/ffmpeg --fetch-HEAD

Included libraries

This formula installs the following libraries by default:

Dependency Description
libaom AV1 encoder
fontconfig Font access library
freetype Freetype font engine
frei0r frei0r filters
lame LAME MP3 encoder
libass ASS subtitle support
libvorbis Vorbis encoder
libvpx VP8 and VP9 encoder
opus Opus encoder
rtmpdump RTMP dumping support
sdl2 Simple DirectMedia Layer
snappy Snappy compression support
theora Theora encoder
x264 x264 H.264 encoder
x265 x265 HEVC encoder
xz XZ compression support

This formula features the following libraries optionally:

Dependency Description Remarks
chromaprint Chromaprint audio fingerprinting library
decklink Enable DeckLink support The DeckLink SDK has to be installed before running the FFmpeg formula. One possibility is to use:
brew install amiaopensource/amiaos/decklinksdk
fdk-aac Fraunhofer FDK AAC library
game-music-emu game-music-emu support
libbluray libbluray support
libbs2b libbs2b support
libcaca libcaca support
libgsm libgsm support
libmodplug libmodplug support
librsvg SVG files as inputs via librsvg
libsoxr soxr resample library
libssh SFTP protocol via libssh
libvidstab vid.stab support for video stabilization
libvmaf VMAF video quality metric
libxml2 libxml2 library
opencore-amr Opencore AMR NR/WB audio format
openh264 OpenH264 library
openjpeg JPEG 2000 image format
openssl SSL support
rtmpdump rtmpdump support
rubberband rubberband library
speex speex support
srt SRT library
tesseract tesseract OCR engine
two-lame two-lame support
wavpack wavpack support
webp libwebp to encode WEBP images
xvid xvid support
zeromq libzeromq to receive commands sent through a libzeromq client
zimg z.lib zimg library


To report issues, please file an issue on GitHub. Please note that we will only be able to help with issues that are exclusive to this tap.

If the problem is reproducible with the homebrew-core version of ffmpeg, please file it on their tracker.


  • Chris Varenhorst (@varenc)


A homebrew tap for an ffmpeg formula with lots of options






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