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How to Install Ffmpeg on Arch Linux

FFmpeg is an open-source package that handles multimedia files. The multimedia file management includes various common tasks such as resizing, encoding/decoding, denoising, compressing, creating thumbnails, and much more like tasks. To accomplish these tasks, FFmpeg is enriched with tens of libraries.

In this technologically rich era, tools like FFmpeg are the requirement of all users. Keeping in view the importance of FFmpeg, we have listed down possible methods to install FFmpeg on Arch Linux.

How to install FFmpeg on Arch Linux using Pacman

The official package manager of Arch Linux named Pacman contains FFmpeg. Before installing any package, it is good practice to update the system’s packages:

# pacman -Syu

After the update is completed, install the FFmpeg by issuing the following command.

$ pacman -S ffmpeg

Once the installation is successful, you can check the version as follows.

$ ffmpeg --version 

How to install FFmpeg on Arch Linux using an AUR helper

The AUR (Arch User Repository) contains various packages that are community-driven and are available for Arch Linux users. To install any package from AUR, you need an AUR helper like yay, paru, aura, pacaur, and so on.

Here we used yay in the following manner to install FFmpeg.

$ sudo yay -S ffmpeg-git

Let’s say FFmpeg is already installed using Pacman then yay will ask you to remove FFmpeg as shown below.

However, AUR contains FFmpeg with some optional features as well. To install FFmpeg with additional features, you can use the following command.

$ yay -S ffmpeg-full-git

How to remove FFmpeg on Arch Linux

As the installation was carried out using two methods, you can remove it using Pacman or using AUR helper as well.

Remove FFmpeg using Pacman:

The command written below removes the FFmpeg from Arch Linux. using pacman

$ sudo pacman -R ffmpeg

To remove ffmpeg along with its dependencies, you can use the following command.

$ sudo pacman -Rsn ffmpeg

Remove FFmpeg using AUR helper:

The yay can be used in the following manner to remove FFmpeg.

$ yay -Rcn ffmpeg-git

If the “ffmpeg-full” was installed, then you must specify its name to remove.

$ yay -Rcn ffmpeg-full-git


The FFmpeg is available on the official repository of Arch and AUR (Arch User Repository). This article demonstrates the methods to install FFmpeg using Pacman (Arch package manager) and yay (AUR helper). The FFmpeg manages the multimedia files with the help of numerous libraries supported by it. Because of its association with multimedia content, it is quite a beneficial project in this era.

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