How to Install FFmpeg on Windows
This wikiHow teaches you how to install FFmpeg onto your Windows 10 computer. FFmpeg is a command line-only program that allows you to convert videos and audio into different formats, as well as record live audio and video.
Open the FFmpeg download site.Go to in your computer's web browser.
- Although there is a dedicated FFmpeg website, the file that you can download from there won't work with Windows 10.
ClickDownload Build.It's a blue button on the right side of the page. FFmpeg will begin downloading onto your computer.
- Depending on your browser's settings, you may first have to select a save location or confirm the download.
Open the FFmpeg download folder.Double-click the downloaded FFmpeg ZIP folder to do so.
Extract the FFmpeg folder.You can use your computer's built-in unzip feature to do this:
- Click theExtracttab at the top of the window.
- ClickExtract all
- ClickExtractat the bottom of the window.
- Wait for the window to open.
Rename the extracted folder.In the window that opens, you'll see a folder entitled "ffmpeg-20180424-d9706f7-win64-static". You'll need to rename this folder to "FFmpeg" by doing the following:
- Click the folder once to select it.
- Click theHometab at the top of the window.
- ClickRenamein the "Organize" section of the toolbar.
- Type inFFmpegand then pressEnter.
Copy the "FFmpeg" folder.Select the "FFmpeg" folder if it isn't already selected, then pressCtrl+Cto copy it.
- If you don't want to save a copy of the "FFmpeg" folder here, you can pressCtrl+Xinstead.
ClickThis PC.It's a folder on the left side of the window, though you may need to scroll up to see it. Doing so opens the This PC window.
Open your hard drive's folder.Double-click the hard drive folder (usually the "OS (C:)" folder) below the "Devices and drives" heading in the middle of the window.
- If you don't see any folders listed below the "Devices and drives" heading, clickDevices and drivesonce to force the folders to display.
Paste in the "FFmpeg" folder.Click a blank space anywhere inside of the folder, then pressCtrl+V. This will paste the copied "FFmpeg" folder into your computer's hard drive folder. After doing this, you can proceed with .
Enabling FFmpeg in the Command Line
ClickThis PC.It's a folder on the left side of the window, though you may need to scroll up to find it. This will take you back to the This PC folder.
- If you closed File Explorer, clickStart , type inthis pc, and clickThis PCat the top of the Start menu.
ClickComputer.This tab is in the upper-left side of the This PC window.
ClickProperties.It's a red checkmark on a white box that you'll find in the upper-left side of the window. Doing so opens the Properties window.
ClickAdvanced system settings.This link is in the upper-left side of the Properties window. A new window will open.
ClickEnvironment Variables….You'll find this button near the bottom of the window. Doing so opens yet another window.
- If you don't see this option, first click theAdvancedtab at the top of the window.
Double-click the value.You'll find this value in the "User variables for [name]" section at the top of the window. This will open thePathvariable's window.
- If you don't see thePathentry, try scrolling up or down with your mouse cursor in the "User variables" section.
- If you want to enable FFmpeg for all users on this computer, you'll instead double-clickPathin the "System variables" section near the bottom of the window.
Click .It's on the right side of the window. This will create a new text field in the window.
Enter the path to the "FFmpeg" library.TypeC:\FFmpeg\bininto the text field, then clickOK.
Click on both open windows.At this point, FFmpeg is enabled for Command Prompt, though you're free to to ensure that it installed correctly.
Open Start .Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen. This will open the Start menu.
Search for Command Prompt.Type incommand promptinto Start. This will bring up the Command Prompt app icon at the top of the Start menu.
Open Command Prompt in administrator mode.Right-click Command Promptat the top of the menu, then clickRun as administratorand clickYeswhen prompted.
Check your FFmpeg version.Type inffmpeg -versionand pressEnter. This should bring up a list of information about FFmpeg.
- If you instead see the phrase "'ffmpeg' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file" appear, you may have misspelled the path name.
QuestionHow can I watch HEVC videos?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe newest version of VLC can play HEVC. FFplay, which comes with FFmpeg, can also play them.Thanks!
QuestionWhy is 'ffmpeg-version' not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerInsert a space between "ffmpeg" and "-version"; -version is a switch on the ffmpeg command/program.Thanks!
QuestionI followed the instructions but the c:\Users\David>;ffmpeg -version" command returned 'ffmpeg' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. What went wrong?Ermal KociCommunity AnswerAdd a "\" to the end of the PATH variable. So change it from c:\FFmpeg\bin to c:\FFmpeg\bin\.Thanks!
QuestionWhat versions of Windows does FFmpeg work with?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWindows 7 or above, MacOS 10.x.x.x or above.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if I get a message saying FFmpeg is not recognized as an internal or external command or operable program or batch file?BryanFailingCommunity AnswerYou probably did not set the environment variable properly. The previous version of the wiki had an incorrect environment variable (including the filename). Try including just the path - e.g., C:\FFmpeg\bin\ or wherever you chose to copy the files.Thanks!
How do I get the information on my path back?
After doing it all and entering the command FFMPEG -VERSION it says that it is not recognized as an internal or external command?
I keep getting ffmpeg.exe has stopped working. is this a virus related problem? How to solve?
I did everything but it says in the command prompt '-FFMPEG is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file'. What did I do wrong?
What if it says that FFMPEG isn't recognized?
- For those familiar with Command Prompt, FFmpeg is a quick and easy way to convert proprietary video formats (e.g., .WMA) into common video files (e.g., .MP4).
- Windows 10 includes both a Command Prompt program and a PowerShell program. While both are similar in function, you'll want to stick to Command Prompt for FFmpeg.
- FFmpeg is a command line-only program, which means that you can only use it in Command Prompt. This may prove difficult for users who aren't familiar with Command Prompt.
- You must be on an administrator account in order to install FFmpeg.
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