How To Install FFmpeg, Mplayer, Mencoder, FFmpeg-PHP on CentOS 6.x

In this how to i will describe how to install ffmpeg, mplayer, mencoder, flvtool2, ffmpeg-php with all supported codecs to convert / manipulate videos easily on CentOS 6.x. If you want to run sites like youtube e.g, this howto will help you to install the base for your software. There are many other way to perform this but this works for me, so i want to share.

1 Setting Up RPMForge Respository.

RPMForge repository ( is the biggest rpm respository for RHEL, CentOS for all versions. To enable RPMForge respository run following command to install all necessary files for getting RPMForge repository. The following command directly install rpm from site.

For i386/i686

rpm -Uhv

For x86_64

rpm -Uhv

This rpm will add necessary files in our repository configuration and can be viewed at /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmforge.repo

2 Install ffmpeg, mplayer, mencoder with all supported modules.

Now we have rpmforge repository, so we will use yum to install ffmpeg, mplayer, mencoder as well as all dependent software.

yum -y install ffmpeg ffmpeg-devel mplayer mencoder flvtool2

This command will some time to download and install all packages depends on your internet speed.

3 Install FFMPEG-PHP

ffmpeg-php is an extension for PHP that adds an easy to use, object-oriented API for accessing and retrieving information from video and audio files. ffmpeg-devel and php-devel is needed to compile ffmpeg-php from source code. Use following steps to install ffmpeg-php

cd /usr/src
tar jxvf ffmpeg-php-0.6.0.tbz2
cd ffmpeg-php-0.6.0
make install

It will copy the module in php default module location. Now you have to edit php.ini file to enable ffmpeg-php support in it by using module.

vi /etc/php.ini

and append following line

Restart apache service to take effect of php.ini

/etc/init.d/httpd restart

Run following command to ffmpeg module listing in php.

php -m | grep ffmpeg

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