FFmpeg Download and Source Code Repository Access

Getting FFmpeg

FFmpeg has always been a very experimental and developer-driven project. It is a key component in many multimedia projects and has new features added constantly. Development branch snapshots work really well 99% of the time so people are not afraid to use them.

FFmpeg Git

FFmpeg is developed with Git. Given the decentralized nature of Git, multiple repositories from developers and groups of developers are available.

You can retrieve the source code through the standard Git client by using the command:

git clone CLONE_URL ffmpeg

where CLONE_URL is one of the Git clone URLs listed in the table below.

Clone URL Browse Snapshot Admin Commiters Description
git://source.ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.git Browse Snapshot Michael Niedermayer All FFmpeg developers Main FFmpeg / libavcodec / libavformat / libavfilter git repository, all work is merged in here, and it is the recommended repository for users and developers to use.
git://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg-web - - Michael Niedermayer All FFmpeg developers Main ffmpeg.org website repository
Other Repositories
https://github.com/FFmpeg/FFmpeg
git://github.com/FFmpeg/FFmpeg.git
Browse Snapshot - - Mirror of the main repository
git://git.libav.org/libav.git Browse Snapshot ? 8 developers
git://gitorious.org/~astrange/ffmpeg/ffmpeg-mt.git Browse Snapshot Alexander Strange Alexander Strange Multithreaded decoding
git://git.khirnov.net/git/libav Browse - Anton Khirnov Anton Khirnov Personal repository with works in progress
git://gitorious.org/~flameeyes/ffmpeg/flameeyes-ffmpeg.git Browse Snapshot Diego E. Pettenò Diego E. Pettenò Personal repository with works in progress
git://github.com/lu-zero/libav.git Browse Snapshot Luca Barbato Luca Barbato Personal repository with works in progress and experiments
git://git.mansr.com/libav.git Browse - Mans Rullgard Mans Rullgard Personal repository with works in progress
git://github.com/justinruggles/Libav Browse - Justin Ruggles Justin Ruggles Personal repository with works in progress
git@gitorious.org:~saste/ffmpeg/sastes-ffmpeg.git Browse - Stefano Sabatini Stefano Sabatini Personal repository with works in progress

FFmpeg Repository Snapshots

For the main ffmpeg repository you can also directly download the source snapshot that we generate each night instead of grabbing a source snapshot from the gitweb URL. This is slightly preferred since it reduces the load on our server.

Alternatively, if you cannot access Git directly or wish to speed up the cloning and reduce the bandwidth usage, we also offer a complete git snapshot tarball that comes with git metadata and version history to bootstrap your local repository.

FFmpeg Linux Builds

FFmpeg Debian packages for oldstable/stable/testing/unstable amd64, i386, powerpc, sparc, ia64, armel, mips, mipsel arches are available at http://www.debian-multimedia.org/

FFmpeg Windows Builds

FFmpeg Windows Builds are available at http://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/

FFmpeg SVN

FFmpeg development has moved to a Git repository, and the SVN repository is no longer updated. The last revision committed to SVN was r26402 on 2011-01-19. The SVN repository may be removed in a near future, so you're recommended to use the Git repository instead.

In order to use the standard SVN client to check out the source code:

svn checkout svn://svn.ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg/trunk ffmpeg

If you cannot access the repository, you are being firewalled somewhere. Our Subversion setup does not work over HTTP/HTTPS, nor will it in the future. There is no point in asking for it, the decision is final.

FFmpeg Releases

At irregular intervals FFmpeg makes releases that represent snapshots of FFmpeg at the moment the release branch was cut. Between major releases point releases will appear that add important bug fixes but no new features. Note that these releases are intended for distributors and system integrators. Users that wish to compile from source themselves are strongly encouraged to consider using the development branch (see above), this is the only version on which FFmpeg developers actively work. The release branches only cherry pick selected changes from the development branch, which therefore receives much more and much faster bug fixes such as additional features and security patches.

FFmpeg 0.9 "Harmony"

0.9 was released on 2011-12-11. It is the latest stable FFmpeg release from the 0.9 release branch, which was cut from master on 2011-12-11. Amongst lots of other changes, it includes all changes from ffmpeg-mt, libav master of 2011-12-11, libav 0.7.2 as of 2011-12-11.

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FFmpeg 0.8.7 "Love"

0.8.7 was released on 2011-11-21. It is a stable FFmpeg release from the 0.8 release branch, which was cut from master on 2011-06-21. Amongst lots of other changes, it includes all changes from ffmpeg-mt, libav master of 2011-06-21, libav 0.7.2 as of 2011-11-21.

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FFmpeg 0.7.8 "Peace"

0.7.8 was released on 2011-11-21. It contains almost all features and bugfixes of 0.8.7 while being compatible with the 0.6 ABI and API.

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FFmpeg 0.6.3 "Works with HTML5"

0.6.3 appeared on 2011-04-26. It is the latest point release from the 0.6 release branch, which was cut on 2010-05-04.

This release is not actively maintained and thus we discourage its use. If you want to maintain this old version, contact us.

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FFmpeg 0.5.6 "half-way to world domination A.K.A. the belligerent blue bike shed"

0.5.6 appeared on 2011-11-21. It is the latest point release from the 0.5 release branch, which was cut on 2009-03-02.

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