For my recording project I need to use a tool which needs a new version of gstreamer. I've seen that 1.6.3 is the last stable version of it but don't know if it's possible to install it on my system (ubuntu 14.04 / 4.1.6-040106-generic) if yes, what's the easiest way to install?

What about kernel 3.16.0-57-generic? which stable version of gstreamer do you suggest to install on this kernel?

p.s: I've tried the main repos but it seems they install an older version which is not good for my purpose.

Any help is appreciate it.

  • you could build it from source
    – mchid
    Jan 21, 2016 at 11:36
  • how new do you need? ubuntu 15.10 has version 1.6.0
    – mchid
    Jan 21, 2016 at 11:37
  • I'm on 14.04 therefor I need to install the newest stable version on it (at least 1.5) on both of the kernel versions mentioned
    – Sina Sh
    Jan 21, 2016 at 11:49

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If you want to compile it from source you can run the following commands.

First, install some dependencies:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install autoconf automake libtool build-essential ubuntu-restricted-extras autopoint flex bison gtk-doc-tools

Then, download the sourcecode:

wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gstreamer/gstreamer-1.6.3.tar.xz

Extract the file and change to the directory of the extracted file:

tar xvf gstreamer-1.6.3.tar.xz
cd gstreamer-1.6.3

Now, run the following command:


You should see no errors here and it should return the line "Now type 'make' to compile gstreamer."

Compile the code:


At the end of the output, you should see no errors in the lines beginning with make[4], make[1], make[2], or make[3].

Run the following command to test:

./tools/gst-launch-1.0 -v fakesrc num_buffers=5 ! fakesink

If you see no errors, proceed.

Finally, install gstreamer 1.6.3:

sudo make install
sudo ldconfig

Click here to see more plugins (ugly, bad, good, base).

You have two options,the easy way and the hard way. First:


Here is how to compile the plugins. First install some dependencies:

sudo apt-get build-dep orc gst-plugins-base1.0 gst-plugins-good1.0 gst-plugins-bad1.0 gst-plugins-ugly1.0 gst-libav1.0

Next, make a directory to work in and download the source packages:

wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/orc/orc-0.4.24.tar.xz 
wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gst-libav/gst-libav-1.6.3.tar.xz 
wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gst-plugins-base/gst-plugins-base-1.6.3.tar.xz 
wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gst-plugins-good/gst-plugins-good-1.6.3.tar.xz 
wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gst-plugins-bad/gst-plugins-bad-1.6.3.tar.xz 
wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gst-plugins-ugly/gst-plugins-ugly-1.6.3.tar.xz

Extract the archives:

tar xvf gst*lib*xz
tar xvf g*p*b*e*z
tar xvf g*p*g*g*d*z
tar xvf g*p*b*d*z
tar xvf g*p*y*z
tar xvf orc* 

cd orc
sudo make install
cd ..

Ignore any warnings; there should be no errors.

base plugins

cd g*base*

If there are plugins listed under configure: *** Plug-ins with dependencies that will NOT be built: you may need to install dependencies for them.

For example, if ogg is listed, run the following command to search for available packages:

apt-cache search libogg | grep dev

Among the listed packages should be libogg-dev. To install it, just use apt-get like so:

sudo apt-get install libogg-dev

I could not find dependencies that satisfy ivorbisdec so don't worry about that one unless you really need it. Run ./configure again after installing dependencies and then proceed if you are satisfied.

sudo make install
cd ..

Again, there should be no errors on the lines near the end of the output: make[4], make[3], make[2], and make[1].

good plugins

cd g*good*

Do the same here with the dependencies. I was not able to find the dependencies for the following plugins:






Again, run ./configure after adding dependencies and proceed when you are satisfied:

sudo make install

bad plugins

cd g*bad*

There was a whole list of plugins not built here, I didn't even try to track down. If you have problems with GStreamer later on like if something doesn't work, you can check but I wouldn't bother here unless there are issues.

sudo make install
cd ..

Do the same for the remaining plugins.


To install ppa versions through apt-get, run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dan-witt/gstreamer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0

This will install gstreamer and all the plugins version 1.6.

Click here for more info about the ppa.

  • First of all thank you! Shall I remove the prev. version first? and one more thing, I couldn't understand how to install (clone) the good plugins first, don't they get installed when I install the gstreamer itself automatically?
    – Sina Sh
    Jan 22, 2016 at 18:21
  • @SinaSh You shouldn't need to remove it because it installs under /usr/local/bin. /usr/local/bin is before /usr/bin on your $PATH so the system should use whatever is in /usr/local/bin first. I will post more instructions for the plugins.
    – mchid
    Jan 23, 2016 at 2:56
  • @SinaSh If you haven't already built the plugins, I found a ppa that will install the version 1.6 plugins through apt-get THE EASY WAY Instructions are at the end of my post.
    – mchid
    Jan 23, 2016 at 23:43
  • The steps are old. You're better off reading the README in gstreamer-1.19.1.tar.xz to install latest gstreamer. It uses meson and ninja.
    – zeitgeist
    Sep 6, 2021 at 13:48

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