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I’m on Ubuntu 14.04 which has no ffmpeg. Instead, it uses avconv. However, an application I want to use relies on ffmpeg. So I tried the following:

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/avconv /usr/bin/ffmpeg

to create a symbolic link from the (not present) ffmpeg binary to the avconc binary. However, when I type the ffmpeg command to my terminal, it still says: 'Command not found.'

Is there a way to symlink the ffmpeg command to avconv a bit like I did it with the binaries?

  • Ubuntu 14.04's avconv automatically adds that symlink, you shouldn't have to manually create it. Please add output of type -a ffmpeg and ldd $(which ffmpeg) to your post – muru Jan 5 '17 at 10:41
  • @muru The so-called "ffmpeg" from libav-tools is not from FFmpeg and is missing many features. Also, IIRC, the fake "ffmpeg" was removed by 14.04. – llogan Jan 5 '17 at 18:59
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Symlinking is usually a messy way to do this, and avconv is a very poor "replacement" for ffmpeg. You have some other options though:

Some additional, but probably less helpful options:

  • Compile ffmpeg.
  • Or upgrade Ubuntu. Recent versions provide ffmpeg from FFmpeg.

* I'm assuming your application is looking for ffmpeg via your user's PATH and not pointing to an absolute, hardcoded, specific directory.

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