FFmpeg static builds can be downloaded for every major operating system. They are built from recent development versions and include executables for you to run without the need to compile FFmpeg.
Download static builds for Linux here:
FFmpeg packages are also offered for some distributions:
Windows Builds are available at Zeranoe FFmpeg Builds.
Development branch snapshots work really well 99% of the time, so don't be afraid to use them. You can retrieve the latest source code through the standard Git client by using the command:
git clone git://source.ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.git ffmpeg
If you find FFmpeg useful, you are welcome to contribute by donating.
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 is developed with Git. Given the decentralized nature of Git, multiple repositories from developers and groups of developers are available.
|git://source.ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.git||Browse||Snapshot||Michael Niedermayer||All FFmpeg developers who want to have direct access||Main FFmpeg / libavcodec / libavformat / libavfilter / libavutil / libswscale / libswresample 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 who want to have direct access||Main ffmpeg.org website repository|
|git://git.ffmpeg.org/fateserver||-||-||Michael Niedermayer||All FFmpeg developers who want to have direct access||Main ffmpeg.org FATE repository|
|Browse||Snapshot||-||-||Mirror of the main repository|
|git://gitorious.org/~astrange/ffmpeg/ffmpeg-mt.git||Browse||Snapshot||Alexander Strange||Alexander Strange||Multithreaded decoding|
|https://github.com/cehoyos/FFmpeg.git||Browse||-||Carl Eugen Hoyos||Carl Eugen Hoyos|
|https://github.com/ubitux/FFmpeg.git||Browse||-||Clément Bœsch||Clément Bœsch|
|https://github.com/dwbuiten/FFmpeg||Browse||-||Derek Buitenhuis||Derek Buitenhuis|
|git://gitorious.org/~flameeyes/ffmpeg/flameeyes-ffmpeg.git||Browse||Snapshot||Diego E. Pettenò||Diego E. Pettenò||Personal repository with works in progress|
|git://git.1f0.de/ffmpeg.git||Browse||-||Hendrik Leppkes||Hendrik Leppkes|
|https://github.com/josephwecker/FFmpeg.git||Browse||-||Joseph Wecker||Joseph Wecker|
|git://github.com/justinruggles/Libav||Browse||-||Justin Ruggles||Justin Ruggles||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|
|https://github.com/cus/ffplay.git||Browse||-||Marton Balint||Marton Balint||FFplay|
|https://github.com/mbouron/FFmpeg||Browse||-||Matthieu Bouron||Matthieu Bouron|
|https://github.com/mjbshaw/FFmpeg-OpenJPEG-J2K-Encoder||Browse||-||Michael Bradshaw||Michael Bradshaw||Personal repository with works in progress and experiments relating to the OpenJPEG encoder|
|https://github.com/takis/FFmpeg||Browse||-||Panagiotis H.M. Issaris||Panagiotis H.M. Issaris|
|https://github.com/richardpl/FFmpeg.git||Browse||-||Paul B Mahol||Paul B Mahol|
|https://github.com/philipl/ffmpeg-crystalhd||Browse||-||Philip Langdale||Philip Langdale||CrystalHD|
|https://github.com/BastyCDGS/ffmpeg-soc.git||Browse||-||Sebastian Vater||Sebastian Vater|
|https://github.com/dilaroga/ffmpeg-vda.git||Browse||-||Sebastien Zwickert||Sebastien Zwickert||VDA|
|email@example.com:~saste/ffmpeg/sastes-ffmpeg.git||Browse||-||Stefano Sabatini||Stefano Sabatini||Personal repository with works in progress|
|https://github.com/Tjoppen/FFmpeg||Browse||-||Tomas Härdin||Tomas Härdin|
Note, if you have a public clone of ffmpeg and want to be listed above, contact us.
Approximately every 3 months the FFmpeg project makes a new major release. 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.
2.1.4 was released on 2014-02-24. It is the latest stable FFmpeg release from the 2.1 release branch, which was cut from master on 2013-10-28. Amongst lots of other changes, it includes all changes from ffmpeg-mt, libav master of 2013-10-27, libav 9 as of 2013-10-27.
It includes the following library versions:
libavutil 52. 48.101 libavcodec 55. 39.101 libavformat 55. 19.104 libavdevice 55. 5.100 libavfilter 3. 90.100 libswscale 2. 5.101 libswresample 0. 17.104 libpostproc 52. 3.100
1.2.6 was released on 2014-03-05. It is the latest stable FFmpeg release from the 1.2 release branch, which was cut from master on 2013-03-07. Amongst lots of other changes, it includes all changes from ffmpeg-mt, libav master of 2013-03-07, libav 9 as of 2013-03-07.
It includes the following library versions:
libavutil 52. 18.100 libavcodec 54. 92.100 libavformat 54. 63.104 libavdevice 54. 3.103 libavfilter 3. 42.103 libswscale 2. 2.100 libswresample 0. 17.102 libpostproc 52. 2.100
Older versions are available at the Old Releases page.