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Install ffmpeg

Is it possible to install ffmpeg on Local By Flywheel?

If you’re on Local Lightning (Local version 5 and newer), you will need to install ffmpeg on your native operating system by doing one of the following:


  1. Install Homebrew if it’s not already: https://brew.sh/
  2. Run brew install ffmpeg


  1. Install Chocolatey if not already: https://chocolatey.org/
  2. Run choco install ffmpeg. See https://chocolatey.org/packages/ffmpeg for more details.

Linux (Ubuntu/Debian-based)

  1. Run apt-get update
  2. Run apt install ffmpeg

If you’re using Local by Flywheel (version 3.3 and below), you can install it into a site container by doing the following:

  1. Right-click on a Site in the sidebar and go to “Open Site SSH”
  2. Run apt-get update && apt install ffmpeg

This is the first time I hear anything about Local Lightning. I wonder why? Is it still in Beta?

I have version 3.3. I will look into it according to your info. Thanks you very much.

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Yup! It’s still in beta but it’s coming out of beta very soon.

Thanks for the update.
Regarding ffmpeg, when I try to install it according to your instructions, then I get this message that i can’t find ffmpeg.

Package ffmpeg is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package ‘ffmpeg’ has no installation candidate

I’m seeing reports of ffmpeg not being in the official repositories for Ubuntu 14.

Instead, apt install libav-tools is being recommended.

See https://askubuntu.com/questions/432542/is-ffmpeg-missing-from-the-official-repositories-in-14-04 for more details.

Thanks Clay for your feedback! :slight_smile:
I also had read that post, but was unsure since its from 2014.
I will try it and see if I can install it.

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