How to download and install FFmpeg on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
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How to install FFmpeg on Windows 10

FFmpeg is a popular open-source tool that is used to perform several operations on audio and video files. These operations include multiplexing, de-multiplexing, encoding, decoding, filtering, streaming etc.

It is also used for scaling and rotating videos, extracting information regarding files stored on your Windows PC.

However, FFmpeg does not come with a GUI and that is why users often experience problems while installing FFmpeg on their Windows 10 systems.

Follow this installation guide if you are wondering how you can install FFmpeg on Windows 10.

How do I install FFmpeg on Windows 10?

1. Download FFmpeg installation files

  1. First and foremost, visit the official website of FFmpeg to download the installation files.
  2. Locate the version of FFmpeg that meets your processer and operating system requirements and click the download linkdownload ffmpeg windows 10 how to download & install
  3. Wait until the download process is complete and unzip the download folder. click extract ffmpeg windows 10 how to download & install
  4. Now right-click the new folder, click rename and type FFmpeg to change its default name.
  5. Righ-click the FFmpeg folder and click Copy. Go to your C drive and paste the FFmpeg folder there. It will allow you to run the FFmpeg commands in the command prompt.

2. Use Environment variables to add FFmpeg to Windows 10 path

  1. To enable FFmpeg in Command Prompt, right-click This PC and select Properties.
  2. Navigate to the top left-hand side of your screen and click Advanced System Settings.
  3. Click the Advanced tab and select the Environment Variables option at the bottom of the window. click environment variables ffmpeg windows 10 how to download & install
  4. Once the Environment Variables window is open, double click the Path variable under the User variables for lamba section to Edit it. edit path ffmpeg windows 10 how to download & install
  5. Click the New button, paste C:FFmpegbin and click OK to save the new path. add new path ffmpeg windows 10 how to download & install
  6. FFmpeg files are now added to the system path on your Windows 10 PC. Finally, close the environment variable window to use FFmpeg.

3. Verify FFmpeg path in Command Prompt

  1. Now you need to check if the installation process, press Windows+X keys and click Command Prompt (Admin) to run Command Prompt in the Administrator mode.
  2. Once the Command Prompt opens on your screen, type ffmpeg -version and hit the Enter key. If FFmpeg is installed on your Windows 10 system, you will see details such as configuration or version number. check version ffmpeg windows 10 how to download & install
  3. However, if the installation is unsuccessful you will see the following message:

‘ffmpeg’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

In this case, check to see if you have properly followed all the steps to add the FFmpeg folder the system path.

We hope that these instructions helped you to install FFmpeg on your Windows 10 system.  If you have any questions, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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