How to Install FFmpeg 4.3 in via PPA Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04

June 19, 2020 — Leave a comment


FFmpeg 4.3 was released a few days ago as the new major release. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Linux Mint 18.x, 19.x.

What’s new in FFmpeg 4.3:

  • Intel QSV-accelerated MJPEG decoding
  • Intel QSV-accelerated VP9 decoding
  • Support for TrueHD in mp4
  • Support AMD AMF encoder on Linux (via Vulkan)
  • Vulkan support.
  • AV1 encoding support via rav1e, an AV1 Annex B demuxer.
  • ZeroMQ support
  • VDPAU VP9 decode
  • And much more other features, see Changelog file in Github.

How to Install FFmpeg 4.3 via PPA:

The unofficial PPA has built the packages, so far only support for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 16.04.

1.) Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard, or by searching for ‘terminal’ from your system application menu. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/ffmpeg-4

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Then refresh system package cache and install FFmpeg 4.3 via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install ffmpeg

Once installed, check version via ffmpeg -v command:


To remove the PPA repository as well as downgrade FFmpeg to the stock version, run command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:jonathonf/ffmpeg-4

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