How To Install Ffmpeg On Mac

FFmpeg is an essential tool for anyone working with multimedia data. It is a free software that can record, convert, and stream digital audio and video in numerous formats. This blog post will guide you through the process of installing FFmpeg on a Mac system.


Before we begin, you need to install Homebrew, a package manager for macOS that simplifies the installation of software. If you haven’t installed Homebrew yet, you can do so by entering the following command in your terminal:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Installing FFmpeg

Once you have installed Homebrew, installing FFmpeg is simple. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open Terminal

You can find Terminal by navigating to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

Step 2: Update Homebrew

Before installing FFmpeg, it’s a good idea to update Homebrew to make sure you’re getting the latest version. You can update Homebrew with the following command:

brew update

Step 3: Install FFmpeg

Now, you’re ready to install FFmpeg. To do this, simply type the following command in Terminal and press enter:

brew install ffmpeg

Verifying the Installation

To check if FFmpeg was installed successfully, you can use the ffmpeg -version command. If FFmpeg is installed, this command will display the version of FFmpeg that is currently installed on your system. The command is as follows:

ffmpeg -version

If the installation was successful, you should see an output similar to this one:

ffmpeg version 4.2.1 Copyright (c) 2000-2019 the FFmpeg developers
built with Apple clang version 11.0.0 (clang-1100.0.33.8)


That’s all there is to it! You have successfully installed FFmpeg on your Mac system. FFmpeg is an incredibly versatile tool that will help you to manage your multimedia data efficiently and effectively. If you have any questions or run into any issues, feel free to leave a comment below, and we’ll do our best to help you out.