No ffmpeg available

On raspbmc I’d just do

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg,

now in OSMC I get

E: Package 'ffmpeg' has no installation candidate

I would really like to see a command line ffmpeg available, as I often use it to transcode things. Is there any chance this could be made available as described above?


No idea on Debian and the ffmpeg/libav love affair as I no longer follow it, but recall Debian needing additional repos to pull it in.


In the words of Derek Acorah, thank you Sam. I’ll check this out and report back.

You can compile your own,
There is a how to here:

Debian favours avconv over ffmpeg. Install with:

sudo apt-get install libav-tools

avconv is very similar to ffmpeg.

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I just ran into this issue as well when trying to save from SVTplay. :frowning:
See this thread.
When you say one can use avconv as a replacement for ffmpeg, could you give an example of a command line that would download a stream from SVTplay to a local mp4 file?

I would be grateful to find a solution that actually works on OSMC…

Hello, I am trying to compile one of the components for FFMPEG (libaacplus) and it tells me that I do not have libtool, though I clearly have libtool installed. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

osmc@osmc:~/src/libaacplus-2.0.2$ ./ --with-parameter-expansion-string-replace-capable-shell=/bin/bash --host=arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi --enable-static

You must have libtool installed to compile libaacplus.
Download the appropriate package for your system,
or get the source from one of the GNU ftp sites
listed in
osmc@osmc:~/src/libaacplus-2.0.2$ dpkg -l |grep libtool
ii libtool 2.4.2-1.11 all Generic library support script

Damn! Note to self.
Read the source code before posting.
It turned out to be a very simple fix.
In the file I just commented out the part that checked for libtool!
because I checked and the only command they used was libtoolize and I had that.