How to install ffmpeg on C9


I need to install ffmpeg (and ffprobe and libmp3lame) in my C9 workspace, and it turns out this is particularly tricky on Ubuntu 14.04.

The full situation is described here:

Some suggest just installing the ‘avconv’ fork instead, but I’m trying to use an NPM module (fluent-ffmpeg) which wants ffmpeg and it sounds like there are differences. I think most users would want the ‘real’ ffmpeg.

So I decided to try the solution proposed in this answer:

I skipped the dist-upgrade step, as did others.

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:mc3man/trusty-media
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

The final command produces the following output:

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

Sounds like ffmpeg is no longer available in this PPA, but that was the most up-to-date suggestion I could find.

Any beter ideas?


Any luck with a solution so far?