May 2, 2022

How to Install FFmpeg on macOS manually

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In today’s tutorial, we will learn “How to Install FFmpeg on macOS manually”. FFmpeg is a free and open-source software project consisting of a suite of libraries and programs for handling video, audio, and other multimedia files and streams. At its core is the command-line FFmpeg tool itself, designed for processing video and audio files.


Download FFmpeg

  • Go to the official FFmpeg Site –
  • Click the Apple logo in the “Get packages & executable files” section.
  • Click the “Static builds for macOS 64-bit” Link.
  • There are two options for downloading FFmpeg. Choose the one with the shorter filename.
  • Example – ffmpeg-<versionNumber>.7z, where <versionNumber> is something like 5.0.1.
  • Now click the “Download as ZIP” Link.

Extract FFmpeg


  • To do this, let’s open your Downloads folder.
  • Double-click ffmpeg-<versionNumber>.zip
  • This will extract it using the Archive Utility and create an executable ffmpeg file in Downloads Folder.

Move FFmpeg to the right location.

  • Open your home folder.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut command + shift + H  It will open the home folder.
  • Create a new folder called FFmpeg in your home folder.
  • Create a new folder called bin in FFmpeg.
  • Move the FFmpeg  files  Downloads into this bin folder.

Authorize / Install FFmpeg

  • Double-click the file called ffmpeg.
  • You should see an error message “FFmpeg can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”. Click “OK”.
  • Go to System Preferences > Security and Privacy and click on the General tab.
  • At the bottom of the window, you will see a message saying that FFmpeg was blocked. Click “Open Anyway”.
    • If you do not see this message in the General tab, double-click ffmpeg again.
    • You may have to click the “unlock” button and enter your password to be able to click “Open Anyway”.
  • If you see another popup that says “FFmpeg is from an unidentified developer. Are you sure you want to open it?”, click “Open”. If you don’t get this popup, just go to the same file and double-click it again.
  • When you double-click the file, a Terminal window may open. Keep the terminal open until you see a message confirming you can close it.
  • Installing process is finished

That’s it now you can use FFmpeg on your macOS.

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