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I would like to install ffserver and got ffmpeg running on Mac OS X 10.6. But for some reason I cant find a good tutorial to install ffserver on Mac OS X. Does it come with ffmpeg ? Is it outdated? Is there only one version that includes it and I dont know it ?

I really need to make this work.

Thank you!

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FFmpeg comes with FFserver, so that shouldn't be the problem. You can manually compile it by downloading it from the FFmpeg website.

Another easier option would be to use a package manager which automatically does that for you. I always suggest Homebrew, which is really easy to use.

  • You might want to install Xcode first. On Snow Leopard, register with Apple Connect and download it.

  • Run the following to install Homebrew

    /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
  • Wait a bit

  • Then, install ffmpeg by running

    brew install ffmpeg
  • Wait a bit (this may take a while, since it's downloading and building all dependencies)

  • Finally, run ffserver, which will be in:


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A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Thanks a million. Homebrew rules ! It has a couple of errors where i need to link: the linking step did not complete successfully. ln: value.h Permission denied Do you know how to do this ? Thanks again – usersuper Oct 20 '11 at 7:40
You can try to run brew doctor and see what it suggests. This is probably due to other installations. sudo link ... should also do, but it would be best to fix the permissions first. – slhck Oct 20 '11 at 7:51

Another simple way of installing stable (but not latest) version would be

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Follow the on-screen instructions. This will take a few minutes while it's installing the necessary developer tools for OS X. Then run:

brew install ffmpeg

More details @

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