How to install FFmpeg in Windows 10

Download and extract FFmpeg

Go to to download the latest “nightly” build if you want all the latest features.

Extract the the ZIP file to a folder on your computer that you would like to store FFmpeg. For example C:\ffmpeg.

Add FFmpeg as an environment variable for the user

In order to run the command ffmpeg in the command line you will have to add the ffmpeg location to the “environment variables” in Windows. Open Start and type either sysdl.cpl or systempropertiesadvanced. Hit enter to open the “System Properties”.

Click on the Advanced tab and then the “Environment Variables…” button.

Mark “Path” under “User variables for…” and click on “Edit”.

Click on “Browse” to find the location for FFmpeg.

When you add EXE files as an environment variable you should select the folder that actually contains the EXE file. In this case the EXE (ffmpeg.exe) is located in the folder called bin. So we will have to select bin folder.

Note that the path does not need to end with a \ backslash sign. Also the path should not include the EXE itself, just the folder containing the EXE file.

Click OK to close the remaining open windows.

Test if FFmpeg is working

You can now run CMD and enter ffmpeg to see if it works. If it works you should be able to see the version number and some additional info.

Now that you have added ffmpeg to the environment variables you do not have to write C:\ffmpeg\ffmpeg.exe or ffmpeg.exe. You can simply type ffmpeg 😀 👍