How to install FFMPEG?

Hello, I’m new to DO. I was using HEROKU previously. Now, I’m trying to deploy a telegram bot that has yt-dlp dependency along with FFMPEG. How do I install FFMPEG?

Also I was going through some Q/A on google related to “telegram bots on digital ocean”, I came across some questions. Now I want to know how do I keep my droplet running without having to manually run from shell/cli?

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October 22, 2022
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Hi @terminalwarlord,

To install FFMPEG all you need to do is use the following commands:

  1. sudo apt update
  2. sudo apt install ffmpeg

To verify the installation, use the ffmpeg -version command, which prints the FFmpeg version:

  1. ffmpeg -version
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February 5, 2024


Commands like apt are not currently supported on the APP PLatfom. The workaround is to deploy from a Dockerfile or build your own container image.

To run a NodeJS app without Buildpacks, one option is to use node as the base image in your Dockerfile (DockerHub link):

FROM node:16

RUN apt update && \
    apt install -y ffmpeg

ADD server.js .
ENTRYPOINT ["node", "server.js"]

I wrote server.js to verify I can run ffmpeg commands in my NodeJS app. I can share the source code if that’s helpful.

Hope this helps!

any of you found that the ffmpeg gets killed while converting videos?

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