Installing avconv on the #RaspberryPi

Some of you with the camera may have been trying to install avconv by using the following:

sudo apt-get install avconv

As you have probably discovered, this does not work and it reports that it cannot find the package. (I know, it’s confusing). But it’s not actually missing, it’s just part of something else!

To do the install, do the following:

sudo apt-get install libav-tools

10 comments for “Installing avconv on the #RaspberryPi

  1. Christine Harvey
    24 June 2014 at 1:47 pm

    don’t forget you need a sudo at the beginning of that instruction (I did!)

    • 24 June 2014 at 1:56 pm

      You’re right! That’ll teach me for logging in as root 😉
      Thanks – I’ve updated the post.

  2. Kenneth Ciszewki
    25 September 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I tried this today 9/25/2014 and nothing was gotten. None of the mirrors could be found. Where is this?

    • recantha
      26 September 2014 at 10:08 am

      First of all, make sure you’re connected to the network.
      Then, try:
      sudo apt-get update
      before you run the install command

      • Sanket
        15 April 2015 at 12:12 pm

        Sir can you please tell me how to record a video using usb webcam if motion is installed on rasoberry pi.
        please reply me soon on my mail.
        Thanking you!!!

        • recantha
          20 April 2015 at 5:41 pm

          Take a look on the Forums at – there’s plenty of stuff about recording with motion.

  3. Kenneth Ciszewki
    26 September 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I’m trying to use this with the new Wolfson audio card. Will updating do bad things to the Wolfson image if I do this?

    • recantha
      26 September 2014 at 4:44 pm

      No. Should be fine

  4. Kevin
    24 January 2018 at 6:52 am

    Thanks, google found this and just wanted to say it is confusing. Engineers man. 🙂

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