Binary wheels

Binary wheels are provided on PyPI for Linux, MacOS, and Windows linked against FFmpeg. The most straight-forward way to install PyAV is to run:

pip install av

Currently FFmpeg 6.1.1 is used with the following features enabled for all platforms:

  • fontconfig

  • gmp

  • libaom

  • libass

  • libbluray

  • libdav1d

  • libfreetype

  • libmp3lame

  • libopencore-amrnb

  • libopencore-amrwb

  • libopenjpeg

  • libopus

  • libspeex

  • libtwolame

  • libvorbis

  • libvpx

  • libx264

  • libx265

  • libxml2

  • libxvid

  • lzma

  • zlib

The following additional features are also enabled on Linux:

  • gnutls

  • libxcb


Another way to install PyAV is via conda-forge:

conda install av -c conda-forge

See the Conda quick install docs to get started with (mini)Conda.

Bring your own FFmpeg

PyAV can also be compiled against your own build of FFmpeg (version 6.0 or higher). You can force installing PyAV from source by running:

pip install av --no-binary av

PyAV depends upon several libraries from FFmpeg:

  • libavcodec

  • libavdevice

  • libavfilter

  • libavformat

  • libavutil

  • libswresample

  • libswscale

and a few other tools in general:

  • pkg-config

  • Python’s development headers


On MacOS, Homebrew saves the day:

brew install ffmpeg pkg-config

Ubuntu >= 18.04 LTS

On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS everything can come from the default sources:

# General dependencies
sudo apt-get install -y python-dev pkg-config

# Library components
sudo apt-get install -y \
    libavformat-dev libavcodec-dev libavdevice-dev \
    libavutil-dev libswscale-dev libswresample-dev libavfilter-dev


It is possible to build PyAV on Windows without Conda by installing FFmpeg yourself, e.g. from the shared and dev packages.

Unpack them somewhere (like C:\ffmpeg), and then tell PyAV where they are located.

Building from the latest source

# Get PyAV from GitHub.
git clone
cd PyAV

# Prep a virtualenv.
source scripts/

# Install basic requirements.
pip install -r tests/requirements.txt

# Optionally build FFmpeg.

# Build PyAV.

On MacOS you may have issues with regards to Python expecting gcc but finding clang. Try to export the following before installation:

export ARCHFLAGS=-Wno-error=unused-command-line-argument-hard-error-in-future

On Windows you must indicate the location of your FFmpeg, e.g.:

python build --ffmpeg-dir=C:\ffmpeg