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Compiling Avidemux 2.6.x

Avidemux 2.6 is made of 3 components:

  • The core modules: A set of dynamic libraries hosting core components.
  • The application modules: Qt4 or Qt5, and CLI (command line).
  • The plug-in modules: Everything is a module in 2.6, so without plugins you can't do anything. The plugins either belong to the common part (they work with all UIs) or a specific part (they only work with one).
  • The settings modules : They contain templates/settings for some encoder (x264 mostly).

The simple way

Please look at the bootStrap.bash script that compiles, installs and builds automatically packages for Avidemux 2.6.

Packaging options

If you use --rpm, --deb or --tgz, bootStrap will automatically create the packages. Please note that they are incomplete (i.e. they do not contain proper dependencies and such). For RPM packaging, also note that the vanilla RPM as found in Fedora(nbsp)12 will not work (see cmake about that).


By using --with-xxx or --without-xxx, you can specifically ask bootStrap.bash to build or not parts of Avidemux. There is an extra option to build with Qt5 –enable-qt5

The xxx list is as follows:

  • qt4: Build the Qt4 UI (or Qt5 if –enable-qt5 is set)
  • cli: Build CLI
  • core: Build core
  • plugins: Build plugins

Example Build .deb for debian/ubuntu, core + Qt4 + plugins

bash bootStrap.bash --deb

Build .deb for debian/ubuntu, core + Qt5 + plugins

bash bootStrap.bash --deb --enable-qt5

Build .deb for debian/ubuntu, core + Qt5 + plugins + cli

bash bootStrap.bash --deb --enable-qt5 --with-cli

If you dont use –deb or –rpm, the result will be in the *install* folder. You can copy its content to /usr later.

Do not install it elsewhere, it will not work. If you want to install it to /usr/local or /opt or …, please edit the script. Note that the bootstrap script does not install anything by itself and does not require root privilege.

Requirement list (debian/ubuntu)

For core modules

sudo apt-get install gcc g++ make cmake pkg-config libpng12-dev fakeroot yasm libsqlite3-dev  build-essential 

For Qt 4

sudo apt-get install libqt4-dev

For Qt 5

sudo apt-get install qttools5-dev-tools qtbase5-dev

For common plugins

sudo apt-get install libaften-dev libmp3lame-dev libx264-dev  libfaad-dev libfaac-dev

Warning If you want to create .debs, the cmake version bundled with some versions of ubuntu is buggy. Please build cmake from source (latest version)

Requirement list for Qt5 version(Fedora 20)


yum install pkgconfig fakeroot yasm
yum install libpng zlib zlib-devel patch rpm-build
yum install libsqlite3x-devel gcc-c++ 


yum install qt5-qtbase-devel qt5-qttools-devel libxslt


bash bootStrap.bash --rpm --enable-qt5

You must be sudoer

build/install_2.6.txt · Last modified: 2015/06/08 20:51 by mean