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ffmpeg: error while loading shared libraries: 


Export the required library, run:

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib:/usr/local/lib64/:/usr/local/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH

ffmpeg: error while loading shared libraries:

The Background.

Last year, I had a lot of fun testing the new Intel Flex Series GPUs (formerly codenamed Arctic Sound-M).  In particular, I was playing around with the Flex Series 140, for Media Delivery and Transcoding solutions, using FFmpeg. The environment: Ubuntu 20.04. 

It is important to mention, that I am using some kind of special version from Intel, however, I found this error common in FFmpeg.

The Problem.

After installing FFmpeg and running it, (ffmpeg or ffmpeg -version), you receive the following error message:

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"ffmpeg: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory”

ffmpeg error while loading shared libraries

The cause of this issue is that FFmpeg is unable to load a required shared library file, And that Ubuntu has not configured the environment variables through the source code installation software; as a result, the startup path cannot be found.

Here are some options you can take to resolve this error on Ubuntu:

Export the required FFmpeg library

Open a terminal window. Run the following command to export the required library to the right path.

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib:/usr/local/lib64/:/usr/local/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH

Try running the FFmpeg command again to confirm that the error has been resolved:

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If FFmpeg runs without error, like in the below image, then the issue has been resolved. If not, you may need to try the fix below.


Configure FFmpeg environment variables

In the Ubuntu terminal, run:

sudo vim /etc/

Note: This is the default installation path for FFmpeg. If the path is different, you will need to switch to your own installation path and then point to the "lib" folder.

After opening the (VIM) text editor, add the following line.

sudo vim

Save the file and run:

sudo ldconfig

You're done! Type ffmpeg again to check.

Juan Mulford
Juan Mulford
I have been active in IT for over fourteen years now. I am a solutions architect, working with storage, virtualization, and VDI solutions. For the past ten years, I have been living and working in Taiwan.

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