PHP wrapper for FFmpeg application

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FFmpegPHP is a pure OO PSR-4 compatible PHP port of ffmpeg-php library (that was written in C). It adds an easy to use, object-oriented API for accessing and retrieving information from video and audio files. It has methods for returning frames from movie files as images that can be manipulated using PHP image functions. This works well for automatically creating thumbnail images from movies. FFmpegPHP is also useful for reporting the duration and bitrate of audio files (mp3, wma...). FFmpegPHP can access many of the video formats supported by ffmpeg (mov, avi, mpg, wmv...)

Drop-in replacement for ffmpeg-php

FFmpegPHP can be used as a drop in replacement for ffmpeg-php library.


FFmpegPHP API documentation can be found here


  • PHP >=7
  • PHP extensions: gd, mbstring, xml
  • ffmpeg or ffprobe


Source code

Grab the source code located in src/ directory and use it as you seem appropriate.

Composer installation

Grab the composer.phar which can install packages published on packagist.

 $ wget -O - -q | php

This command will create file called composer.phar.

Create a file called composer.json and paste the following JSON into it:

    "require": {
        "char0n/ffmpeg-php": "^3.0.0"

Install the FFmpegPHP by running the following command:

$ php composer.phar install

After this command is successfully executed, the new directory called vendor/ is created. File structure of your current working directory should now look like this:

 - composer.json
 - composer.phar
 - vendor/

To verify that everything works as expected create new file called test.php inside your current working directory with the following content.

require_once './vendor/autoload.php';

use Char0n\FFMpegPHP\Movie;

$movie = new Movie('./test.mp4');

Before you run the script you need to also download the testing movie file:

$ wget

Now run it.

$ php test.php

The output should be something similar to the following:



Notice the first line (require './vendor/autoload.php';) in the above script. This line is necessary because it configures how the FFmpegPHP will be included into your scripts and it auto-magically knows where to look for FFmpegPHP.

Using FFmpegPHP

Object Oriented interface

FFmpegPHP is build using PSR-4 standard and it's interface is purely Object Oriented. We're using standar OOP patterns to create our API.

use Char0n\FFMpegPHP\Movie;

$movie = new Movie('/path/to/media.mpeg');
$movie->getDuration(); // => 24

Compatibility layer

On top of our OO interface, there is an additional one that provides full compatibility with original ffmpeg-php library.

use Char0n\FFMpegPHP\Adapters\FFMpegMovie as ffmpeg_movie;

$movie = new ffmpeg_movie('/path/to/media.mpeg');
$movie->getDuration(); // => 24

Partnership with GoDaddy

GoDaddy started to use FFmpegPHP as part of it's services from November 2018. If you need a server with ffmpeg and FFmpegPHP installed on it contact GoDaddy and they'll do it for you as part of its "Expert Service". As author of FFmpegPHP I agreed to provide support for users coming from GoDaddy asking about FFmpegPHP. All incoming GoDaddy customers, please use GitHub issues as a support channel.