How to install MP4Box on Ubuntu 16.04 Headless

MP4Box is a multimedia packager, with a vast number of functionalities: conversion, splitting, hinting, dumping and others. It can be used for performing many manipulations on multimedia files like AVI, MPG, TS, but mostly on ISO media files (e.g. MP4, 3GP). It is a command-line tool so it can be utilized by scripts like the php script that I want to use. MP4Box is included in the GPAC package.”

I want to be able to use a certain media hosting package but during installation it tells me that it will require MP4Box to continue. I tried installing it regularly (apt-get install mp4box) but that didn’t work. After doing a bit of research I decided to build MP4Box from scratch so that means compiling the source and here’s how I did that.

Let’s start by installing the required software that allows you to use svn:

apt-get install -y subversion

This command will download the latest gpac version from the svn subversion in the current location. (use “pwd” to see your current location)

svn co https://svn.code.sf.net/p/gpac/code/trunk/gpac gpac

We need to change the “configure” file rights so we can execute the file.

cd gpac
chmod +x configure

I used the command below to configure the source package but this is just one way of doing it. Simply using “./configure” could be sufficiënt for you.  If you require other functionality you might want to investigate further to learn what your options are by using the command “./configure –help”

./configure --disable-opengl --use-js=no --use-ft=no --use-jpeg=no --use-png=no --use-faad=no --use-mad=no --use-xvid=no --use-ffmpeg=no --use-ogg=no --use-vorbis=no --use-theora=no --use-openjpeg=no

Next step is to build and install the package.

make
make install

Don’t forget to copy the following file to you /usr/bin folder.

cp bin/gcc/libgpac.so /usr/lib

To check if it was installed at the right location use the command “which MP4Box”, and it should tell you that it was found in /usr/local/bin.

“MP4Box -version” it will show you something similar as shown in the image below.

And you are done already!! Easy peasy lemmon squeezy right? As we say in the Netherlands: “A child can do the laundry.” But that’s a saying that, like most sayings, does not translate well, or make any sense whatsoever in English.  🙂

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