Compiling FFmpeg for Windows with libfaac and libmp3lame

Having realised how simple it is to compile stuff on my Synology NAS I decided to finally get something built on Windows using free tools. It’s not really much different, but I had to do a lot of searching to finally gather all the necessary configure parameters.

First we need to set up the build environment. MinGW stands for ‘Minimalist GNU for Windows’. Download the MinGW-get installer, which will install everything you’ll need including MSYS which is a Unix shell complete with all the essential binaries. Run the MinGW-get installer and select Download latest repository catalogs.
In the options add the C++ compiler (needed for FAAC) and select MSYS Basic System and MinGW Developer Toolkit.

Now download the source .tar.gz files of:

Launch MinGW Shell from the Start Menu.
Copy those downloaded files to C:\MinGW\msys\1.0\home\yourusername
For each one run:

tar xvfz packagename.tar.gz

Then in order, cd into each extracted directory and…

For NASM and yasm:

make install

For FAAC (we need to disable the mp4v2 option to avoid a nasty compiler error – took me a long time to discover):

./bootstrap CC='gcc -mno-cygwin'
./configure --prefix=/mingw --exec-prefix=/mingw --enable-static --disable-shared --with-mp4v2=no
make install


./configure --prefix=/mingw --exec-prefix=/mingw --enable-static --disable-shared --disable-decoder --enable-nasm
make install

For FFmpeg:

./configure --enable-static --disable-shared --disable-ffplay --disable-ffserver --enable-memalign-hack --enable-libmp3lame --enable-nonfree --enable-libfaac --arch=x86 --enable-runtime-cpudetect --enable-w32threads
make install

The compiled ffmpeg.exe will be in C:\MinGW\msys\1.0\local\bin

Update – I tried to set this up on my work PC which runs 64 bit Windows 7 and I discovered that it’s a world of pain, so I’ll have to amend this post once I solve it.


4 thoughts on “Compiling FFmpeg for Windows with libfaac and libmp3lame

  1. Michael Easter

    I’m keen to see the workflow for 64 bit Windows 7 and how you escaped the world of pain…

    1. patters Post author

      The post did read as if I had solved it on 64bit. Not yet I’m afraid, but I will write it up once I do.
      There really shouldn’t be any barriers to people compiling on Windows – if only most people realised how easy it can be.

  2. Pingback: Compiling 64bit FFmpeg for Windows with libfaac « Fixing the annoying IT stuff

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