How to Uninstall FFmpeg

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FFmpeg is an open cross-platform solution used to stream videos and audio in Linux and Unix operating systems. FFmpeg has many variations and versions; some will have extensions to the file name and others will be limited in purpose. A developer can install FFmpeg in a number of locations on the hard drive using the "make install" command, but there are common standards in place to keep the install unified throughout the industry.

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    Locate where FFmpeg file is stored. A common place to store FFmpeg is "/usr/local/src/ffmpeg." If you placed it into a different directory, then go to the install directory. If you can't find the file location, type "locate ffmpeg," without the quotes, at the command line.

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    Type "make uninstall," without the quotes, and press the "Enter" key. This command will remove the file and the related files from the FFmpeg folder, and from the "/usr/lib" and "/usr/bin" folders.

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    Verify FFmpeg has been removed by typing "locate ffmpeg," without the quotes, at the command line.

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