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Library and tools for streaming media

GStreamer is a library for constructing graphs of media-handling components. The applications it supports range from simple Ogg/Vorbis playback, audio/video streaming to complex audio mixing and video non-linear editing.

Applications can take advantage of advances in codec and filter technology transparently. Developers can add new codecs and filters by writing a simple plugin with a clean, generic interface.

This package provides the core library and elements.


User FAQ available in HTML format from; for a complete list of documentation
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Related Projects


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
LGPLv2orlaterJanet Casey27 August 2003

Leaders and contributors

Erik Walthinsen Maintainer
See the AUTHORS file in the distribution for a complete list Contributor

Resources and communication

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Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisitedb2html
Required to useglib2 2.3 or later
Weak prerequisitefig2dev
Required to buildautomake 1.5
Weak prerequisitexsltproc
Required to buildlibtool 1.4 or later
Weak prerequisitegtkdoc
Required to buildpkgconfig 0.9.0
Required to buildautoconf 2.52

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 12 January 2017.


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