Introduction to GStreamer Bad Plug-ins

The GStreamer Bad Plug-ins package contains a set of plug-ins that aren't up to par compared to the rest. They might be close to being good quality, but they're missing something - be it a good code review, some documentation, a set of tests, a real live maintainer, or some actual wide use.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.0 platform.

Package Information

GStreamer Bad Plug-ins Dependencies





BlueZ-5.61, cURL-7.78.0, FAAC-1_30, FAAD2-2_10_0, fdk-aac-2.0.2, GTK+-3.24.30 (for examples), Little CMS-2.12, libass-0.15.1, libexif-0.6.22 (for one test), libgudev-237, libmpeg2-0.5.1, librsvg-2.50.7, libsndfile-1.0.31, libssh2-1.9.0, libusb-1.0.24, libwebp-1.2.1, libxkbcommon-1.3.0, neon-0.31.2, Nettle-3.7.3 or libgcrypt-1.9.4 (for SSL support in hls plugin, if both are not installed OpenSSL will be used instead), opencv-4.5.3 (with additional modules), OpenJPEG-2.4.0, Opus-1.3.1, SBC-1.5, SDL-1.2.15, Valgrind-3.17.0, Wayland-1.19.0 (GTK+-3.24.30 must have been compiled with wayland support), x265-3.4, Xorg Libraries (for one test), aom, bs2b, Chromaprint, dssim, Flite, FluidSynth, Game Music Emu, GSM, hotdoc, LADSPA, libavtp, libdc1394-2, libdca, libde265, libkate, libmfx, libmms, libmodplug, libnice, libofa, libopenmpt, libopenni, libsrtp, lilv, LRDF, ltc-tools, microdns, MJPEG Tools, OpenAL, OpenEXR, OpenH264, Orc, rtmpdump, spandsp, srt, svthevcenc, VO AAC, VO AMRWB, Vulkan, WildMidi, WPE-WebKit, WPEBackend-fdo, ZBAR, ZVBI, and zxing

User Notes:

Installation of GStreamer Bad Plug-ins



If you do not have an Objective-C compiler installed, the build system for this package will emit a warning about a failed sanity check. This is harmless, and it is safe to continue.



If you need a plugin for a given dependency, that dependency needs to be installed before this package.

Install GStreamer Bad Plug-ins by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson  --prefix=/usr       \
       --buildtype=release \
       -Dpackage-origin= \
       -Dpackage-name="GStreamer 1.18.4 BLFS" &&

To test the results, issue: ninja test. Several tests need a terminal emulator in a graphical session.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

--buildtype=release: Specify a buildtype suitable for stable releases of the package, as the default may produce unoptimized binaries.


Installed Programs: gst-transcoder-1.0 and playout
Installed Libraries:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and several plugins under /usr/lib/gstreamer-1.0
Installed Directories: /usr/include/gstreamer-1.0/gst/{audio,basecamerabinsrc,codecparsers}, /usr/include/gstreamer-1.0/gst/{insertbin,interfaces,isoff,mpegts}, and /usr/include/gstreamer-1.0/gst/{player,sctp,transcoder,uridownloader,webrtc}

Short Descriptions


is used to transcode a stream into a different format


is an example application used to sequentially play a list of audio-video files

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