Introduction to libvpx

This package, from the WebM project, provides the reference implementations of the VP8 Codec, used in most current html5 video, and of the next-generation VP9 Codec.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.6 systemd platform.

Package Information

The libvpx tarballs are no longer generated by the maintainers. To build from source, the libvpx developers recommend using current git. The source tarball shown above was created by the BLFS team by pulling a git version, and removing .git, .gitattributes and .gitignore. BLFS made no changes to the existing source files.

libvpx Dependencies


yasm-1.3.0 (compiling with NASM-2.11.05 is currently broken) and Which-2.20 (so configure can find yasm)


Doxygen-1.8.8 and PHP-5.6.0 (to build the documentation).

User Notes:

Installation of libvpx

Install libvpx by running the following commands:

sed -i 's/cp -p/cp/' build/make/Makefile &&
chmod -v 644 vpx/*.h &&
mkdir ../libvpx-build &&
cd ../libvpx-build &&
../libvpx-v1.3.0/configure --prefix=/usr \
                           --enable-shared \
                           --disable-static &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed ... && chmod ...: These commands correct ownership and permissions of installed files.

mkdir ../libvpx-build && cd ../libvpx-build: The libvpx developers recommend building in a dedicated build directory.

--disable-vp8: This switch prevents building of VP8 codec support.

--disable-vp9: This switch prevents building of VP9 codec support.

--disable-static: This switch prevents building of static versions of libraries.


Installed Programs: vp8_scalable_patterns, vp9_spatial_scalable_encoder, vpxdec and vpxenc
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/vpx

Short Descriptions


is the WebM Project VP8 and VP9 decoder.


is the WebM project VP8 and VP9 encoder.

provides functions to use the VP8 and VP9 video codecs.

Last updated on 2014-08-23 18:32:36 -0700