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-10.1 platform.

Package Information

libvpx Dependencies



cURL-7.77.0 (to download test files) and Doxygen-1.9.1 (to build documentation)

User Notes:

Installation of libvpx

Install libvpx by running the following commands:

sed -i 's/cp -p/cp/' build/make/Makefile &&

mkdir libvpx-build            &&
cd    libvpx-build            &&

../configure --prefix=/usr    \
             --enable-shared  \
             --disable-static &&

To test the results, issue: LD_LIBRARY_PATH=. make test. The test suite downloads several files as part of its test process.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed ... : This command corrects 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 installation of static versions of the libraries.

--target=generic-gnu: This switch disables optimizations specific for x86 and x86-64, allowing to build this package without nasm and yasm installed.

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=.: This is needed for the testsuite to use the just built library.


Installed Programs: 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 Mon May 24 20:24:29 2021