Sometimes Drupal and other CMS’s have problems detecting system paths – it’s understandable since every server is using unique control panels and often completely different paths. Drupal developers can’t always take care of all this stuff and they don’t have to (in my opinion)

  • Before creating a possibly unnecessary symbolic link, go to and clear the caches then run the Status report again – also go to /admin/config/media/video/transcoders to check the path Drupal is using to find the ffmpeg executable

Creating A Symlink

So, let’s take a look at how to properly create a symlink so Drupal detects FFmpeg on our server 

1. Open a terminal

2. Enter which ffmpeg to figure out where ffmpeg is installed – we can then create a symbol link to another path so that Drupal or any other CMS for that matter can detect ffmpeg more easily

3. The symbolic link command works like this ln option /path/to/folder name

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4. Enter ln -s /usr/bin/ffmpeg ffmpeg – MPORTANT: Make sure you are cd’d into the folder /usr/local/bin when running this or you will create the symbolic link in the wrong folder

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