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Topic # 242710 10-Nov-2018 11:10
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I want to run a Kodi add-on (IPTV Recorder) on Android. It requires ffmpeg. I have been trying to figure out how to install, copy, or otherwise add ffmpeg to the Android box, but it all gets into builds and binaries and libraries stuff that is frankly over my head. I have always avoided the Linux universe beyond just playing with the GUIs and I can't make sense of what I am seeing. I am comfortable with Windows and command line operations but I haven't a clue how to proceed with Android. With Windows it is easy to install an ffmpeg executable. Is there anything comparable? IPTV Recorder has a setting to point to 'ffmpeg exe'. Is there a simple file I can download and place there? 



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  Reply # 2123288 10-Nov-2018 13:42
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Unfortunately it's not that simple. Apps in Android are sandboxed, so simply installing an ffmpeg app will do you no good as other apps won't be able to use it. The only way to make a native binary available to all apps is to install it in the /bin (or /xbin) directory, but this requires root access.. Also, you'll need to find an ffmpeg binary that's compiled specifically for the architecture your Android box is running (eg ARM v7). Also, your addon shouldn't look for ffmpeg in hardcoded paths, because in Linux ffmpeg is typically installed in /usr/local/bin/ and this folder isn't available on Android. Even if you get the ffmpeg binary at the correct location, it may not work due to missing libraries.

This is why Kodi on Android is not an ideal choice, you'd be better off running it on Linux. You could get yourself a cheap Raspberry Pi 3 and use that as a dedicated Kodi box.

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