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-10.0 platform.

Package Information

GStreamer Bad Plug-ins Dependencies





BlueZ-5.55, Clutter-1.26.4, cURL-7.72.0, FAAC-1_30, FAAD2-2_9_2, fdk-aac-2.0.1, GnuTLS-3.6.15, GTK+-2.24.32 or GTK+-3.24.23, Little CMS-2.11, libass-0.14.0, libexif-0.6.22, libgcrypt-1.8.6, libgudev-234, libmpeg2-0.5.1, librsvg-2.48.8, libsndfile-1.0.28, libssh2-1.9.0, libusb-1.0.23, libvdpau-1.4, libwebp-1.1.0, libxkbcommon-1.0.1, neon-0.31.2, Nettle-3.6, opencv-4.4.0 (with additional modules), OpenJPEG-2.3.1, Opus-1.3.1, Qt-5.15.1 (for examples), SBC-1.4, SDL-1.2.15, Valgrind-3.16.1, Wayland-1.18.0 (GTK+-3.24.23 must have been compiled with wayland support), x265-3.4, Xorg Libraries, aom, bs2b, Chromaprint, daala, dssim, Flite, FluidSynth, Game Music Emu, GSM, hotdoc, LADSPA, libavtp, libdc1394-2, libdca, libde265, libkate, libmfx, libmimic, libmms, libmodplug, libnice, libofa, libopenmpt, libopenni, libsrtp, lilv, LRDF, 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       \
       -Dbuildtype=release \
       -Dpackage-origin= \
       -Dpackage-name="GStreamer 1.18.0 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


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.

Last updated on 2020-09-13 13:12:01 -0500