extract audio from video


is there some software i can use to extract the audio from a video, in formats of .mp4, .avi etc and save them as .mp3 preferrably, but .wav would do as well.

thanks :slight_smile:

I would use ffmpeg for that.

thanks for the quick reply, i installed it using the 1-click thing and it doesn’t appear in my Kmenu, and i tried it using konsole, typed in ffmpeg and got this:

symbol lookup error: ffmpeg: undefined symbol: avformat_alloc_context

hmmm mean anything to you?


  1. ffmpeg is a console application

  2. Installation is obviously not clean, take ffmepg from packman, works for me™

  3. Not enough information to make a decent suggestion


Another tool would be mencoder

FFmpeg Documentation

This may help

If using KDE then PACPL is the lazy man’s way. Just click on the video file with the mouse, select the format, and convert.

PACPL is packaged by packman packagers. Be certain to install as well the PACPL dolphin, and/or konqueror and/or kommander plugin, dependant on the file manager you use.

Packman web site: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket pacpl

If you want to use a software to extract MP3 or WAV from MP4 and AVI files, personally recommend Faasoft Video Converter which can

  • Extract audio in MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA, Apple Lossless, M4A, DTS, AIFF, MP2, AU, RA, FLAC, OGG and etc from video files.
  • Extract audio from all kinds of video files like extract audio from MP4, extract audio from FLV, extract audio from AVI, extract audio from MOV, extract audio from MKV, extract audio from WMV, ASF, SWF, VOB, OGV, WTV, RMVB, WebM, MVI, MXF, AVCHD, MPEG, 3GP, and etc.

Happy with it.