Introduction to GStreamer Base Plug-ins

The GStreamer Base Plug-ins is a well-groomed and well-maintained collection of GStreamer plug-ins and elements, spanning the range of possible types of elements one would want to write for GStreamer. You will need at least one of Good, Bad, Ugly or Libav plugins for GStreamer applications to function properly.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.3 platform.

Package Information

GStreamer Base Plug-ins Dependencies





GTK+-3.22.30 (for examples), GTK-Doc-1.28, Opus-1.2.1, Qt-5.11.1 (for examples), SDL-1.2.15, Valgrind-3.13.0, libvisual, Orc, and Tremor

User Notes:

Installation of GStreamer Base Plug-ins



If you need a plugin for a given dependency, that dependency needs to be installed before this application.

Install GStreamer Base Plug-ins by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --with-package-name="GStreamer Base Plugins 1.14.2 BLFS" \
            --with-package-origin="" &&

To test the results, issue: make check. The tests require an X terminal running, or all of the GL tests will fail.



When installing, the Makefile does some additional linking. If you do not have Xorg in /usr, the LIBRARY_PATH variable needs to be defined for the root user. If using sudo to assume root, use the -E option to pass your current environment variables for the install process.

Now, as the root user:

make install


Installed Programs: gst-device-monitor-1.0, gst-discoverer-1.0, and gst-play-1.0
Installed Libraries:,,,,,,,,,,, and several plugins under /usr/lib/gstreamer-1.0
Installed Directories: /usr/include/gstreamer-1.0/gst/{allocators,app,audio,fft,gl,pbutils}, /usr/include/gstreamer-1.0/gst/{riff,rtp,rtsp,sdp,tag,video}, /usr/share/gst-plugins-base, and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/gst-plugins-base-{libs,plugins}-1.0

Short Descriptions


is a command line tool that can be used to test GStreamer's device monitoring functionality


is a tool that can be used to print basic metadata and stream information about a media file.


is a command line tool that can be used to test basic playback using the playbin element.

Last updated on 2018-08-20 13:08:58 -0700