Convert videos via FFMPEG. Easily convert & host small videos on your own.

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This is a beta plugin and supports Gatsby v2 and v3. The videos will work fine on your website, but the implementation code still needs some love.

:warning::warning::warning: Converting videos might take a lot of time. Make sure to have an effective caching mechanism in place. See caching


  • Source: Works with nodes from gatsby-source-filesystem and gatsby-source-contentful
  • Defaults optimized for small files with decent quality and quick and seamless streaming
  • Supported codecs: h264, h265, VP9, WebP & gif
  • Several parameters to tweak the output: maxWidth/maxHeight, overlay, saturation, duration, fps, …
  • Create video conversion profiles. Create a converter function using fluent-ffmpeg to unlock all FFMPEG features.
  • Take screenshots at any position of the video

Usage example


npm i gatsby-transformer-video


To properly convert and analyze videos, this relies on ffmpeg and ffprobe. If these are not available for your node process, they will be downloaded automatically.

If you want to use your own version of ffmpeg and ffprobe, it should be compiled with at least the following flags enabled:

--enable-gpl --enable-nonfree --enable-libx264 --enable-libx265 --enable-libvpx --enable-libwebp --enable-libopus

Some operating systems may provide these FFMPEG via a package manager. Some may not include ffprobe when installing ffmpeg.

If you can’t find a way to get ffmpeg with all requirements for your system, you can always compile it on your own:

How to link your custom binaries to this plugin


Linux/Debian users might be able to: sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

Make sure you have ffprobe installed as well.


If you got brew installed, you can get FFMPEG including FFPROBE via:

brew tap homebrew-ffmpeg/ffmpeg
brew install homebrew-ffmpeg/ffmpeg/ffmpeg --with-fdk-aac --with-webp



config @ gatsby-config.js

The plugin works fine in most cases without any configuration options set.

Here is a full list of available, optional, options:

const { resolve } = require(`path`)
const { platform } = require(`os`)
module.exports = {
  plugins: [
      resolve: `gatsby-transformer-video`,
      options: {
         * Set if FFMPEG & FFPROBE should be downloaded if they are not found locally.
         * Downloaded binaries are stored in `node_modules/.cache/gatsby-transformer-video-bins/`
         * Default: true
        downloadBinaries: false,
         * Optional: Pass your own binaries
         * Assumes you store your binaries in the following pattern:
         * ./bin/darwin/ffmpeg
         * ./bin/darwin/ffprobe
         * ./bin/linux/ffmpeg
         * ./bin/linux/ffprobe
         * ...
         * Default: null
        ffmpegPath: resolve(__dirname, 'bin', platform(), 'ffmpeg'),
        ffprobePath: resolve(__dirname, 'bin', platform(), 'ffprobe'),

        // Optional profiles for full fluent-ffmpeg access
        profiles: {
          sepia: {
            extension: `mp4`,
            converter: function({ ffmpegSession, videoStreamMetadata }) {
              // Example:

GraphQL Query

query {
  allFile {
    edges {
      node {
        videoGif(duration: 2, fps: 3, maxWidth: 300) {
          overlay: "gatsby.png"
          overlayX: "end"
          overlayY: "start"
          overlayPadding: 25
          screenshots: "0,50%" (See:
        ) {
          path #String
          absolutePath #String
          name #String
          ext #String
          codec #String
          formatName #String
          formatLongName #String
          startTime #Float
          duration #Float
          size #Int
          bitRate #Int
          screenshots #String
        videoProfile(profile: "yourProfileName") {
  allContentfulAsset {
    edges {
      node {
        # Same fields available as above



Generating videos take time. A lot. You should cache your results. Otherwise, you might not even be able to publish on your hosting platform.

This plugin stores all converted files in node_modules/.cache/gatsby-transformer-video/

We plan to improve the caching behavior

Here is a list of plugins that can help you: