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iconik Edge Transcoder on Ubuntu 20.04 (focal)

This section contains everything you need to know about installing and managing the iconik Edge Transcoder

1. Download and install the iconik Edge Transcoder

Set up the iconik APT repository, and install the iconik Edge Transcoder package

sudo apt-get install wget gnupg2
sudo curl | apt-key add -
sudo echo "deb [trusted=yes] ./focal main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/iconik.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install iconik-edge-transcoder

It will be installed in /opt/cantemo/iconik_edge_transcoder where you will also find the config file called config.ini

For local transcoding to work you will have to install ffmpeg, poppler and ImageMagick. Make sure they are in the path for the user running the service.

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg imagemagick poppler-utils ghostscript

To get frame accurate playback in other browsers than Safari you also need mp4mux from Bento4

Unpack the correct package, and copy the mp4mux binary to /usr/local/bin

2. Edit config.ini

Edit config.ini to look like this (See Setting up how to get the correct values)


app-id = 22f34c6e-268e-11e7-ac53-6c4008b85488
storage-id = 15fa3f68-7693-11e7-bf0c-02420a021013
iconik-url =
auth-token = eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsImlhdCI6MTUwMTU3NjAyNCwiZXhwIjoxNTAxNjE5MjI0fQ.eyJpZCI6IjMzMjFkMjIyLTc2OTMtMTFlNy1hN2EyLTAyNDIwYTAyMTAxYSJ9.sgag4OQb19J9qT1IAdKZYAqbpIoai7oW60Mahye7o8s
sleep-time = 10
max-transcoding-jobs = 1
log-filename = /var/log/cantemo/iconik_edge_transcoder/default.log

3. Start the service

After installation you can start service with:

sudo systemctl enable iconik-edge-transcoder
sudo systemctl start iconik-edge-transcoder

This will create the Transcoder in iconik the first time you start it. You have to add this transcoder to the corresponding storages in the iconik UI for it to work. To check status of the service use:

sudo systemctl status iconik-edge-transcoder

For following the log file, you can use the following command:

sudo tail -f /var/log/cantemo/iconik_edge_transcoder/default.log

You can run also run the systemd service from your custom user providing it to /usr/lib/systemd/system/iconikedgetranscoder.service with passing your own config and log files that are accessible for your custom user. Log file location can also be set in config.


ExecStart=/usr/bin/iconik_edge_transcoder --config=/home/john/iconik_edge_transcoder/config.ini --log-filename=/home/john/iconik_edge_transcoder/default.log

After adding your custom user you need to restart service.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl restart iconik-edge-transcoder

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