I just want to see how many streams are inside my video file.

I looked at the official documentation and I cannot see what option I can use. Perhaps another command/terminal app can do something similar?

Any ideas how it can be done?

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If you have ffprobe installed:

ffprobe <input> -show_entries format=nb_streams -v 0 -of compact=p=0:nk=1

You can also filter for video or audio streams by adding -select_streams v or -select_streams a, respectively. See the manual for more details.

If you do not have ffprobe, ffmpeg can be used too, but in a slightly less robust way (i.e., this may break if the output format changes or something contains the words "Stream #" in the output):

ffmpeg -i <input> 2>&1 | grep "Stream #" | wc -l
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    More direct is ffprobe input -show_entries format=nb_streams -v 0 -of compact=p=0:nk=1
    – Gyan
    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:38
  • Thanks, post updated, I sometimes forget that there's a format class as well.
    – slhck
    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:58
  • ffprobe.exe -i "vid.mkv" -show_entries format gets the job done, I don't know about all those options you listed.
    – Shayan
    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:25
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    @Shayan The options I've used ensure that you'll only get one number as output. Your command shows everything.
    – slhck
    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:13

To count "number of available streams using ffmpeg'":

ffmpeg.exe -i %input% 2>&1 | find /c "Stream"

Tested in Win 10 CMD

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