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gst-inspect-1.0 - print info about a GStreamer plugin or element


gst-inspect-1.0 [OPTION...] [PLUGIN|ELEMENT]


gst-inspect-1.0 is a tool that prints out information on available GStreamer plugins, information about a particular plugin, or information about a particular element. When executed with no PLUGIN or ELEMENT argument, gst-inspect-1.0 will print a list of all plugins and elements together with a summary. When executed with a PLUGIN or ELEMENT argument, gst-inspect-1.0 will print information about that plug-in or element.


gst-inspect-1.0 accepts the following arguments and options:

Name of a plugin
Name of an element
Print help synopsis and available FLAGS
GStreamer info flags to set (list with --help)
Print all plugins and elements
Print list of blacklisted files
List the plugin contents
Allow inspecting only elements that match all the element types filtered in this slash (´/´) separated list of element types. Those types correspond to what is also called ´klass´ which is a string describing the type of element, like ´Decoder´, ´Audio´, ´Encoder´ etc... This options implies that only elements will be printed (not typefind functions or tracers).
Check if the specified element or plugin exists
When checking if an element or plugin exists, also check that its version is at least the version specified
Print supported URI schemes, with the elements that implement them
Disable colors in output. You can also achieve the same by setting ´GST_INSPECT_NO_COLORS´ environment variable to any value.
Color output, even when not connected to a tty.
Print a machine-parsable list of features the specified plugin provides. Useful in connection with external automatic plugin installation mechanisms.
GStreamer debugging flags to set (list with --help)
GStreamer info and debugging flags to set (list with --help)
GStreamer info flags to set Enable printout of errors while loading GStreamer plugins
Add directories separated with ':' to the plugin search path


gst-inspect-1.0 reads the following environment variables, in addition to the generic GStreamer environment variables also described in gst-launch-1.0(1):

Override the options passed to less (by default "RXF").
See less(1) for more information.


gst-launch-1.0(1), gst-typefind-1.0(1)


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December 2005