gst-inspect-1.0 - Man Page

print info about a GStreamer plugin or element

Examples (TL;DR)


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)

-a, --print-all

Print all plugins and elements

-b, --print-blacklist

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

-u, --uri-handlers

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.

-C, --color

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

Environment Variables

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.

See Also

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


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Referenced By

gst-device-monitor-1.0(1), gst-discoverer-1.0(1), gst-launch-1.0(1), gst-play-1.0(1), gst-typefind-1.0(1).

December 2005