OBS Studio – video recording and live streaming

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.

OBS provides real-time source and device capture, scene composition, encoding, recording and broadcasting.

Download and start streaming quickly and easily on Windows, Mac or Linux.

Features include:

  • Encoding using H264 (x264) and AAC.
  • Support for Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) and NVENC.
  • Unlimited number of scenes and sources.
  • Live RTMP streaming to Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and more.
  • File output to MP4 or FLV.
  • GPU-based game capture for high performance game streaming.
  • DirectShow capture device support (webcams, capture cards, etc).
  • Bilinear or lanczos3 resampling.
  • API which allows developers to develop plugins.
  • Internationalization support: Bulgarian, Portuguese, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified.

Website: obsproject.com
Support: GitHub, Forums
Developer: Hugh “Jim” Bailey and contributors
License: GNU GPL v2


OBS is written in C and C++. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Return to Video Home Page | Return to Screencasting Home Page

Make a Donation
Click the button to make a donation via flattr. Donations help us to maintain and improve the site. You can also donate via PayPal.

Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.

The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There's tons of in-depth reviews, alternatives to Google, fun things to try, hardware, free programming books and tutorials, and much more.
Share this article

Share your Thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.