OBS Studio

OBS Studio

Snapcrafters Publisher

Install latest/stable of OBS Studio

Ubuntu 16.04 or later?

Make sure snap support is enabled in your Desktop store.


Install using the command line

sudo snap install obs-studio

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Free and open source software for live streaming and screen recording

OBS Studio is software designed for capturing, compositing, encoding, recording, and streaming video content, efficiently. This is a community-supported modified build of OBS Studio; please file issues on the Snapcrafters GitHub: https://github.com/snapcrafters/obs-studio/issues

Batteries included

The snap of OBS studio comes pre-loaded with some extra features:

  • Supports nvenc (NVIDIA) and VA-API (AMD & Intel) accelerated video encoding.
  • Advanced Scene Switcher plugin; an automated scene switcher
  • Browser plugin; CEF-based OBS Studio browser plugin
  • Directory Watch Media plugin; filter you can add to a media source to load the oldest or newest file in a directory.
  • DVD Screensaver plugin; a DVD screen saver source type.
  • Dynamic Delay plugin; filter for dynamic delaying a video source.
  • Freeze Filter plugin; freeze a source using a filter.
  • gPhoto plugin; connect DSLR cameras with obs-studio via gPhoto.
  • GStreamer plugins; feed GStreamer launch pipelines into OBS Studio and use GStreamer encoder elements.
  • Move Transition plugin; move sources to a new position during a scene transition.
  • NDI plugin; Network A/V via NewTek's NDI.
  • Replay Source plugin; slow-motion replay async sources from memory.
  • RGB Levels plugin; simple filter to adjust RGB levels.
  • Source Switcher plugin; to switch between a list of sources.
  • Spectralizer plugin; audio visualization using fftw.
  • StreamFX plugin; collection modern effects filters and transitions.
  • Text Pango plugin; Provides a text source rendered using Pango with multi-language support, emoji support, vertical rendering and RTL support.
  • Transition Matrix plugin; customize Any -> One or One -> One scene transitions.
  • VNC Source plugin; VNC viewer that works as a source.
  • Websockets plugin; remote-control OBS Studio through WebSockets.

Connecting Interfaces

For the best experience, you'll want to connect the following interfaces.

sudo snap connect obs-studio:alsa
sudo snap connect obs-studio:audio-record
sudo snap connect obs-studio:avahi-control
sudo snap connect obs-studio:camera
sudo snap connect obs-studio:jack1
sudo snap connect obs-studio:kernel-module-observe

NDI

If you want to use the NDI plugin you'll need to connect the Avahi Control interface.

snap connect obs-studio:avahi-control

Virtual Camera

Starting with OBS 26.1.0, Virtual Camera support is integrated. Here's how to install and configure v4l2loopback:

sudo snap connect obs-studio:kernel-module-observe
sudo apt -y install v4l2loopback-dkms v4l2loopback-utils
echo "options v4l2loopback devices=1 video_nr=13 card_label='OBS Virtual Camera'    exclusive_caps=1" | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/v4l2loopback.conf
echo "v4l2loopback" | sudo tee /etc/modules-load.d/v4l2loopback.conf
sudo modprobe -r v4l2loopback
sudo modprobe v4l2loopback devices=1 video_nr=13 card_label='OBS Virtual Camera' exclusive_caps=1

NOTE! Using video_nr greater than 64 will not work.

Removable Storage

To access content on external storage, connect to the removable-media plug:

snap connect obs-studio:removable-media

gPhoto

The gPhoto plugin allows some DSLR cameras to be connected via USB. You'll need to connect the Raw USB interface.

snap connect obs-studio:raw-usb

3rd Party plugins

To install pre-compiled plugins, download and extract the plugin to ~/snap/obs-studio/current/.config/obs-studio/plugins/.

This is how the Input Overlay plugin looks when correctly installed:

/home/username/snap/obs-studio/current/.config/obs-studio/plugins/
└── input-overlay
    ├── bin
    │   └── 64bit
    │       └── input-overlay.so
    └── data
        └── locale
            ├── de-DE.ini
            ├── en-US.ini
            └── ru-RU.ini

If you want to use the Input Overlay plugin, you'll also need to connect the joystick interface:

snap connect obs-studio:joystick

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Details for OBS Studio

License
GPL-2.0
Last updated
17 January 2021

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