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Install Instructions

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Please see the build instructions for:



Microsoft Store

  • Install OBS Studio from the Microsoft Store


  • Install OBS Studio from Steam

Portable version

  • Download the official ZIP version of OBS Studio from:
  • Unzip the ZIP
  • In the folder you unzipped, create a blank .txt file and name it obs_portable_mode.txt


Disk image

  • Download the official macOS version of OBS Studio from:
  • Mount the disk image (.dmg) and drag to the Applications folder


Prerequisites for all versions

  • xserver-xorg version 1.18.4 or newer is recommended to avoid potential performance issues with certain features in OBS, such as the fullscreen projector.
  • OpenGL 3.3 (or later) support is required to use OBS Studio on Linux. You can check what version of OpenGL is supported by your system by typing glxinfo | grep "OpenGL" on Terminal.
  • For virtual camera support, you need the v4l2loopback kernel module installed. You can install it with the following command:
    • Debian/Ubuntu-based:

      sudo apt install v4l2loopback-dkms
    • Red Hat/Fedora-based (requires RPM Fusion to be enabled):

      sudo dnf install kmod-v4l2loopback
    • Fedora Silverblue/Kinoite:

      rpm-ostree install kmod-v4l2loopback
    • Arch Linux-based/Manjaro:

      You will need to install the kernel headers package of your actual kernel beforehand or the module will not be completely installed.

      sudo pacman -S v4l2loopback-dkms
    OBS Studio will normally load the module while starting the virtual camera if the module was not already loaded.

Supported builds

The OBS Project maintains two official, supported Linux builds of OBS Studio: Flatpak and Ubuntu.


The Flatpak distribution is recommended for non-Ubuntu distributions.


  • Enable the multiverse repo in Ubuntu's software center
  • Install OBS Studio on Ubuntu 18.04 or later using:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install obs-studio

Unofficial builds

Please note that any install directions/packages for Linux/FreeBSD distributions listed as unofficial means that they are community provided, and any support for those packages should be directed at the appropriate distro/package maintainers.

Read the Unofficial Linux builds guide for installation instructions on other Linux distributions, including:

  • Arch Linux
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • Gentoo
  • Manjaro
  • NixOS
  • OpenMandriva
  • OpenSUSE
  • snappy
  • Solus
  • UOS/Deepin
  • Void


Install OBS Studio:

pkg install obs-studio
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