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Table of Contents
- About the Project
- Getting Started
- Use with your broadcasting software
- Video storage and distribution options
- Building from source
About The Project
Owncast is an open source, self-hosted, decentralized, single user live streaming and chat server for running your own live streams similar in style to the large mainstream options. It offers complete ownership over your content, interface, moderation and audience. Visit the demo for an example.
The goal is to have a single service that you can run and it works out of the box. Visit the Quickstart to get up and running.
Many aspects can be adjusted and customized to your preferences. Read more about Configuration to update the web UI, video settings, and more.
Web interface + chat
Owncast includes a web interface to your video with built-in chat that is available once you start the server.
Read more about the features provided and how to configure them in the web documentation.
Use with your existing broadcasting software
In general Owncast is compatible with any software that uses
RTMP to broadcast to a remote server.
RTMP is what all the major live streaming services use, so if you’re currently using one of those it’s likely that you can point your existing software at your Owncast instance instead.
OBS, Streamlabs, Restream and many others have been used with Owncast. Read more about compatibility with existing software.
Video storage options
Two ways of storing and distributing the video are supported.
- Locally via the Owncast server.
- S3-compatible storage.
Local file distribution
This is the simplest and works out of the box. In this scenario video will be served to the public from the computer that is running the server. If you have a fast internet connection, enough bandwidth alotted to you, and a small audience this may be fine for many people.
Instead of serving video directly from your personal server you can use a S3 compatible storage provider to offload the bandwidth and storage requirements elsewhere.
Building from Source
- Ensure you have the gcc compiler configured.
- Install the Go toolchain.
- Clone the repo.
git clone https://github.com/owncast/owncast
go run main.go pkged.gowill run from source.
- Point your broadcasting software at your new server and start streaming.
There is also a supplied
Dockerfile so you can spin it up from source with little effort. Read more about running from source.
Bundling in latest admin from source
The admin ui is built at: https://github.com/owncast/owncast-admin it is bundled into the final binary using pkger.
To bundle in the latest admin UI:
- Install pkger.
go install github.com/markbates/pkger/cmd/...
- From the owncast directory run the packager script:
- Compile or run like above.
go run main.go pkged.go
Distributed under the MIT License. See
LICENSE for more information.
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Project Link: https://github.com/owncast/owncast