Install Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) in Ubuntu 15.04

Launch OBS


Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is free, open source, cross platform video recording and live streaming software. It’s absolutely free , feature rich application. It started as a small project but got popularity due to its stability and easy of use. Today, it is considered an essential component of computer system if you like to record or stream videos on your workstation. We will be reviewing its prominent features and installation process on Ubuntu Linux 15.04 today.

Prominent Features

Here are important feature of this freeware:

  • Quick Sync Video (QSV) and NVENC support
  • No cap on the number of scenes and sources
  • RTMP streaming features to popular sites like  Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox
  • Both MP4 or FLV as file output supported formats
  • High performance game streaming capabilities
  • Support for capture devices like webcams

Installing OBS in Ubuntu 15.04

Lets see how we can install this beautiful piece of software to our ubuntu system. This tool has only one dependency i.e. FFMPEG. In order to proceed with OBS installation, please make sure you have ffmpeg installed on your ubuntu system.

Launch terminal window and run following command to add PPA repository for FFMPEG.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kirillshkrogalev/ffmpeg-next

ffmpeg ppa

Once PPA has been added, run following command to update APT package manager repositories.

sudo apt-get update

Now run following command to install FFMPEG on your ubuntu system.

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

install ffmpeg

Pre-requisite has been installed now, lets go ahead with OBS installation now. Launch your terminal and run following command to add OBS PPA repository.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio

add obs repo

Once again, update APT package manager repos by running the following command:

sudo apt-get update

Run following command to install Open broadcaster software on your favorite distro.

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg obs-studio

install obs

As soon as its installation is complete, launch it from Applications >> OBS .

Launch OBS

It will ask you to accept License Agreement for once; do it to start using this awesome app  🙂

obs user agreemen



The prominent features and easy of use have made this tool a popular one. It runs fine on Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. It has good online help available for newbie and learners.