Install Open Broadcaster Software ‘obs-studio’ in Ubuntu 15.10

Last updated: December 5, 2015

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OBS-Studio is a free and open-source software for video recording and live streaming. The software features:

  • 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).
  • Windows 8 high speed monitor capture support.
  • Bilinear or lanczos3 resampling.

The current release is OBS Multiplatform 0.12.3, which added m3u8 file format for recording and fixed a few bugs.

Sorry that OBS doesn't work for my laptop's integrated graphics card. Picture from linux distro community forum

Sorry that OBS doesn’t work for my laptop’s integrated graphics card. Picture from linux distro community forum

Install OBS-Studio in Ubuntu via PPA:

The software is available in a PPA repository for Ubuntu and derivatives users. Ubuntu 15.10 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS are supported so far.

1. Add the PPA

Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys. When it opens, paste below command and hit enter:

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


Type in your password when it asks, no visual feedback so just type in mind, and hit Enter to continue.

2. For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and derivatives only.

The Software requires ffmpeg which is not included in 14.04’s official repositories. If you don’t have ffmpeg installed, add below PPA via command:

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

3. After that, search for and install obs-studio via Synaptic Package Manager after clicking the Refresh button.

Or run below commands one by one in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install obs-studio

How to Uninstall:

You may remove both PPAs by launching Software & Updates and navigating to Other Software tab, and remove the broadcaster software via Synaptic Package Manager or by running below command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove obs-studio && sudo apt-get autoremove


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2 responses to Install Open Broadcaster Software ‘obs-studio’ in Ubuntu 15.10

  1. Hello,

    If i start my OBS after a few seconds it crashes. I’m using linux ubuntu 14.04.
    How do i reset my default settings?


  2. Hey Ji,

    I had an issue with uninstalling OBS-Studio and having it still linger on my Linux Ubuntu. Your uninstall command worked completely well for me! Thanks for the help!