How to Install OBS Studio 21.1 in Ubuntu 18.04/16.04

Last updated: March 20, 2018

OBS Studio, free and open-source live streaming and screen recording software, reached 21.1 release a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.04, and/or Ubuntu 14.04.

Changes OBS Studio 21.1 include:

  • Updated the Browser source to Chromium 63 with a few fixes and APNG (animated PNG) image files support.
  • Dockable windows can now be nested.
  • Updated the program to use the latest Microsoft development toolchain (Visual Studio 2017) for the Windows version.
  • Changed log file uploading to hastebin (for now) instead of anonymous github gists due to github removing anonymous gist support.
  • Fixed an issue where the AMD encoder wouldn’t show up for some people since 21.0.
  • And various other fixes. See the release page.

How to Install OBS Studio 21.1 in Ubuntu:

The software has a Ubuntu PPA contains the latest packages for all current Ubuntu releases.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

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

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. For Ubuntu 14.04 you also need to run command to another PPA for FFmpeg library:

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

3. Now you can install OBS-Studio via Synaptic package manager, upgrade the software from an existing release via Software Updater, or simply run commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install obs-studio

Once installed, launch the software from Unity Launcher, Gnome Launcher, or other app launcher and enjoy!


To remove the software, either use Synaptic package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove obs-studio

To remove PPA repositories, launch Software & Updates and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab.


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8 responses to How to Install OBS Studio 21.1 in Ubuntu 18.04/16.04

  1. Is this(OBS Studio) new to Ubuntu 18.04

  2. Thanks! Just one question though – why are you still using “apt-get” instead of just “apt”? For example: sudo apt update

    • Noah L. Pearson July 12, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      It’s more precise? That’s the only thing I could think off. Apt is a combination of all apt commands, into one more broad area, where apt-get is still a more specific command.

  3. Hello. i have problem, tks

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio
    Latest stable release of OBS Studio
    Más información:
    Pulse [ENTRAR] para continuar o Ctrl+C para cancelar la adición.

    Obj:1 “ bionic” InRelease
    Obj:2 “ bionic-updates” InRelease
    Obj:3 “ bionic-backports” InRelease
    Des:4 “ bionic-security” InRelease [83,2 kB]
    Ign:5 “ bionic” InRelease
    Obj:6 “ bionic” InRelease
    Err:7 “ bionic” Release
    404 Not Found [IP: 80]
    Leyendo lista de paquetes… Hecho
    E: El repositorio “ bionic” Release» no tiene un fichero de Publicación.
    N: No se puede actualizar de un repositorio como este de forma segura y por tanto está deshabilitado por omisión.
    N: Vea la página de manual apt-secure(8) para los detalles sobre la creación de repositorios y la configuración de usuarios.

    • The output indicates that the “kirillshkrogalev/ffmpeg-next” PPA does not support Ubuntu 18.04, you can easily remove it by opening Software & Updates -> Other Software tab, and then remove the following line in the list:

      “ bionic”

  4. cannot open obs in 18.04. error
    Failed to initialize video. Your GPU may not be supported, or your graphics drivers may need to be updated.

  5. Hi.
    Excellent tutorial. Using ZorinOS 12.4 and everything worked just perfect. Congrats

    P.S. IMHO you should suggest to use just “apt” instead of “apt-get”