Install OBS Studio on Ubuntu 20.04 or Ubuntu-based distributions

An OBS Studio aka Open Broadcaster Software is a cross-platform, open-source and powerful live streaming and video recording application. Repository for source code is available on GitHub.

While writing this article, it supported for Linux, Windows, and Mac platforms. Some of the sponsors are Facebook, Twitch, also.

Some of the supported available features

  • Live streaming
  • Video recording
  • Fully configurable with multiple video sources
  • Individual audio mixer with per-source supporting filters
  • Video transitions
  • Real-time video/audio capturing and mixing
  • Free and open-source
  • Export to multiple formats
  • Drag and drop
  • and many more.

In this article we will see how to install this open-source video recording and live streaming software in Ubuntu or Ubuntu based distributions. Follow the same steps to install into other Ubuntu-based distributions:

Note: OBS Studio is dependent on ffmpeg so first we need to install it with below command.

Install FFMPEG

Below command will also fix broken packages as we’ve specified -f option within our command.

sudo apt install -f ffmpeg

Installing from official PPA using terminal

An official PPA for OBS Studio is also available for download. First, we need to add PPA to our system.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the below commands with sudo privileges.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio
sudo apt update
sudo apt install -f obs-studio

Single line command

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio &&\
sudo apt update &&\
sudo apt install -f obs-studio

This command will install the latest OBS Studio with other dependencies and fixes broken packages if any. It can be updated through the command-line or your Software Update tool

Run application

Once the installation is done, we can now run obs studio from application launcher or type obs in terminal.

Hope you like this!

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Vishnu Damwala
Vishnu Damwala

A web geek, an industry experienced web developer & tutor/instructor residing in India 🇮🇳