Install Instructions

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Building OBS Studio

Please see the build instructions for:



Microsoft Store


  • Install OBS Studio from Steam

Portable version

  • Download the official ZIP version of OBS Studio from:
  • Unzip the ZIP
  • In the folder you unzipped, create a blank .txt file and name it obs_portable_mode.txt


Disk image

  • Download the official macOS version of OBS Studio from:
  • Mount the disk image (.dmg) and drag to the Applications folder


Prerequisites for all versions

  • xserver-xorg version 1.18.4 or newer is recommended to avoid potential performance issues with certain features in OBS, such as the fullscreen projector.

  • OpenGL 3.3 (or later) support is required to use OBS Studio on Linux. You can check what version of OpenGL is supported by your system by typing glxinfo | grep "OpenGL" on Terminal.

  • For virtual camera support, you need the v4l2loopback-dkms module installed. You can install it with the following command:

    • Debian/Ubuntu-based:

      sudo apt install v4l2loopback-dkms
    • Red Hat/Fedora-based:

      sudo dnf install kmod-v4l2loopback
    • Arch Linux-based/Manjaro:

      You will need to install the kernel headers package of your actual kernel beforehand or the module will not be completely installed.

      sudo pacman -Sy v4l2loopback-dkms

Supported builds

The OBS Project maintains two official, supported Linux builds of OBS Studio: Flatpak and Ubuntu.


The Flatpak distribution is recommended for non-Ubuntu distributions.


  • Enable the multiverse repo in Ubuntu's software center
  • Install OBS Studio on Ubuntu 18.04 or later using:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install obs-studio

Unofficial builds

Please note that any install directions/packages for Linux/FreeBSD distributions listed as unofficial means that they are community provided, and any support for those packages should be directed at the appropriate distro/package maintainers.

Read the Unofficial Linux builds guide for installation instructions on other Linux distributions, including:

  • Arch Linux
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • Gentoo
  • Manjaro
  • NixOS
  • OpenMandriva
  • OpenSUSE
  • snappy
  • Solus
  • UOS/Deepin
  • Void


Install OBS Studio:

pkg install obs-studio