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How to Install OBS Screen Recorder in Ubuntu Linux

Open Broadcaster Studio (also known as OBS Screen Recorder) is a free and open source streaming software which can be used for making interactive videos for streaming via Facebook, YouTube, and other social media network. OBS Screen Recorder is one of the featured rich and advanced screencasting program for Linux. This streaming software let you do real-time source and device capture, recording and broadcasting, encoding, and scene composition. OBS – Free Live Streaming Software is a cross-platform application runs smoothly on Windows, Linux, and MacOS.

Features – OBS Screen Recorder


  • Real-Time audio and video capturing with high performance.
  • Supports multiple sources like webcam, text, images, window screen etc.
  • You can set up an unlimited number of scenes.
  • Easy and intuitive audio mixing with various source filters likes noise suppression and gain, noise gate etc.
  • Offers a set of powerful tools and easy to use for everyone.
  • A wide array of configuration options and tweaks for recording or broadcasting.
  • Supports custom hotkeys.
  • Live RTMP streaming to various social media like Facebook, YouTube, Twitch etc.
  • GPU based game recording and broadcasting with high performance.

OBS project has released a new version OBS Studio 21.1 which includes some new features and bug fixes. See the full changelog.

Install OBS – Open Broadcaster Studio


There are many way to install OBS in Ubuntu and other Ubuntu derivatives. Here I will touch upon all the ways to install open broadcaster studio on Ubuntu Linux. Incase you don’t know how to install software using Ubuntu PPA, Snap package, Flatpak etc, check out my previous tutorial on How To Install Software in Ubuntu.

1. Install OBS via Ubuntu PPA


OBS provides official Ubuntu PPA which contains the latest software version for all the current Ubuntu Linux.

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and older

Note: If you are still running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or older which doesn’t include FFmpeg officially, first you need to install it by running following command into the Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from app launcher).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kirillshkrogalev/ffmpeg-next
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install obs-studio
  • Ubuntu 15.04 and Following Versions

FFmpeg is officially included, just run the below command one by one into the Terminal:

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install obs-studio
  • Ubuntu Latest Versions

You just need to add the official PPA and install the free live streaming software – OBS. Follow the below commands:

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

How to Remove the OBS if installed via Ubuntu PPA

You can use synaptic package manager or use the following command to remove the OBS from the system:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove obs-studio

For removing PPA, follow “Software & Updates >> Other Software Tab >> Select and Remove Specific PPA”.

Remove the PPA from Software and Update Utility

2. Install OBS via Snap in Ubuntu


If you don’t like to install OBS screen recorder through third-party repositories, then Snap package can be used. This open source streaming software – OBS is available via as snap package in Ubuntu software center. If you are using Ubuntu 16.04 or older, then check out the detailed instruction on How to use Snap packages in Ubuntu Linux. Otherwise, search the OBS software in Ubuntu software center and install.

OBS Screen Recorder on Ubuntu software center
OBS Screen Recorder on Ubuntu software center

Or use the below command into the Terminal:

snap install obs-studio

Run more 2 command to get access into the webcam and external storage:

sudo snap connect obs-studio:camera
sudo snap connect obs-studio:removable-media

3. Install OBS on various Linux Distros


OBS provides an detailed instruction on how to install OBS Screen Recorder on various major Linux distributions including Arch Linux, Manjaro, Fedora, openSUSE etc. Check out the Official Tutorials.

Final Thought


Once you have completed installing OBS screen recorder, run it from Gnome Applications drawer. Now starts your own video streaming channel on social media.

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