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OBS Studio (also known as Open Broadcaster Software ) is a free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Record everything from your monitor/screen/window or camera/capture card and live stream or save to your HDD as MP4/MKV. High performance real time video/audio capturing and mixing, with unlimited scenes you can switch between seamlessly via custom transitions. Filters for video sources such as image masking, color correction, chroma/color keying, and more.

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Latest version

27.0.1 / 27.1 RC3 (September 17, 2021)



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Download OBS Studio 27.0.1 Windows 64-bit  86MB  Win64

Download OBS Studio 27.0.1 Windows  82MB  Win

Download OBS Studio 27.0.1 Mac  130MB  Mac

Download OBS Studio 27.0.1 Linux  Linux




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Download OBS Studio 27.0.1 Portable Windows 64-bit  97MB  Win64  Portable

Download OBS Studio 27.0.1 Portable Windows  92MB  Win  Portable

Download OBS Studio 27.1 RC3 Windows 64-bit  85MB  Win64

Download OBS Studio 27.1 RC3 Portable Windows 64-bit  85MB  Win64  Portable

Download OBS Studio 27.1 RC3 Mac  85MB  Mac




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Software License

Free software / FOSS (Free download and also Free and Open Source Software)



Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS LinuxLinux




Version history / Release notes / Changelog


OBS Studio 27.1 Release Candidate 3

Release Candidate 3 Fixes
Changes to YouTube integration
Broadcasts are now set-up via a dedicated “Manage Broadcast” button
Broadcasts can now be created or selected without going live immediately
Support for uploading a thumbnail was added
Added a checkbox to remember settings used when creating a broadcast
Bandwidth testing during the Auto-Configuration Wizard process is now supported
Fixed potential crash in Auto-Configuration Wizard when testing bandwidth
Minor adjustments to Dark/Acri theme
Release Candidate 2 Fixes
Fixed a bug where the auto-start and auto-stop checkboxes for YouTube integration could sometimes be disabled
Fixed a bug where stream delay didn’t work with YouTube integration
Fixed certain categories missing or not being translated in the YouTube stream configuration dialog
The description box when starting a YouTube broadcast is now a multi-line
Fixed a crash when using Alt-Tab with a captured game
Fixed a bug where scheduled broadcasts would lose their set description
The “Network optimizations” option will now be disabled when using RTMPS due to issues
Fixed a bug where changing to a service with stream key wouldn't unlink a previously linked account
New Features and Additions
Added YouTube integration [yuriy-chumak]
Allows the ability to connect your YouTube account without using a stream key
Adds various features when starting your stream that allows you to set settings for each stream: your stream title, description, privacy settings, scheduling streams, and more
Also features a chat dock for public and unlisted broadcasts (currently read-only) [derrod]
Special thanks to the developers at YouTube for working with us directly on the initial implementation of this feature and helping to make it a reality
Added an 18-scene multiview option [XDelta]
Added a “Mask Only” option to the stinger track matte [Jim]
Added a feature to browser sources to allow limited control over OBS, which must be explicitly granted by the user [gxalpha]
Added an option to draw safe areas in the preview (same as the safe areas in the multiview) [cg2121]
Tweaks
Added performance fixes for Windows 11 and Windows 10 Insider builds [rcdrone]
Names for displays on macOS Display capture are now human readable names [Developer-Ecosystem-Engineering]
Auto-Remux now works with Replay Buffer [gxalpha]
Optimized the media source, reducing unnecessary CPU usage [rcdrone]
The missing files dialog will now detect missing files for stingers as well [gxalpha]
Remove “Enter Fullscreen” from the menu on macOS because macOS already has a builtin fullscreen mode interface option [gxalpha]
Sources that are invisible/hidden will now have their text dimmed as well in the source list [gxalpha]
Added a “Missing Files Check” menu item to the “Scene Collections” menu [gxalpha]
Added source icons to the source toolbar [cg2121]
Image sources that use gif files now will animate in preview when using studio mode [cg2121]
Enabled Alpha option in the Freetype 2 Test Source’s Font dialog [norihiro]
Added the ability to disable the Missing Files dialog using a startup flag [tt2468]
Added Ctrl+R on Linux and Cmd+R on macOS to reload browser panels [WizardCM]
Re-enabled drag & drop for scenes & sources on Linux [GeorgeStavracas]
Minor UI improvements to various areas, including Source Toolbar, Transform dialog and more [Warchamp7]
Improved internal behaviour in the game capture source to avoid unnecessary re-hooking [rcdrone]
Bug Fixes
Fixed a bug on Wayland on Linux where the cursor would capture slightly mispositioned [GeorgeStavracas]
Fixed a bug with Dynamic Bitrate that would cause it to malfunction when used with hardware encoders [R1CH]
Fixed a bug on Wayland where capture methods (ie window/desktop) that weren’t fully supported would appear anyway [GeorgeStavracas]
Fixed a variety of colour-related bugs in window capture and browser source [rcdrone]
Fixed a bug where track matte stingers would flash previous frames sometimes [Jim]
Fixed an issue where the projectors would list incorrect resolutions for DPI-scaled monitors [RytoEX]
Fixed a crash on exit that could occur when using 3rd party plugins that hold references to sources with audio monitoring enabled [R1CH]
Fixed a bug where the Game Capture source would occasionally still capture overlays with the “Capture third-party overlays” option disabled [kokole]
Fixed a bug where keyboard interaction did not work correctly on macOS [WizardCM]
Fixed a bug where the replay buffer could crash when plugins interact with it [exeldro]
Fixed an issue where the mask/blend filter looked incorrect on version 27 [rcdrone]
Fixed a bug where deleting a scene that’s used as a source wouldn’t Undo/Redo properly [exeldro]
Fixed a bug where the Auto-Remux would pop up blank sometimes [gxalpha]
Fixed a bug where performing a redo for creating sources would cause sources to be created in the wrong scene [gxalpha]
Fixed the “Deactivate when not showing” option in the Decklink source not working properly [cg2121]
Fixed a bug where themes were unable to use previously defined palette variables [WizardCM]
Fixed log viewer taking up unnecessary extra memory when closed [cg2121]
Fixed a crash that could occur when exiting OBS with decklink output active [R1CH]
Fixed an issue where saving screenshots or the replay buffer would fail if the output filename format contained a directory path [R1CH]
Fixed a bug where setting a reconnect delay of 0 seconds would cause OBS to become unresponsive [R1CH]

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All features


Intuitive audio mixer with filter functionality such as noise gate, noise suppression, and gain.

Powerful and easy to use configuration options. Add new Sources, duplicate existing ones, and adjust their properties effortlessly.

Improved and streamlined Settings panel for quickly configuring your broadcasts and recordings.

Both light and dark themes available to fit your preference




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Acronyms / Also Known As

Open Broadcaster, OBS Studio, OBS Classic, Open Broadcaster Software



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23 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


Rating by kelly quinn on Aug 18, 2021 Version: 10.33 OS: MacOS9 Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Rating by kelly quinn on Aug 18, 2021 Version: 10.33 OS: MacOS9 Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Can not play any encrypted online video.

Review by linuxgeek on Jul 13, 2021 Version: 27.0.1 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 5/10




Rating by summerclock on Jun 21, 2021 Version: 27.0.1 OS: Windows 10 Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Rating by TheDon on Jun 25, 2020 Version: 25.0.8 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10


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