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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

29.1.3 / 30.0 Beta 3 (September 9, 2023)



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Download OBS Studio 29.1.3 Windows 64-bit  128MB  Win64

Download OBS Studio 29.1.3 Mac 64-bit  122MB  Mac64

Download OBS Studio 29.1.3 Mac ARM 64-bit  107MB  MacARM64

Download OBS Studio 29.1.3 Linux 64-bit  Linux64




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Download OBS Studio 29.1.3 Portable Windows 64-bit  141MB  Win64  Portable

Download OBS Studio 30.0 Beta 3 Windows 64-bit  127MB  Win64

Download OBS Studio 30.0 Beta 3 Portable Windows 64-bit  127MB  Win64  Portable

Download OBS Studio 30.0 Beta 3 Mac  127MB  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 / What's New


OBS Studio 30.0 Beta 3

Note: As previously announced, this release removes support for Ubuntu 20.04, Qt 5, and FFmpeg versions prior to 4.4.

Beta 3 Changes
Fixed a crash when quickly switching between NVIDIA Audio Filters [pkviet]
Fixed a crash on Linux with Wayland when choosing a YouTube stream [ikalnytskyi]
Fixed service integrations missing in Flatpak build [tytan652]
Fixed AMD encoder settings not being saved in Simple Output Mode [tytan652]
Fixed source type version when dropping files onto the OBS UI [norihiro]
Fixed multiple issues with QSV on Linux [kkartaltepe]
Fixed an issue that could cause hardware encoders not showing up as options on capable GPUs [notr1ch]
Fixed SRT and RIST output being broken [pkviet]
Fixed possible security certificate verification failure when trying to stream with RTMPS on macOS [PatTheMav]
Fixed stream key tooltip being inaccurate [TianQiBuTian]
Fixed alignment of vertical audio mixer controls [cg2121]
Fixed alignment of status bar message [cg2121]
Added logging for "Ignore streaming service setting recommendations" [derrod]
Added logging for Video Capture Devices on macOS for portrait and studio light effects [gxalpha]
Increased minimum output resolution to 32x32 to prevent certain encoder failure scenarios [RytoEX]

OBS Studio 30.0 Beta 2

Note: As previously announced, this release removes support for Ubuntu 20.04, Qt 5, and FFmpeg versions prior to 4.4.

Beta 2 Changes
Fixed a crash in the Linux QSV implementation [kkartaltepe]
Fixed a crash with the YouTube Live Control Panel browser dock [Lain-B]
Fixed a crash in the QSV test app [notr1ch]
Fixed a memory leak [norihiro]
Fixed Safe Mode being enabled after changing settings that require a restart [derrod]
Enabled QSV encoders on Flatpak [tytan652]
Updated NVIDIA Audio/Video Effects SDK versions [pkviet]
Fixed Windows users getting shown the “update available” dialog despite being on the latest version [derrod]

OBS Studio 30.0 Beta 1

Note: As previously announced, this release removes support for Ubuntu 20.04, Qt 5, and FFmpeg versions prior to 4.4.

30.0 New Features
Added WHIP/WebRTC output [Sean-Der / kc5nra / DDRBoxman / tt2468]
With the introduction of WHIP, FTL is slated for removal in a release after May 2024
Redesigned the status bar [cg2121 / GeorgesStavracas / Warchamp7]
The redesigned status bar now provides the same information in a more organized and well structured way, with more representative and recognizable icons.
Added option for Full-Height docks to the "View" menu [ujifgc]
When enabled, a dock such as chat can take up the entire height of the OBS window
Added support Intel QSV on Linux [kkartaltepe]
Added a shader cache to improve OBS startup time on Windows [notr1ch]
Added application audio capture on macOS [jcm93]
Added a "Safe Mode" that runs OBS without third-party plugins, scripting, and websockets [derrod]
When OBS detects that it was not shut down properly it will offer the user the option to launch in Safe Mode for troubleshooting purposes. It can also be manually activated via the "Help" menu.
Reworked the virtual camera on macOS to work with all applications (on macOS 13 and newer) [gxalpha/PatTheMav]
Added a YouTube Live Control Panel when streaming to YouTube [yuriy-chunak]
Added 10-bit capture support for Decklink devices [jpark37]
Added HDR playback support for Decklink output [jpark37]
Added an option to hide OBS windows from macOS Screen Capture's "Display Capture" [PatTheMav]
30.0 Changes
Changed audio/video encoder dropdowns to be sorted by name [gxalpha]
Changed the list of applications in the macOS Screen Capture source to be sorted by name [Colerar]
Added more accurate logging for Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling status and support [derrod]
Added the ability to arrange filters via drag & drop [cg2121]
Enabled GPU scaling for "Rescale Output" when possible [Palana]
Clarified surround sound warning for YouTube 5.1 audio support [pkv]
Added warning if Lenovo Vantage is installed [notr1ch]
Added logging for scene changes in Studio Mode [Penwy]
Changed Video Capture Device sources on Windows to not show an audio device in the Audio Mixer if none is available/selected [Exeldro]
Added support for grayscale MJPEG in V4L / DirectShow sources [Staacks]
Improved settings interface of the "Text (FreeType 2)" source [gxalpha]
Added button to reactivate stopped capture in macOS Screen Capture [gxalpha]
Changed scene collection removal to retain a backup file (.bak) that can be easily reimported if needed [derrod]
Added IPv6 support for RTMP streaming output with IPv4 fallback ("happy eyeballs") for dual-stack streaming services. The preferred protocol can still be selected in advanced settings. [jgh-twitch]
Fixed virtual camera output when used with additional output channels (e.g., Downstream Keyer plugin) [tytan652]
Added ability to set FFmpeg Options for VAAPI [nowrep]
Added a Help menu item to view the Release Notes [WizardCM]
30.0 Bug Fixes
Fixed a crash when using Touch Portal to control OBS [notr1ch]
Fixed a crash when selecting a window in PipeWire capture if one is already selected [GeorgesStavracas]
Fixed a crash on OBS shutdown on macOS [norihiro]
Fixed a crash with the auto-config wizard [norihiro]
Fixed a crash when trying to capture screen via PipeWire [columbarius]
Fixed a crash when rapidly changing scenes [PatTheMav]
Fixed checking for updates not working on Windows if the username contains special characters [derrod]
Affected users will have to manually update to OBS 30.0
Removed legacy AMD encoder plugin [derrod]
Users upgrading from an older OBS version will continue to be able to use the old plugin
Fixed max bitrate not working in NVENC VBR mode [flaeri]
Fixed warnings being cut off in the UI in Simple Output Mode [gxalpha]
Fixed the installed version number visible in Windows Settings not being updated when using the auto-updater [derrod]
Fixed window capture showing the last frame of a closed window on Windows [Walker-WSH]
Fixed alignment helpers rendering below safe area indicators [cg2121]
Fixed some edge cases where certain undo/redo actions could behave in unexpected ways [derrod]
Fixed media source restarting playback when not necessary [CodeYan01]
Fixed frontend_save_callback in Python scripts [Penwy]
Fixed "flip" not working with "stretch to bounds" [Penwy]
Fixed OBS stealing focus when launching minimized [BenJuan26]
Fixed lossless recording not working if fragmented MP4/MOV was selected [gxalpha]
Fixed rendezvous mode with SRT [pkv]
Fixed browser source events not being sent to all frames [Exeldro]
Improved FFmpeg VAAPI AMD encoder video quality [nowrep]
Fixed virtual camera not deactivating correctly in some cases [Lain-B]
Fixed lag with VLC media source, particularly on macOS [usakhelo]
Fixed "Show more" in service settings selecting the first service in the list [gxalpha]
Fixed incorrectly positioned labels in a scenes-only multiview projector [norihiro]
Fixed detected framerate of videos encoded with Custom Output (FFmpeg) [jack-karamanian]
Fixed a bug where the "Show fullscreen and hidden windows/applications" option in macOS Screen Capture did not apply immediately [niw]
Fixed a bug where the Auto-Configuration Wizard didn't save YouTube stream key [Lain-B]
Fixed a bug where the OK button was enabled in the Add Source dialog if "Add Existing" was selected but no existing source was selected [gxalpha]
Fixed a bug where using VoiceOver to toggle the "Use Different Colors" GroupBox in the Accessibility settings, the Apply button would not activate [gxalpha]
Fixed a bug where the Auto-Configuration Wizard would show current frame rate in scientific notation if FPS was 100 or greater [gxalpha]
Fixed an issue where importing a Streamlabs Desktop scene collection would result in OBS performing seemingly random scene changes and scene item visibility changes [prgmitchell]
Fixed not being able to select a stream audio encoder if previous selection was invalidated [derrod]
Fixed source transform shortcuts in context (flip, rotate, etc.) when multiple scene items are selected [gxalpha]

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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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Rating by pcspeak on Mar 31, 2022 Version: 27.2.3 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




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




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


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