Install OBS Studio on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - Step by step guide ?


OBS Studio is an open-source and free tool used for audio / video recording and live streaming. It can be used for capturing, recording, streaming, and encoding video content. It can simultaneously record videos from many sources, combine, and stream them to a streaming platform. You can install and use it on Linux, MacOS, and Windows OS.

Here at Ibmi Media, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Software Installation queries on Linux systems.

In this context, we shall look into how to install OBS Studio on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.


Different ways on installing OBS Studio on Ubuntu Linux system

  • OBS Studio installation via Ubuntu Repositories.
  • OBS Studio installation via PPA Repository.
  • OBS Studio installation via Snap.


1. OBS Studio installation via Ubuntu Repositories

OBS studio is available in the Ubuntu repositories. In the following method, we will install OBS studio using the apt package manager.

i. First, use the command below to keep your sources list up to date:

$ sudo apt update

ii. Now to install OBS, use the below command:

$ sudo apt install obs-studio

After executing the above installation command, it might prompt you with the y/n option. To continue the process, hit y and then hit Enter.


2. OBS Studio installation via PPA Repository

The OBS studio package available in the default repositories of Ubuntu is not the latest version. If you want to have the latest version 27.1 of OBS studio, you can install it using the PPA repository. In the following method, we will install OBS studio using the PPA repository.

i. First, enable the Multiverse repository in your Ubuntu system:

$ sudo apt-add-repository multiverse

If prompted, enter the sudo password.

Then update your sources list using the below command:

$ sudo apt update

ii. Now, add PPA repository for OBS studio using the below command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio

After adding the OBS repository, update your sources list using the command below:

$ sudo apt update

iii. Now install the OBS studio via apt:

$ sudo apt install obs-studio

You will be asked for confirmation. To continue the process, hit y and then hit Enter.

Wait for the installation of OBS studio to finish, after which you are ready to use OBS studio.


3. OBS Studio installation via Snap

You can also get the OBS studio latest version 27.1 using the snap package. In the following method, we will install OBS studio using the OBS snap package.

i. Use the command below to keep your sources list up to date.

$ sudo apt update

ii. Now, install snapd using this command:

$ sudo apt install snapd

You will be asked for confirmation. To continue, hit y and then hit Enter.

iii. Then to install OBS studio, use the command below:

$ sudo snap install obs-studio

Now the installation will start. Wait for the installation to be completed, after which you are ready to use OBS studio.


How to Launch OBS Studio ?

To launch OBS studio, hit the super key and then use the search bar at the top to search and launch OBS studio.

You can also use the command below to launch OBS studio from the command line:

$ obs-studio


How to uninstall OBS Studio from your Ubuntu Linux system ?

In case you need to remove OBS studio from your ubuntu system, use the below methods:

1. If you have installed OBS studio using either Ubuntu default repositories or PPA repository, you can use this command to remove it:

$ sudo apt remove obs-studio

When prompted for the password, provide the sudo password. Then it might ask for confirmation. To continue with removal process, hit y and then hit Enter. It will then remove OBS studio from your system.

2. If you have installed OBS studio using snap, here is the command you can use to remove it:

$ sudo snap remove obs-studio

When prompted for the password, provide the sudo password. It will then remove OBS studio from your system.


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Conclusion

This article covers the process of installing OBS studio on your Ubuntu Linux system. In fact, OBS Studio is a free open source software for capturing, compositing, encoding, recording, and streaming video content.


Main features of OBS Studio includes:

  • Live to stream.
  • 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.

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