How To Install OBS Studio on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install OBS Studio on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OBS Studio on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, OBS Studio is a free open source software for capturing, compositing, encoding, recording, and streaming video content, it is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the OBS Studio on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

OBS Studio Features

  • 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
  • and many more.

Install OBS Studio on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing OBS Studio on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install OBS Studio from Snap.

To install OBS Studio, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install obs-studio

Once installation is done, now we are going to connect the media:

sudo snap connect obs-studio:camera
sudo snap connect obs-studio:removable-media
  • Install OBS Studio from PPA.

An official PPA for OBS Studio is also available for download. First, we need to add PPA to our system:

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

Once this is done, we will install OBS Studio with the following command:

sudo apt install obs-studio
sudo apt install ffmpeg

Step 3. Accessing OBS on Ubuntu.

If you have successfully completed the above installation steps, you can now easily run OBS Studio. To do this, just launch OBS Studio from “Activities“.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed OBS. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the OBS Studio on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official OBS Studio website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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