Alternatives to Open Broadcaster Software for all platforms with any license





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  • Fraps icon


    Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can...

    Freemium Windows

    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 3.5.99, released on February 26th, 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.
    • Fraps does not offer the ability to send the video stream to a distant server. Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Can record local game footage just like OBS, difference being lossy and lossless Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • SimpleScreenRecorder icon


    SimpleScreenRecorder is a Linux screen recorder that supports X11 and OpenGL. It is easy to use, feature-rich, and has a Qt-based graphical user interface. It can record...

    Open Source Linux

    • Although it has not OBS's feature set, it does allow streaming to Twitch and Youtube. Guest • Jul 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • SimpleScreenRecorder can record and live stream similar to Open Broadcaster Software Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • XSplit Broadcaster icon

    XSplit Broadcaster

    XSplit Broadcaster is a desktop application designed to make your multimedia broadcasting and recording a lot easier and more fun to do. With its live output...

    Freemium Windows

    • Lots of live-streamers use both XSplit and OBS to achieve the same goal Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Kazam icon


    Kazam is a simple screen recording program that will capture the content of your screen and record a video file that can be played by any video player that supports...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Mishira icon


    Mishira is a personal audiovisual production tool used for editing and broadcasting live video over the internet that has been specifically designed for people who play...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued From homepage: "Please note that development on Mishira is currently on hold! The latest build was released in August 2014."
  • Livestream icon


    A video live streaming platform that allows it's customers to broadcast live video content online, and viewers to play the content via an internet connected device. .

    Commercial Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad ... tvOS

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  • Screencastify icon


    Free up to 10 minutes, contains logo, no youtube uploads. Premium is $24, unlimited length supports trim and MP4 export.

    Freemium Web / Cloud Chrome

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  • Screen Recorder icon

    Screen Recorder

    Screen Recorder is a free open-source screen recorder software for Windows environment, records specific part of Windows desktop screen as an AVI file. The option of...

    Open Source Windows

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  • FFsplit icon


    A freeware application that lets users stream high quality content similar to XSplit Broadcaster and Flash Media Live Encoder. Currently, the application is in early...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version,, released on December 3rd, 2014, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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Open Broadcaster Software Comments

OBS Windows 10 Anniversary Update -1 Helpful

Comment by victorf
about Open Broadcaster Software Dec 2016

It's a bit clunky and confusing to get it work especially if you have a laptop (which most of them have dual-gpu).
After Windows 10 Anniversary Update, OBS is totally not functional. Reports say that crashes a lot, in my experience that didn't happen however the local recordings are worthless, even with low bitrate, low resolution and recording with one of each codecs (h.265 and QSV) the result is the same: no in-game lag but the file ending up with extremely low file size and very choppy as if the game was played in 10fps.

If you have Windows 7 or Windows 10 before Anniversary Update then go for it.

Note: I recorded the same game with same settings with other recording software and the results are what you expect, so definitely there's a problem with OBS Studio AND OBS Classic.


Powerful and a bit clunky

Positive Comment by Thelle
about Open Broadcaster Software May 2016

Open Broadcaster Software (studio) is a bit clunky, but very powerfull piece of software for live streaming.


Didn't work for me -1 Helpful

Negative Comment by Siem
about Open Broadcaster Software Apr 2016

It's a hell of a job to get it working. On one PC we did it, on the next PC: no way. What a waste of time this was!!!


Great streaming software 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by pamilacurtis
about Open Broadcaster Software Jan 2016

Have used OBS many times to stream to Twitch, and also use it for recording videos to post later to YouTube. Initial setup can be a bit daunting, but once that's done it's a great software, not to mention free!


Linux version? -2 Helpful

Comment by Flexico
about Open Broadcaster Software Mar 2015

I was told by that this was a good Fraps alternative for Linux, but there isn't a Linux version (or even a Windows version) available to download. :(


The best streaming software out there...and free! 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by dodgepong
about Open Broadcaster Software and XSplit Broadcaster Jan 2013

OBS is without a doubt the best streaming software on the market, and it's great that it's free and open source. It has low resource usage, it has lots of great features, and is extremely versatile. I used to use Xsplit, but after trying OBS once I left it in the dust for good. Definitely give this one a shot.