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OBS Studio Alternatives

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a rare gem in the world of screen recording and streaming. Besides being free and open source, it works the same across all desktop platforms.

OBS is probably used most often for live streaming. Other apps with similar streaming features can be filtered with the live-streaming tag or with the live-broadcasting feature.

It's also one of the most heavily used tools for simple screen recording. Alternative screen recorders can be filtered with the screen-recorder feature.

Most alternatives are freemium or commercial apps. Similar free apps can be found with the open-source license filter.

OBS Studio alternatives are mainly Screen Recorders but may also be Screenshot Capture Tools or Screen Casting Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of OBS Studio.
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  1. 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 the entire screen or part of it, or record OpenGL applications directly.

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    1.  LightweightSimpleScreenRecorder consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Support for GesturesSimpleScreenRecorder supports touch or mouse gestures and interactions.
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    Most users think SimpleScreenRecorder is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
    awesomestuffnetwork

    Its SUPER simple to setup. Just select where to record, select the file path and the other settings are fine as is.

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    steven87

    Setup is far easier than OBS, i love it!! (Still use OBS for live streaming..)

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    Guest

    obs only has screencasting as one if its many features, not the main application

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    Ugotsta

    It doesn't live stream like OBS but it's straightforward, fast and easy to use for recording videos of the screen.

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    karaboungalos

    The ALTERNATIVE for Linux.

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    Guest

    Although it has not OBS's feature set, it does allow streaming to Twitch and Youtube.

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  2. XSplit Broadcaster icon

    XSplit Broadcaster

    42 alternatives to 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 broadcasting feature, you can self-produce video broadcasts, conferences, distance learning courses, campus-wide...

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    1.  Virtual camera outputUse the output from XSplit Broadcaster as your webcam's primary video source.
    2.  Support for Multiple MonitorsXSplit Broadcaster supports the use of multiple displays.
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    Most users think XSplit Broadcaster is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
    Guest

    Lots of live-streamers use both XSplit and OBS to achieve the same goal

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    Guest

    But it don't works on a mac osx! :(

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    Guest

    Fantastic tool, but it's not available on linux and mac unlike obs which is available on all 3 major platforms

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  3. Bandicam icon

    Bandicam

    • Windows
    118 alternatives to Bandicam 

    Bandicam is a lightweight screen recorder for Windows that can capture anything on your PC screen. Also, it makes it possible to record a certain area on a PC screen, or capture a game that uses the DirectX/OpenGL/Vulkan graphic technologies.

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    1.  Works OfflineBandicam can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenBandicam supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    3.  LightweightBandicam consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Screen Recording Mode allows you to record everything on your computer screen and draw lines, boxes, or highlights while recording.
    A real-time drawing function while recording the computer screen.
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    sedeti

    It has a giant watermark shoved in the middle of the screen

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    awsomecat1234321

    It is easy to use, but it is Shareware so you can only record up to 10 minutes and there is a big watermark

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    JustanotherMalaysian

    It may not have much benefits compared to OBS. But it is a classic. Remember the days of videos with the Bandicam watermark at the top?

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    Guest

    It captures screen is a very easy way. No conflicts with GeForce or any other device.

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  4. Streamlabs Desktop icon

    Streamlabs Desktop

    • Mac
    • Windows
    24 alternatives to Streamlabs Desktop 

    Streamlabs Desktop is all you need for streaming! Our developers have combined a streamer's essentials like video preview, dashboard, and chat windows in one app with better video quality and lower CPU usage.

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    1.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenStreamlabs Desktop supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    2.  Live Video EffectsStreamlabs Desktop lets you edit your video input in real time to apply new image values or add filters.
    3.  Multi-streamingWith Streamlabs Desktop you can live streaming to multiple channels simultaneously.
    4.  Custom overlaysStreamlabs Desktop allows you to add custom images or videos on top of your composition.
    5.  RTMP Live StreamingStreamlabs Desktop supports the Real Time Messaging Protocol to connect an encoder with a server.
    6.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    7.  Dark ModeStreamlabs Desktop supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Streamlabs Desktop vs OBS Studio opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Streamlabs Desktop is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
    tangycandy

    I could never get OBS Studio to work, and it slowed down my Windows PC terribly. Streamlabs is a fantastic alternative.

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    Henry220

    Best streaming software ever. Activity feed, donations, stream drafts, and plenty of other features.

    A bit hard to understand an interface, but it still very convinient.

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    kattphlox

    Steamlabs OBS is too "kitchen-sinky" with basic streaming functionality and does not offer or allow for the inclusion of advanced functionality for advanced users.

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    senpai

    Use "Lightstream" or original OBS instead of "Streamlabs".

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    Guest

    It's the same functionalities of OBS studio Official, but with the functionalities of StreamLabs...

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  5. VokoscreenNG icon

    VokoscreenNG

    • Windows
    • Linux
    135 alternatives to VokoscreenNG 

    VokoscreenNG is a user friendly screencaster for Linux and Windows. It is a continuation of the now discontinued Vokoscreen project that has been totally rewritten from scratch using Qt and GStreamer.

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    1.  Support for Multiple MonitorsVokoscreenNG supports the use of multiple displays.
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    somerandomperson

    It has very limited functionality (such as no audio recording) if you use wayland.

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    apranaxfort

    It's easier to use especially for some simple recordings you don't need to setup scenes like you do in OBS.

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  6. Vimeo Livestream icon

    Vimeo Livestream

    • Online
    • Android
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    69 alternatives to Vimeo Livestream 

    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.

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    Most users think Vimeo Livestream is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
    Guest

    Livestream has only accurate to their own site. You cant't stream to others sites with this app

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  7. Action! icon

    Action!

    • Windows
    • Steam
    73 alternatives to Action! 

    Action! allows real-time recording/capture of Windows Aero desktop in a superb HD video quality. With Action! you can record web player videos, your gameplay, display game framerates, add live audio commentary to create high quality tutorials, record music, capture screenshots...

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    Most users think Action! is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
    Guest

    It can record even the most heavy games without any lag.

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  8. Kazam icon

    Kazam

    • Linux
    88 alternatives to Kazam 

    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 VP8/WebM video format.

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    Discontinued

    The latest version (1.4.5) is from 2014.

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    Kazam vs OBS Studio opinions
    Some users think Kazam is a great alternative to OBS Studio, some don't.
    ddmtspapado

    Among basic Screen Recorders for Linux, Kazam is a good choice but OBS and ScreenRec are better options as they are more comprehensive.

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    Guest

    obs does way more than just screen recording

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    Guest

    Kazam is more basic than OBS

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  9. Peek GIF Screen Recorder icon

    Peek GIF Screen Recorder

    • Linux
    • Ubuntu
    • FLATHUB
    34 alternatives to Peek GIF Screen Recorder 

    Simple animated Gif screen recorder for Linux. Open-source. Provides an easy to install Ubuntu deb package.

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    Peek GIF Screen Recorder vs OBS Studio opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Peek GIF Screen Recorder is still a legitimate alternative to OBS Studio, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    Guest

    obs does way more than just screen recording

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  10. ScreenRec icon

    ScreenRec

    • Windows
    • Linux
    107 alternatives to ScreenRec 

    If you spend too much time on email and chat, try sending instant video messages and screenshots with ScreenRec. You'll get your point across faster and save precious hours.

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    1.  LightweightScreenRec consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Annotate ScreenshotEdit and annotate a screenshot with various editing tools and options.
    3.  Full-page ScreenshotScreenRec can capture complete (scrolling) web pages from your web browser.
    4.  Screen SharingYou can use ScreenRec to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    5.  Ad-freeScreenRec doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    ScreenRec vs OBS Studio opinions
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    BertaWesner

    OBS is good but I like ScreenRec more because is more lightweight and gives HD PC screen recording without lags.

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    Richardss

    Always preferred ScreenRec over all other free screen recorders because it is lightweight and records computer screen without watermark. I mainly use it for my Linux system.

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    ErnaLorenz

    I mainly use it to create short instructional videos for my students. ScreenRec is perfect for educationist who are working from home or employed at online educational institutes.

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