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.

    This page was last updated Oct 19, 2021

    1. 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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      SimpleScreenRecorder vs OBS Studio opinions
      Most users think SimpleScreenRecorder is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
      steven87 Setup is far easier than OBS, i love it!! (Still use OBS for live streaming..)
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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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.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      obs only has screencasting as one if its many features, not the main application
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

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      awesomestuffnetwork Its SUPER simple to setup. Just select where to record, select the file path and the other settings are fine as is.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      karaboungalos The ALTERNATIVE for Linux.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Although it has not OBS's feature set, it does allow streaming to Twitch and Youtube.
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

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    2. XSplit Broadcaster is a desktop application designed to make your multimedia broadcasting and recording a lot easier and more fun to do.
      XSplit Broadcaster vs OBS Studio opinions
      Most users think XSplit Broadcaster is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
      Lots of live-streamers use both XSplit and OBS to achieve the same goal
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

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      Fantastic tool, but it's not available on linux and mac unlike obs which is available on all 3 major platforms
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      But it don't works on a mac osx! :(
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

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    3. Streamlabs OBS is all you need for streaming! Our almighty 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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      Streamlabs OBS vs OBS Studio opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Streamlabs OBS is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
      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.
      Negative comment 3 months ago

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      tangycandy I could never get OBS Studio to work, and it slowed down my Windows PC terribly. Streamlabs is a fantastic alternative.
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

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      It's the same functionalities of OBS studio Official, but with the functionalities of StreamLabs...
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    4. 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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      Bandicam Screen Recorder vs OBS Studio opinions
      Some users think Bandicam Screen Recorder is a great alternative to OBS Studio, some don't.
      It captures screen is a very easy way. No conflicts with GeForce or any other device.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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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
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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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?
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      sedeti It has a giant watermark shoved in the middle of the screen
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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    5. 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.
      Livestream vs OBS Studio opinions
      Most users think Livestream is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
      Livestream has only accurate to their own site. You cant't stream to others sites with this app
      Negative comment 6 months ago

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    6. 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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      Action! vs OBS Studio opinions
      Most users think Action! is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
      It can record even the most heavy games without any lag.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    7. 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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      VokoscreenNG vs OBS Studio opinions
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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.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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    8. 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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      Kazam vs OBS Studio opinions
      Some users think Kazam is a great alternative to OBS Studio, some don't.
      Kazam is more basic than OBS
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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      obs does way more than just screen recording
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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    9. 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.
      obs does way more than just screen recording
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      5
    10. Capture and share videos, screenshots, and livestreams with friends. Keep your drivers up to date and optimize your game settings. GeForce Experience lets you do it all, making it the essential companion to your GeForce graphics card.
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