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Free OBS Studio Alternatives

The best free alternative to OBS Studio is SimpleScreenRecorder, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to OBS Studio and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to OBS Studio are XSplit Broadcaster, Bandicam Screen Recorder, Streamlabs Desktop and VokoscreenNG.

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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OBS Studio (also known as Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS) is a screen-casting and live-streaming software available...

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  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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightSimpleScreenRecorder consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ 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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    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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    Although it has not OBS's feature set, it does allow streaming to Twitch and Youtube.

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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.

    ⚫︎ Virtual camera outputUse the output from XSplit Broadcaster as your webcam's primary video source.
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    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

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

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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

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  3. 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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    Some users think Bandicam Screen Recorder is a great alternative to OBS Studio, some don't.
    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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    It captures screen is a very easy way. No conflicts with GeForce or any other device.

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  4. 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.

    ⚫︎ Chroma Key / Green ScreenStreamlabs Desktop supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableStreamlabs Desktop is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Live Video EffectsStreamlabs Desktop lets you edit your video input in real time to apply new image values or add filters.
    ⚫︎ Multi-streamingWith Streamlabs Desktop you can live streaming to multiple channels simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Custom overlaysStreamlabs Desktop allows you to add custom images or videos on top of your composition.
    ⚫︎ RTMP Live StreamingStreamlabs Desktop supports the Real Time Messaging Protocol to connect an encoder with a server.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeStreamlabs Desktop supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    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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    It's the same functionalities of OBS studio Official, but with the functionalities of StreamLabs...

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  5. 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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    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. 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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    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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    obs does way more than just screen recording

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    Kazam is more basic than OBS

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  7. 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

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    ScreenRec

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    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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightScreenRec consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Annotate ScreenshotEdit and annotate a screenshot with various editing tools and options.
    ⚫︎ Full-page ScreenshotScreenRec can capture complete (scrolling) web pages from your web browser.
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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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  9. 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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    CamStudio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    Record your computer screen with audio input from Mic or Speakers. Also shows mouse clicks in addition to the regular cursor. Simple interface with ability to record in AVI or export as swf.

    ⚫︎ PortableCamStudio can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Discontinued

    The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.7 r316, released in May 2015, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

    Warning

    As described on VirusTotal comment (https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/1ddb733efb11769a05cc735d555e9a4df92c4cdf29fa47ea3864e57e67dcf884/analysis/1411383540/): if you download CamStudio from SourceForge.net, the VirusTotal results are 0/53. After installing this SF version, it immediately says that there is an update available. When the link is clicked, it takes you to camstudio.org, which has a zip file that, scanned with VirusTotal, gives you 15/53 result. So do NOT download and install the "update": it's a malware. Installer as of 09/22/2014.

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    ChicagoScanningMG

    Fine for screen recording, but that's about it. It's not an alternative to full studio style video capturing programs like OBS Studio.

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