Free OBS Studio Alternatives

    The best free alternative to OBS Studio is SimpleScreenRecorder, which is both free and 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 (Freemium), Bandicam Screen Recorder (Freemium), Streamlabs OBS (Freemium, Open Source) and VokoscreenNG (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 26, 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

      5
      obs only has screencasting as one if its many features, not the main application
      Top negative comment  over 3 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 about 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 about 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 almost 6 years ago

      7
      Fantastic tool, but it's not available on linux and mac unlike obs which is available on all 3 major platforms
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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

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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.
      It captures screen is a very easy way. No conflicts with GeForce or any other device.
      Positive comment almost 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 6 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 11 months ago

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      sedeti It has a giant watermark shoved in the middle of the screen
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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    4. 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 6 days ago

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      It's the same functionalities of OBS studio Official, but with the functionalities of StreamLabs...
      Positive comment almost 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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    5. VokscreenNG 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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      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 6 months ago

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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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      Kazam vs OBS Studio opinions
      Some users think Kazam is a great alternative to OBS Studio, some don't.
      obs does way more than just screen recording
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      Kazam is more basic than OBS
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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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
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      5
    8. 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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    9. An open-source screen recorder built with web technology.
      Kap vs OBS Studio opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Kap is not for livestreaming
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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    10. 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.

      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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