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 Jun 23, 2021

      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • iPhone
      • Google Chrome
      Easy and free screen recorder for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks. Record your camera and screen with audio directly from your Chrome browser and share the video with your team, friends, and family.
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      It's not about streaming.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

    1. ActivePresenter is a solution for creating screencast videos, handouts, manuals, documentation, and interactive training presentations.
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      ActivePresenter vs OBS Studio opinions
      This alternative is disputed. ActivePresenter is still a legitimate alternative to OBS Studio, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      The purpose of OBS is live-streaming to services like Twitch and Youtube. This doesn't do that
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      It's more focused on general video recording rather than broadcasting.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago


    2. recordMyDesktop is a desktop session recorder for GNU / Linux that attemps to be easy to use, yet also effective at it's primary task.


      The project is no longer developed. Last version,, released in December 2008, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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    3. Free software which lets you record your screen, add a PIP webcam and select multiple options to export your video to. It will first store a lossless proprietary file which you can review frame by frame and then easily experiment with the output options to select best suited.
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    4. ApowerREC is a cross-platform app that can be used to record screen on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, and it enables you to record screen efficiently, which makes it a perfect screen recorder to capture screen activities and wonderful moments.
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      ApowerREC vs OBS Studio opinions
      Most users think ApowerREC is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
      It seems it doesn't support streaming.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago


    5. Debut is a screen capture and video recording software that records videos from your screen, webcam or other video devices. Capture your entire desktop or a selected portion and save the recorded videos as avi, flv, wmv or other video file formats.
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      Some users think Debut is a great alternative to OBS Studio, some don't.
    6. Icecream Screen recorder is a screen recorder that can both record screen and take screenshots. The program records video, system sounds and the microphone audio.
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    7. Free version Records up to 15 minutes, premium is $20/year or $48/year depending on features (as of January 2020).


      Opswat Scanned And Detected 4 Trojans on this software. VirusTotal shows 2 potential concerns.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      Snowmix is a video mixer tool for mixing live and recorded video and audio feeds. It supports clipping, scaling and transparent overlay of video, png graphics and text.
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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      oCam is a video recording program that can record video to be played on the monitor via your PC. It can record effectively many internet video including online game using a variety of formats by unlimited length advantages.


      It installs something called BRTSvc, a known crypto miner. This will use your computer resources and slow your computer down.

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