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Open Source OBS Studio Alternatives

The best open source alternative to OBS Studio is SimpleScreenRecorder. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to OBS Studio and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to OBS Studio are Streamlabs Desktop, VokoscreenNG, Peek GIF Screen Recorder and Kazam.

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.
This page was last updated Jun 13, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD
  • PortableApps.com
  • FreeBSD
  • Steam

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.

    SimpleScreenRecorder vs OBS Studio opinions
    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.

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    steven87

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

    Top positive comment  over 2 years ago
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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.

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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    karaboungalos

    The ALTERNATIVE for Linux.

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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    Although it has not OBS's feature set, it does allow streaming to Twitch and Youtube.

    Positive comment almost 7 years ago
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  2. 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.

    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.

    Top positive comment  10 months 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.

    Top positive comment  about 2 years ago
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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.

    Top negative comment  11 months ago
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    senpai

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

    Negative comment 7 months ago
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    It's the same functionalities of OBS studio Official, but with the functionalities of StreamLabs...

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  3. 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.

    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.

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    somerandomperson

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

    Negative comment 2 months ago
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  4. Simple animated Gif screen recorder for Linux. Open-source. Provides an easy to install Ubuntu deb package.

    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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  5. 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.

    Discontinued

    The latest version (1.4.5) is from 2014.

    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

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    Kazam is more basic than OBS

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  6. CamStudio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    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.

  7. Kap is an open-source screen recorder built with Electron and designed to be easy to use but extensible.

    Kap vs OBS Studio opinions
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    Kap is not for livestreaming

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  8. ScreenCam

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android

    ScreenCam is a free and open-source Android app to record screen using native API and without root. It can record sound from the speaker and is configurable, letting you change the recording format and location of save files among other options.

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

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.3.8.1, released in December 2008, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

  10. Screencast Capture Lite

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Accord.NET Framework

    Screencast Capture Lite is a tool to continuously capture the desktop screen, storing this information in video files. The application supports recording from the primary screen, from a chosen window or from a fixed region.

    Discontinued

    Latest commit to the project was made on Nov 25, 2017. And latest version was released on Sep 16, 2016.

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