How To Install Nginx RTMP Server with HLS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 20.04

Nginx RTMP is a TCP-based convention intended to keep up low-dormancy associations for sound and video spilling. To expand the measure of information that can be easily transmitted, streams are part into littler sections called parcels. RTMP additionally characterizes a few virtual channels that work autonomously of one another for bundles to be conveyed on. This implies video and sound are conveyed on discrete channels all the while, To  get more information click here to visit the official website.

Install Dependencies 

To install Nginx RTMP server on ubuntu use the following commands with using root privileges.

sudo -i

apt-get update 

apt-get install  ffmpeg libpcre3 unzip libssl-dev build-essential libpcre3-dev -y

Download Nginx and RTMP Modules

To download the nginx and rtmp module use the following commands.

cd /tmp



Extract and Compile the Nginx with RTMP module

After downloaded nginx with RTMP module, You need to extract and unzip the packages and compile the nginx rtmp module by following the commands.

tar -zxvf nginx-1.14.0.tar.gz


cd nginx-1.14.0

./configure --with-http_ssl_module --add-module=../nginx-rtmp-module-master


make install

Configuration of Nginx Daemon

To control nginx daemon, We need to download the pre-define the service of nginx and make executable it by following the commands.

cd /tmp

wget -O /etc/init.d/nginx

chmod +x /etc/init.d/nginx

On boot enable nginx service 

If you want start the nginx service on boot the server use the following commands.

update-rc.d nginx defaults

Configuration of RTMP protocal in nginx config file by using the following the commands, Create a backup file of nginc.conf and than edit the original nginx.conf

cp -p /usr/local/nginx/conf/nginx.conf nginx.conf_backup

Open the nginx.conf with nano editor .

nano /usr/local/nginx/conf/nginx.conf

Add the following configuration.

#user  nobody;

worker_processes  1;

error_log  logs/rtmp_error.log debug;

pid        logs/;

events {

    worker_connections  1024;


http {

    server {

        listen       80;

        server_name  localhost;

        location /hls {

            # Serve HLS fragments

            # CORS setup

            add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' '*' always;

            add_header 'Access-Control-Expose-Headers' 'Content-Length';

            # allow CORS preflight requests

            if ($request_method = 'OPTIONS') {

                add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' '*';

                add_header 'Access-Control-Max-Age' 1728000;

                add_header 'Content-Type' 'text/plain charset=UTF-8';

                add_header 'Content-Length' 0;

                return 204;


            types {

                application/ m3u8;

                video/mp2t ts;


            root /tmp;

            add_header Cache-Control no-cache;




rtmp {

        server {

                listen 1935;

                chunk_size 8192;

                application hls {

                        live on;

                        meta copy;

                        hls on;

                        hls_path /tmp/hls;




Save and Exit from nano editor.

Create required directory for Stream and recording data by following the commands.

mkdir /HLS

mkdir /HLS/live

mkdir /HLS/mobile

mkdir /video_recordings

chmod -R 777 /video_recordings

Restart the nginx service

systemctl restart the nginx.service

Update the UFW firewall

If you have enable ufw firewall so then you need to allow the port 80 and port 1935 for rtmp protocol to access from the network, Use the following commands to open port 80 and port 1935.

ufw allow 80

ufw allow 1935

ufw status

Check the nginx’s RTMP service using netstate commands.

netstate -plntu | grep 1935

Now you can stream with any key using OBS and Webcam, Use the given details.


To view the live HLS stream open you online player and enter the given url.


How To Install Nginx RTMP Server with HLS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 20.04

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