RTMP: A nginx module for streaming

RTMP: A nginx module for streaming

Nginx RTMP is an open-source module for the Nginx web server that can be used to stream audio and video content using the Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP). This guide will provide an overview of how to set up and configure Nginx RTMP, along with some useful commands, examples, and ideas for automation.


To install Nginx RTMP, follow these steps:

    1. First, make sure you have Nginx installed on your system. If not, you can install it using the following command:

sudo apt-get install nginx

    1. Next, download the Nginx RTMP module from the official GitHub repository:

git clone

    1. Compile Nginx with the RTMP module:

cd nginx-rtmp-module
./configure --with-http_ssl_module --add-module=../nginx-rtmp-module
sudo make install

    1. Start the Nginx service:

sudo service nginx start


Once Nginx RTMP is installed, you need to configure it to stream your audio and video content. The main configuration file for Nginx is located at /etc/nginx/nginx.conf. Open this file in a text editor and add the following lines to enable the RTMP module:

rtmp {
server {
listen 1935;
chunk_size 4096;
application live {
live on;
record off;

This configuration sets up a basic RTMP server on port 1935, with an application named “live” that enables live streaming. You can modify this configuration to suit your specific needs.


Here are some useful commands for working with Nginx RTMP:

Command Description
sudo service nginx start Start the Nginx service
sudo service nginx stop Stop the Nginx service
sudo service nginx restart Restart the Nginx service
sudo nginx -t Test the Nginx configuration

Similar Commands

Here are some similar commands that you may find useful:

  • ffmpeg – A command-line tool for converting and streaming audio and video
  • rtmpdump – A command-line tool for downloading RTMP streams
  • nginx – The main command for managing the Nginx web server

Use Cases

Nginx RTMP can be used for a variety of use cases, including:

  • Live streaming of video content
  • Creating a video-on-demand service
  • Building a video conferencing platform
  • Setting up a live event streaming service

Ideas for Automation

Here are some ideas for automating tasks with Nginx RTMP:

  • Automatically start and stop the Nginx service at specific times
  • Write scripts to automate the setup and configuration of Nginx RTMP
  • Create a web interface for managing and monitoring live streams
  • Integrate Nginx RTMP with other tools and services for advanced automation

Scripts for Automation

Here is an example script for automating the setup and configuration of Nginx RTMP:

# Install Nginx
sudo apt-get install nginx
# Download Nginx RTMP module
git clone
# Compile Nginx with RTMP module
cd nginx-rtmp-module
./configure --with-http_ssl_module --add-module=../nginx-rtmp-module
sudo make install
# Configure Nginx RTMP
sudo cp nginx.conf /etc/nginx/nginx.conf
# Start Nginx service
sudo service nginx start

This script installs Nginx, downloads the Nginx RTMP module, compiles Nginx with the RTMP module, copies the configuration file, and starts the Nginx service. You can use it on our streaming dedicated server.

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