Owncast is a self-hosted live video and web chat server for use with existing popular broadcasting software. Take control over your live stream video by running it yourself.
Get started with the “Twitch in a box” live streaming and chat server for use with popular broadcasting software.
You can use Owncast to live stream anything from gaming with your friends to live events for you and your clients.
Have complete control and ownership over your stream, allowing you to create the content and community you want.
Owncast is for people who are live streamers, or who wants to host live streams for others. It’s a “one to many” broadcast much like Twitch, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, etc.
The frictionless built-in chat allows your viewers to be a part of the action. Include custom emotes and build chat bots to encourage engagement from your viewers.
Owncast is not for video conferencing or any use case where multiple people are wanting to see video of each other. It’s also not a good choice if you have tight real-time requirements as HLS video has inherent delays.
Owncast might be a good alternative if you’re somebody who doesn’t want to rely on the large companies or wants the ability to build something completely custom that is more in line with the experience they want to offer. As a bonus it allows you to offer a live streaming experience that is without tracking, invasive analytics or advertising.
Owncast is open source.
Owncast requires an unmetered dedicated server.