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The LIVE555TM Media Server

The "LIVE555 Media Server" is a complete RTSP server application. It can stream several kinds of media file (which must be stored in the current working directory - i.e., the directory from which you launch the application - or a subdirectory.):

These streams can be received/played by standards-compliant RTSP/RTP media clients, including:



Downloading the LIVE555 Media Server

Pre-built binaries

Pre-built binary versions of the server are available for some platforms: If a pre-built binary version is not available for your platform (or, for whatever reason, does not work on your system), then you must instead build the application yourself, from source code.

Source code

The application's source code is distributed as part of the Open Source "LIVE555 Streaming Media" code, in the "mediaServer" subdirectory (which must be built last).


Running the LIVE555 Media Server

The server is a console application (there is currently no GUI version). To run the server, simply type "live555MediaServer".


'Trick play' functionality

The server supports RTSP 'trick play' operations for some, but not all, media types: Note that in order to provide 'trick play' operations for a streamed MPEG Transport Stream file, a special 'index file' must created for each such file, using our "MPEG2TransportStreamIndexer" tool.

Trick play support for additional media types will be added in the future.



All support for this software is via our mailing lists. (Personal requests for support will not be handled.) At present, we use just one mailing list: "". (Note that you must subscribe to this mailing list before you can post to it.)


Release history

Live Networks, Inc. (LIVE555.COM)