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OBS Studio on Wayland

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As of today, I’m happy to announce that all of the pull requests to make OBS Studio able to run as a native Wayland application, and capture monitors and windows on Wayland compositors, landed.

I’ve been blogging sparsely about my quest to make screencasting on Wayland a fluid and seamless experience for about a couple of years now. This required some work throughout the stack: from making Mutter able to hand DMA-BUF buffers to PipeWire; to improving the GTK desktop portal; to creating a plugin for OBS Studio; to fixing bugs in PipeWire; it was a considerable amount of work.

But I think none of it would matter if this feature is not easily accessible to everyone. The built-in screen recorder of GNOME Shell already works, but most importantly, we need to make sure applications are able to capture the screen properly. Sadly our hands are tied when it comes to proprietary apps, there’s just no way to contribute. But free and open source software allows us to do that! Fortunately, not only OBS Studio is distributed under GPL, it also is a pretty popular app with an active community. That’s why, instead of creating a fork or just maintaining a plugin, I decided to go the long hard route of proposing everything to OBS Studio itself.

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Native Wayland Support for OBS Studio is Going to be a Reality

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    OBS Studio is an incredibly popular free and open-source cross-platform streaming and recording program.

    You can find the latest OBS Studio version for Linux by using the Flatpak package or Snap.

    Now, it looks like you will be able to finally run it as a native Wayland application in the next release (OBS Studio 27.0).

OBS Studio Now Ready With Wayland Capture Support

  • OBS Studio Now Ready With Wayland Capture Support

    The OBS Studio software for streaming and recording that is quite popular with game streamers is now set to see good Wayland support for its next release. Stavracas for a while has been working on allowing good and native Wayland support for OBS Studio with the last of that work being merged upstream today. Among the work involved was native Wayland integration, creating textures from DMA-BUF for more efficient screen capturing, and Wayland-compatible capturing by making use of PipeWire and Flatpak Portals.

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