OBS Studio is a free, lightweight open-source, cross-platform screencasting software for screen recording, camera image, and sound record. OBS Studio also makes it easier to use for those new to the world of live streaming as it is designed to be simple to use and comes with plugins and scripts that can be installed, and is considered one of the best free, open-source software of its nature.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install OBS Studio on Fedora 36 Linux by importing the RPM Fusion Repository that contains the latest stable version and updating and removing the software in the future.
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Update Fedora Linux
The first step is to make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid issues during the installation and for good practice. This is done by opening your terminal and using the following command.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
Import RPM Fusion
Before installing OBS, you will need the RPM Fusion repository using the following commands.
Install/Enable the Free Repository
sudo dnf install \ https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm
Install/Enable the Non-Free Repository
sudo dnf install \ https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm
Next, verify the installation.
dnf repolist | grep rpmfusion
As above, you have imported the RPM Fusion repositories.
Optional – Import RPM Fusion Testing Branches
For users that love to live on the edge and have the latest versions before being deployed to the stable branch, you can optionally import the RPM Fusion testing branches which if an update/upgrade is deployed to that branch first you will receive it.
I would advise a novice to new users to not enable this the standard repository of RPM Fusion is perfect in most circumstances, especially for users that are new to Linux.
Enable the Free Testing Updates Repository
sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled rpmfusion-free-updates-testing
Enable the Non-Free Testing Updates Repository
sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing
Check to see if the testing RPM fusions have been added.
dnf repolist | grep rpmfusion
Install OBS Studio
With the RPM Fusion repository installed, you can now begin to install OBS Studio using the following dnf install command in your terminal.
sudo dnf install obs-studio -y
For developers, you can install the devel development package for OBS Studio, install this only if you require it.
sudo dnf install obs-studio-devel -y
How to Launch OBS Studio
Now that you have the software installed, launching can be done in a few ways.
In your terminal type:
If you would like to launch and use the terminal at the same time, send it to the background:
However, this isn’t practical for desktop users, and you would use the following path on your desktop.
Activities > Show Applications > OBS Studio
Once open, you will arrive at the default screen. From here, you can begin editing your stream clips from Twitch and others.
How to Update/Upgrade OBS Studio
Updates should be handled with your standard system updates when prompted on your desktop. For those users that would like to check more regularly, using the following command in your terminal can often be better than waiting on automatic upgrades.
sudo dnf update --refresh
How to Remove (Uninstall) OBS Studio
Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.
sudo dnf autoremove obs-studio*
Depending on if you only imported RPM Fusion to install OBS Studio you may want to disable it which you can do using one of the following commands below.
Before you do, I would recommend keeping the stable branches installed, it does have quite a few great packages of other software on it.
Remove the Free Repository
sudo dnf remove rpmfusion-free-release -y
Remove the Non-Free Repository
sudo dnf remove rpmfusion-nonfree-release -y
For users that enabled the testing branches, you can just disable these as follows which will revert back to the standard stable ones.
Disable the Free Testing Updates Repository
sudo dnf config-manager --set-disabled rpmfusion-free-updates-testing
Disable the Non-Free Testing Updates Repository
sudo dnf config-manager --set-disabled rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned to install the OBS Studio on Fedora 36 Linux using with RPM Fusion.
OBS Studio is a powerful yet simple to use live streaming and video recording software that anyone can use regardless of their experience level. The software is free and open-source, making it an ideal choice for content creators on a tight budget. It also benefits from being available on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, so you can use it no matter what computer you have access to.