How to Install OBS Screen Recorder on Debian 10

OBS stands for “Open Broadcast Software – Screen Recording and Streaming Tool “… It is open source and free source software providing the following features:

  • Several topics
  • Filters for multiple video sources
  • Intuitive audio mixer
  • Capture and mix audio / video in real time
  • Optimized settings panel
  • Powerful configuration option

The program is easy to use and ranked among the top 50 video editing software.

For this particular article, I am using Debian 10, Linux operating system distribution kit. Follow the steps below to install OBS. This tutorial shows two alternative ways to install OBS Studio, one using Debian packages and the other using a snap-in.


  • A machine running Debian 10 0S.
  • The user must be familiar with the Sudo command and be a sudo user.

Installing OBS on Debian 10 Using Debian Packages

This chapter shows you how to install OBS from the Debian package repository. if you want to install it as a SNAP package instead, skip to the next chapter.

Step 01: Open Debian 10 Terminal

Go to lower left corner of the desktop and click on Menu badge

Go to search bar on top left

A type “Terminal” there and click on “Multilingual terminal“.

Terminal Linux

Click on “Multilingual terminal” and it will show the next display.

Linux terminal screen

Step 02: Refresh the repository cache

  • Before installing OBS, update the software package version information or dependencies with the following command:
 $ sudo apt-get update

apt-get update

When you run this command, the package information is downloaded from the Internet or from all configured sources.

Updating package lists

Step 03: Install Open Broadcast software

Run the following command to install OBS:

$ sudo apt install obs-studio

apt install obs-studio

After executing the above command, it will ask you if you want to continue or not? Type “Y” and press Enter. whether you want to install OBS or not. After the installation process is complete, the following screen will appear on the screen:

Installing package dependencies

Install OBS using a snap

In this chapter, I will show you how to install OBS using a snap. If you installed OBS using the packages from the first chapter, skip this chapter and skip straight to the next chapter on using OBS.

Install Snap Daemon

  • OBS snap – universal Linux package which includes package management features for all Linux distributions. This gives very satisfactory and long-lasting results and products.
  • Before installing the snap package, “snappy” must be installed on the PC or machine. “Snappy is a package manager for Linux.” You can install snappy by running the following command:
 $ sudo apt install snapd -y

suitable snapd installation

After the installation process is complete, the following screen appears:

Snap installation

Step 01: Install the snap rod

For Snap to be fully functional, the Snap core needs to be installed on the PC / machine or system. Run the following command to install the Snap core.

$ sudo snap install core

Install Snap core

After completing all the above steps, restart the binding service using the following command:

 $ sudo systemctl restart snapd

Restart Snap Daemon

Then you need to install the snap packages from the SnapCraft store. Now Snappy can do it. Go to the SnapCraft store and look for the OBS studio there. This is also shown in the attached image below.

OBS Studio Snap

  • Run the following command to install obs-studio:
 $ sudo snap install obs-studio

equip obs-studio

Using OBS for Screen Recording in Debian

After following the steps above, open OBS in the menu search bar. Follow these steps:

  • Go to lower left corner of the desktop and click on Menu badge
  • Go to search bar on top left
  • A type “Obs” there and click on “OBS”.

OBS badge

Pressing OBS will show the following display. The OBS software should launch.

OBS Configuration Wizard

Step 01: Setting up the OBS software

When you open the OBS software, an automatic configuration wizard will be displayed. If you are a naive user, you should follow the automatic configuration steps, otherwise you can skip them if you are already a frequent user.

Optimize for streaming

The first step is to provide usage information, whether you want to set optimizations for both streaming and recording, or it will be recording only. Choose the option of your choice. For this particular article I choose option 01 as highlighted in the attached image below. After choosing an option, Press “Next

OBS configuration

Next, you need to choose “resolution” and “frame frequency”. The user can select both of them at will. It also depends on hardware requirements and internet status. After selection Press “Next

Select screen resolution and frame rate

OBS supports many platforms like Youtube, Facebook, Twitch and more. In this section, the user should freely choose the platform depending on his choice or work requirements. In this article I am using Twitch

Streaming service

After entering the Stream key, a bandwidth test will begin to establish the exact bitrate for streaming. It can take some time. OBS will then prompt you to apply the settings you made. Click Apply Settings. Clicking on it will open the following screen:

Start Screen Recording with OBS

You are now ready to use the OBS software.


This article shows you how to install and configure OBS in a few simple steps. The article demonstrates and also explains each step with detailed screen shots, making it easier for the user to understand.

How to Install OBS Screen Recorder on Debian 10

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