How do I do http streaming with GStreamer?

Yes, I googled it and couldn't find an answer to this simple question anywhere.

  • What have you tried so far? What were your results? What are you trying to stream? Jun 30, 2012 at 19:08
  • I want to stream from a webcam. However, I can't find any destination "sink" for http-streaming (only for RSTP via UDP). As a possible workaround, I could dump the output to stdout and use vlc with the "-" parameter (= read from stdin), but I wondered there was a way to do http streaming from gst directly. Jul 1, 2012 at 14:09

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I think you can use new hlssink plugin

Simple pipe to test hlssink localy:
gst-launch-1.0 videotestsrc is-live=true ! x264enc ! mpegtsmux ! hlssink max-files=5
then run vlc:
cvlc playlist.m3u8

if you want stream via net, start you web server and correct pipe:
gst-launch-1.0 videotestsrc is-live=true ! x264enc ! mpegtsmux ! hlssink max-files=5 playlist-root=http://server.com location=/var/www/hlssink playlist-location=/var/www/hlssink
/var/www/hlssink is your document_root directory
and open http://server.com/playlist.m3u8 playlist in vlc


You might be able to use the tcpserversink element from the tcp plugin: http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/data/doc/gstreamer/head/gst-plugins-base-plugins/html/gst-plugins-base-plugins-tcpserversink.html

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    Could you please describe how does it apply to the question? (Plain TCP versus HTTP) Oct 17, 2013 at 13:19

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