obs-streamlink VS obs-v4l2sink

Compare obs-streamlink vs obs-v4l2sink and see what are their differences.


OBS source plugin to receive stream using streamlink. (by dd-center)


obs studio output plugin for Video4Linux2 device (by CatxFish)
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obs-streamlink obs-v4l2sink
1 10
221 833
3.6% -
0.0 2.6
12 months ago over 2 years ago
C++ C++
GNU General Public License v3.0 only GNU General Public License v3.0 only
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Posts with mentions or reviews of obs-streamlink. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-03-02.


Posts with mentions or reviews of obs-v4l2sink. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-11.
  • I can't create a webcam by v4l2loopback
    2 projects | /r/linuxquestions | 11 Mar 2023
    There a temporal workaround but it's quite old and honestly I don't know if it still works on modern systems. It's basically to use this plugin https://github.com/CatxFish/obs-v4l2sink If you manage to install it it should give you the ability to choose what of your loopback devices should be the virtual cam. Good Luck!
  • Show HN: Blur Webcam Background on Linux
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 30 Aug 2021
    well the easiest way I can think of is just using the OBS virtual camera thing (Unsure if they released it officially on Linux, but there is a plugin for that [1]).

    Use chroma key to remove the background and add a video there, possibly on a loop.

    [1]. https://github.com/CatxFish/obs-v4l2sink

  • Can you appear on Zoom in B&W or Sepia?
    2 projects | /r/Zoom | 8 Apr 2021
    In case the built-in filters are not sufficient or unavailable, the workaround would be to install OBS. In OBS, set up your webcam as a source, and set up a view that has all the effects that you want. Then set up a virtual webcam: if you're using Windows, using OBS Virtualcam; if you're on a Mac, using the "Start Virtual Camera" button built into OBS; and if you're on Linux, using the v4l2loopback kernel module and the obs-v4l2sink plugin. You can then configure Zoom to use this virtual webcam, which has all the extra effects that you configured.
  • Virtual Webcam adds delay to camera
    2 projects | /r/obs | 5 Mar 2021
    PS: Seems the feature is now part of OBS 26.1! I have not seen it in my version. I'll look further. Thank you for your reponse!
    2 projects | /r/obs | 5 Mar 2021

What are some alternatives?

When comparing obs-streamlink and obs-v4l2sink you can also consider the following projects:

v4l2loopback - v4l2-loopback device

HyperHDR - Highly optimized open source ambient lighting implementation based on modern digital video and audio stream analysis for Windows, macOS and Linux (x86 and Raspberry Pi / ARM).

spectralizer - Audio visualizer plugin for obs-studio

obs-scale-to-sound - OBS filter plugin that scales a source reactively to sound levels

obs-gstreamer - GStreamer OBS Studio plugin

yewtube - yewtube, forked from mps-youtube , is a Terminal based YouTube player and downloader. No Youtube API key required.

obs-color-monitor - Vectorscope, waveform, and histogram for OBS Studio

obs-kinect - OBS Plugin to use a Kinect (all models supported) in OBS (and setup a virtual green screen based on depth and/or body detection).

obs-ios-camera-source - Use your iPhone camera as a video source in OBS Studio and stream high quality video from your iPhone's camera over USB

obs-websocket - Remote-control of OBS Studio through WebSocket [Moved to: https://github.com/obsproject/obs-websocket]

virtual_webcam_background - Use a virtual webcam background and overlays with body-pix and v4l2loopback

obs-backgroundremoval - An OBS plugin for removing background in portrait images (video), making it easy to replace the background when recording or streaming.