About playing Wowza Streaming Engine streams

Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software supports live and on-demand stream playback on many desktop and mobile players, OTT devices, and set-top boxes. All streaming in Wowza Streaming Engine is initiated with a uniform resource locator (URL).

Playback URL formats

The URL formats used for streaming to any destination follow a similar format:



  • [protocol] - The URL scheme. (http, rtmp, rtsp, etc.)
  • [userinfo] - (Optional) The username and password when authentication is required for the stream, such as RTSP.
  • [address] - The IP address or domain name of the Wowza Streaming Engine server.
    Note: If you’re using SSL/TLS for secure playback, replace [address] with [ssl-certificate-domain-name]:443, where [ssl-certificate-domain-name] is the domain name, or hostname, of the SSL/TLS certificate (for example, https://5ab4321c0d123.streamlock.net:443/myApplication/mp4:sample.mp4/playlist.m3u8.)
  • [port] - The port number Wowza Streaming Engine is configured to use for streaming. The default port is 1935. 
  • [application] - The name of the live or on-demand application in Wowza Streaming Engine.
  • [appInstance] - The name of the application instance, if used. If no name is specified, the default name (_definst_) is used. 
  • [mediaTypePrefix] - (Optional) The media or file type of the stream.
  • [streamName] - The stream name or stream file name.
  • [post-fix] - (Optional) Additional information specific to the player technology.
  • [query] - (Optional) Additional query parameters, such as DVR for nDVR or SecureToken query parameters

However, in most streaming scenarios, when the [streamName] doesn't have path elements and the default [appInstance] name is used, the playback URL can be shortened to:


Example playback URLs

The following are example URLs for various streaming protocols and media types. The examples assume the content is a stream named myStream, the application streaming it is named myApplication, and the default streaming port (1935) is used.








Server: rtmp://example.com:1935/myApplication

Stream: myStream