Install and configure Wowza Streaming Engine

Learn how to download and install Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software, confirm the installation was successful, and test playback of a video-on-demand (VOD) clip in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager.

Video tutorial: Install and configure Wowza Streaming Engine on Windows

Before you start

Wowza Streaming Engine is a powerful Java-based media server. When you install Wowza Streaming Engine, it automatically installs the server version of Java that it requires. In addition, an installation wizard guides you through the process, making it easy to get Wowza Streaming Engine up and running.

Before you install Wowza Streaming Engine, however, be aware of these prerequisites, cautions, and best practices.

  • Wowza Streaming Engine (version 4.7.8 and later) is built on Java 9 (OpenJDK Java SE JRE 9.0.4) and supports Java 9 - Java 12. Earlier versions of Java are not supported. For optimal performance and stability, we recommend using the version of Java that installs by default.
  • If you have an earlier version of Wowza Streaming Engine installed and you want the latest version installed, run the updater, not the installer. Before updating to Wowza Streaming Engine 4.7.8 or later, you must update your Java version to OpenJDK Java SE JRE 9.0.4. Previous versions were based on Java 8. For instructions, see Update your Wowza Streaming Engine installation.
  • As a best practice, install and run only one version and instance of Wowza Streaming Engine on a single computer.
  • To confirm that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for running Wowza Streaming Engine, see Wowza Streaming Engine Specifications.
  • A silent installation option is available for all platforms, including Red Hat Package Manager and Debian Package Manager options for Linux. Approval is required for silent installations. For information, contact
  • Make sure that the ports you use for streaming are open on your firewall. In many enterprise environments, you'll need the approval and the assistance of a network administrator to modify settings in the core router or firewall. In home or small-office environments, you may have to configure "port forwarding" traffic of the port you're using to the port and IP address of your server. For more information, see your router or firewall documentation. For information on ports used for streaming with Wowza Streaming Engine, see Configure streaming ports.

Download and install Wowza Streaming Engine

  1. If you don’t already have the Wowza Streaming Engine installer on your system, go to the Wowza Downloads webpage and click Download for the installer for your desired operating system. 
  2. When the download completes, do one of the following:
    • Windows – Double-click the file WowzaStreamingEngine-4.8.12+1-windows-installer.exe.
    • macOS – Double-click the file WowzaStreamingEngine-4.8.12+1-osx-installer.dmg and then double-click the WowzaStreamingEngine-4.8.12+1-osx-installer package icon.
    • Linux – Navigate to the folder that contains the downloaded package and then execute the following commands:
      sudo chmod +x
      sudo ./
    Note: With versions of Wowza Streaming Engine earlier than 4.8.5, a known issue with running the macOS installer on macOS Catalina could result in a dialog box with the following message: "'Wowza Streaming Engine-[version]-osx-installer' can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software." A workaround for this issue is to open System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, and then from the General tab, click Open Anyway next to "Wowza Streaming Engine-[version]-osx-installer".
  3. In the installation wizard, accept the terms of the license agreement.
  4. Enter a valid product license key.

If you acquired a new license key, you'll find it in the email that you received from Wowza Sales. If you have a previous version of Wowza Streaming Engine installed, look for the license key in the [install-dir]/conf/Server.license file.

  1. Create a user name and password for an Administrator account. You'll use these credentials to sign in to the browser-based Wowza Streaming Engine Manager. The user name and password are case-sensitive.
  2. Confirm or change the install location.

By default, Wowza Streaming Engine installs files in the following locations:

  • Windows – /Program Files (x86)/Wowza Media Systems/Wowza Streaming Engine 4.8.12+1/
  • macOS
    • /Applications/Wowza Streaming Engine 4.8.12+1/
    • /Library/LaunchDaemons/
    • /Library/WowzaStreamingEngine/ (an alias)
    • /Library/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.8.12+1/
  • Linux – /usr/local/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.8.12+1/ (as the root user)
  1. Confirm or change the Startup Configuration option to use.

Wowza Streaming Engine can run as a system service or in standalone mode from a command shell. By default, the Start Wowza Streaming Engine automatically check box is selected, which instructs the server software and Wowza Streaming Engine Manager to start automatically as system services.

  • Running as a system service is often used for server deployments where the server must continue to run after you log off the computer or must be automatically started when the computer is rebooted.
  • Running in standalone mode is best for developing custom applications because the server can be started and stopped quickly, and server log messages can be viewed immediately in the console window. For information about running Wowza Streaming Engine in standalone mode and manually starting and stopping the server software, see Start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine.
  1. Click Finish.

Confirm that Wowza Streaming Engine is running

Confirm that Wowza Streaming Engine is running by opening a web browser and entering the URL:


where [wowza-ip-address] is the IP address or domain of the Wowza Streaming Engine server. For example:


If Wowza Streaming Engine installed correctly, the browser displays the Wowza Streaming Engine version number. If it doesn't, check to see if the server software installed correctly and that TCP port 1935 is open on your router, firewall, and in your iptables.

Sign in to Wowza Streaming Engine Manager

Now that you know Wowza Streaming Engine is installed correctly, sign in to Wowza Streaming Engine Manager.

You can use Wowza Streaming Engine Manager with the latest version of most modern browsers that support HTML5 and Cascading Style Sheets level 3 (CSS 3). For best results, we recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome.

By default, Wowza Streaming Engine is configured to accept connections from Wowza Streaming Engine Manager on the localhost. For information about how to connect to Wowza Streaming Engine on a remote (non-localhost) computer, see Connect to remote Wowza Streaming Engine instances.

  1. Open a web browser and enter the URL:

where [wowza-ip-address] is the IP address or domain of the Wowza Streaming Engine server that you want to test. For example:


  1. Enter the User Name and Password you specified when you installed Wowza Streaming Engine.
  1. Click Sign In.

Play a video-on-demand test stream

Wowza Streaming Engine installs a simple VOD application that you can use to test whether the software is running properly and can serve content.

  1. In Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, in the Test Video area of the Home page, click Test Playback. The Test Playback window is configured to use the sample.mp4 video file and the sample vod application that install with Wowza Streaming Engine.
  2. Copy one of the playback URLs.

To play your stream, enter the playback URL into your player or a mobile browser, depending on the playback type. To learn more about stream playback, see the Players and Playback articles.

You can also test playback using the Video Test Players webpage. Select the tab for the protocol you want to test and enter the playback URL above the player. Entering the server (IP address or domain name), stream name, application name, and application type (VOD or live) will also generate the playback URLs for each protocol. Click Start to play your stream, and then click Stop when you're ready to end your test.

When you can successfully play sample.mp4, then Wowza Streaming Engine is running properly.

Next steps

If you experienced a problem installing Wowza Streaming Engine, see Troubleshoot Wowza Streaming Engine installation.

After successfully installing Wowza Streaming Engine, see any of the following articles, depending on what you want to do or learn next.