How to set up an application for RTSP/RTP streaming

This article provides instructions on how to configure applications in Wowza™ media server software to stream over RTSP/RTP.

There are several additional RTSP/RTP settings that describe the IP addresses assigned to the Wowza media server. These IP addresses are used during RTSP/RTP Session Description Protocol (SDP) exchange and transport negotiation.

  • <RTP>/<RTSPBindIpAddress> - IP address the media server binds to when streaming RTP over UDP.
  • <RTP>/<RTSPConnectionIpAddress> - IP address published in the connection (c=) line of Session Description Protocol (SDP) data.
  • <RTP>/<RTSPOriginIpAddress> - IP address published in the origin (o=) line of SDP data.
If the media server is behind a router or firewall that uses network address translation (NAT), two IP addresses are used during configuration ([wowza-internal-ip-address] and [wowza-external-ip-address]). The [wowza-internal-ip-address] is the IP address assigned to the media server's network adapter. The [wowza-external-ip-address] is the router or firewall exposed on the Internet or mapped to the media server. In this scenario, the settings above should be set as follows:
  • <RTP>/<RTSPBindIpAddress> - [wowza-internal-ip-address].
  • <RTP>/<RTSPConnectionIpAddress> - [wowza-external-ip-address].
  • <RTP>/<RTSPOriginIpAddress> - [wowza-external-ip-address].
For example, if the internal address is and the external address is, the settings should be set to:
If the media server is directly accessible on the Internet, then all three values should be set to the media server's IP address ([wowza-internal-ip-address]):
To configure the settings, open the [install-dir]/conf/Application.xml file in a text editor and set the values in the <RTP> section of the file using the above guidelines. Then restart the Wowza media server software to apply the changes.
  • The values assigned to these settings vary depending on your network configuration.
  • These settings can't be configured in Wowza Streaming Engine™ Manager. You must edit the Application.xml file, even if you're running Wowza Streaming Engine software.
  • We provide a mobile test stream that you can use to test your configuration.
  • Wowza media server software running on Amazon EC2 automatically sets these values based on the internal and external IP address of the instance.

Originally Published: 10-01-2010.
Updated: For Wowza Streaming Engine on 08-11-2014.

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