How to start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine software

This tutorial will teach you how to run Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software and Wowza Streaming Engine Manager automatically as system services, or manually in standalone mode.

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Start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine server software Verify that Wowza Streaming Engine is running
Start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine Manager More resources

Start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine server software


Wowza Streaming Engine software and Wowza Streaming Engine Manager can run as system services or in standalone mode.

System services start automatically when you start the computer and remain on until you turn them off. By default, Wowza Streaming Engine server software and Streaming Engine Manager install as system services, which means you're running an active instance of Wowza Streaming Engine from the moment of install and any time the host computer is on.

Standalone mode operates independently of the operating system; you start and stop it on demand. As with any standalone software, if you forget or fail to quit the program, you're prompted to do so when you turn off the computer. Standalone mode is required for running Wowza Transcoder with accelerated hardware in Windows. It's also useful in testing environments because you can see log output in the console immediately.

You can, however, manually start and stop Wowza software at any time, in either operational mode. For example, Subscription license holders might want to turn off the software as a service to avoid being charged for inactive instances of Wowza Streaming Engine.

Start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine as a service (Windows)

Start the service

  1. Press WIN key + R, type services.msc in the Run dialog box, and then click OK.
     
  2. In the Services window, right-click Wowza Streaming Engine 4.7.1 and then click Start.

Stop the service

  1. Press WIN key + R, type services.msc in the Run dialog box, and then click OK.
     
  2. In the Services window, right-click Wowza Streaming Engine 4.7.1 and then click Stop.

Start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine in standalone mode (Windows)

Start the software

To start the software, make sure the Wowza Streaming Engine service is stopped and then do the following:

  1. Press WIN key + R, type cmd in the Run dialog box, and then press Enter.
     
  2. In the Command Prompt window, execute the following commands:
    cd %WMSAPP_HOME%\bin
    startup.bat
Stop the software
  1. Press WIN key + R, type cmd in the Run dialog box, and then press Enter.
     
  2. In the Command Prompt window, execute the following commands:
    cd %WMSAPP_HOME%\bin
    shutdown.bat

Start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine as a service (OS X)

Start the service

To start the service, double-click the Start Services application in /Applications/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1 or open a terminal window and enter the following command:

sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.wowza.WowzaStreamingEngine.plist

Stop the service

To stop the service, double-click the Stop Services application in /Applications/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1 or open a terminal window and enter the following command:

sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.wowza.WowzaStreamingEngine.plist
Note: The Start Services and Stop Services applications also start and stop the Wowza Streaming Engine Manager system service.

Start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine in standalone mode (OS X)

Start the software

To start the software, double-click the Start Standalone Mode application in /Applications/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1 or open a terminal window and enter the following commands:

cd /Library/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1/bin
./startup.sh

Stop the software

To stop the software, double-click the Stop Standalone Mode application in /Applications/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1 or open a terminal window and enter the following command:

cd /Library/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1/bin
./shutdown.sh
Note: The Start Standalone Mode and Stop Standalone Mode applications also start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine Manager in standalone mode.

Start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine as a service (Linux)

Note: The operations in this section must be performed as the root user with sudo access.

Start the service

To start the service, open a terminal window and enter one of the following commands, depending on your Linux distribution:

sudo service WowzaStreamingEngine start
-OR-
/etc/init.d/WowzaStreamingEngine start

Stop the service

To stop the service, enter:

sudo service WowzaStreamingEngine stop
-OR-
/etc/init.d/WowzaStreamingEngine stop
Note: If these instructions don't apply to your Linux distribution, consult your Linux manual.

Start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine in standalone mode (Linux)

Start the software

To start the software, open a terminal window and enter the following commands:

cd /usr/local/WowzaStreamingEngine/bin
./startup.sh

Stop the software

To stop the software, enter:

cd /usr/local/WowzaStreamingEngine/bin
./shutdown.sh

Verify that Wowza Streaming Engine is running


To verify that the Wowza Streaming Engine software is running, open a web browser and enter the following URL:
 
http://[wowza-ip-address]:1935

Where [wowza-ip-address] is the IP address or domain name of the local or remote Wowza media server. It should return the Wowza Streaming Engine version number. If not, make sure that the server is running and that TCP port 1935 is open on your router, firewall, and/or software firewall (iptables on Linux).

Start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine Manager


Note: Wowza Streaming Engine server software must be started to use Wowza Streaming Engine Manager.

Start and stop Streaming Engine Manager as a service (Windows)

Start the service

  1. Press WIN key + R, type services.msc in the Run dialog box, and then click OK.
     
  2. In the Services window, right-click Wowza Streaming Engine Manager 4.7.1 and then click Start.

Stop the service

  1. Press WIN key + R, type services.msc in the Run dialog box, and then click OK.
     
  2. In the Services window, right-click Wowza Streaming Engine Manager 4.7.1 and then click Stop.

Start and stop Streaming Engine Manager in standalone mode (Windows)

Start the manager

To start the manager in standalone mode, make sure that the manager service is stopped and then do the following:

  1. Press WIN key + R, type cmd in the Run dialog box, and then press Enter.
     
  2. In the Command Prompt window, execute the following commands:
    cd %WMSAPP_HOME%\manager\bin
    startmgr.bat

Stop the manager

  1. Press WIN key + R, type cmd in the Run dialog box, and then press Enter.
     
  2. In the Command Prompt window, execute the following commands:
    cd %WMSAPP_HOME%\manager\bin
    shutdownmgr.bat

Start and stop Streaming Engine Manager as a service (OS X)

Start the service

To start the service, double-click the Start Services application in /Applications/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1 or open a terminal window and enter the following command:

sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.wowza.WowzaStreamingEngineManager.plist

Stop the service

To stop the service, double-click the Stop Services application in /Applications/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1 or open a terminal window and enter the following command:

sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.wowza.WowzaStreamingEngineManager.plist
Note: The Start Services and Stop Services applications also start and stop the Wowza Streaming Engine system service.

Start and stop Streaming Engine Manager in standalone mode (OS X)

Start the manager

To start the manager in standalone mode, double-click the Start Standalone Mode application in /Applications/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1 or open a terminal window and enter the following commands:

cd /Library/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1/manager/bin
./startmgr.sh

Stop the manager

To stop the manager, double-click the Stop Standalone Mode application in /Applications/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1 or open a terminal window and enter the following commands:

cd /Library/WowzaStreamingEngine-4.7.1/manager/bin
./shutdownmgr.sh
Note: The Start Standalone Mode and Stop Standalone Mode applications also start and stop Wowza Streaming Engine in standalone mode.

Start and stop Streaming Engine Manager as a service (Linux)

Note: The operations in this section must be performed as the root user with sudo access.

Start the service

To start the service, enter one of the following commands, depending on your Linux distribution:

sudo service WowzaStreamingEngineManager start
-OR-
/etc/init.d/WowzaStreamingEngineManager start

Stop the service

To stop the manager, enter:

sudo service WowzaStreamingEngineManager stop
-OR-
/etc/init.d/WowzaStreamingEngineManager stop
Note: If these instructions don't apply to your Linux distribution, consult your Linux manual.

Start and stop Streaming Engine Manager in standalone mode (Linux)

Start the manager

To start the manager in standalone mode, open a terminal window and enter the following commands:

cd /usr/local/WowzaStreamingEngine/manager/bin
./startmgr.sh

Stop the manager

To stop the manager, enter:

cd /usr/local/WowzaStreamingEngine/manager/bin
./shutdownmgr.sh

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