Wowza Streaming Engine

Build a Live-Streaming Solution at Any Scale


Wowza Streaming Engine is the gold standard of customizable streaming server software for building and delivering professional-grade streaming at any scale.

Wowza Streaming Engine is

  • The industry leader for live and on-demand streaming at any scale
  • Loaded with resources and tools for developers and builders
  • Built with a future-proof core architecture
  • Backed by experience, industry expertise, and world-class support
  • Built to deliver pro-quality mobile, low-latency, VR, and 360° streaming experiences
  • Natively configured to support the Wowza WOWZ™ protocol for building ultra-low latency workflows

Wowza Streaming Engine Free Trial

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Annual Plan
Per instance/per month (billed annually)

Add to Cart

Pay $65 for each prepaid instance.

Add additional instances anytime.

Month-to-month subscriptions, high-volume plans, and perpetual licenses available. Choose the right plan based on your streaming frequency and viewership.

The Wowza Streaming Engine Advantage

Flexible and Customizable

Ingest Any Live Stream

Use the best encoding solution for your needs, from free software-based RTMP encoders to broadcast-grade MPEG-TS hardware.

Deliver to Any Device

Deliver video and audio streams to any player and any device, over any protocol, from a single streaming server.

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Stream Live, Linear, and On-Demand Content

Create live, linear, or on-demand streaming applications for live events, news, surveillance, monitoring, video libraries, and more.

Record and Archive Live Streams

Record a live stream to a file available for on-demand playback. Record an entire live webcast into a single file, segment it into multiple files for chapter replay, or start and stop recording at predetermined points for partial archiving.

Transcode Streams for Optimal Viewer Experiences

Transcoding with Wowza technology lets you refine your live encoding and streaming workflow, saving on upload bandwidth while delivering the best-possible-quality streams to each user's device.​

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Built to Build On

Programmable Architecture

Leverage a comprehensive suite of tools, APIs, and SDKs to automate workflows, accelerate your development cycle, and deliver innovative streaming services.

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Multi-Level Content Security

Ensure that your streams are protected with Wowza software's wide variety of security measures.

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Premium Support

Our premium support plans provide access to Wowza streaming experts when and where you need them.

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Optimized for Scalability

Extensible Modular Architecture

Deploy and modify your Wowza Streaming Engine instances to suit your specific needs. Add stand-alone instances, clusters, and edge servers seamlessly and non-disruptively.

Automated Management and Monitoring

Wowza Streaming Engine monitoring tools, comprehensive APIs, and SNMP integration enable proactive load and performance management. Use the Wowza Streaming Engine Manager GUI, or integrate with your preferred applications and tools.

Tightly Integrated with CDNs and Services

Wowza Steaming Engine is tightly integrated with industry-leading CDNs and streaming services, including Wowza CDN, Facebook Live, Akamai, YouTube Live, Limelight Networks, and TATA Communications.

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Flexible Deployment Options

Deploy Wowza Streaming Engine software in bare-metal, virtualized, and Docker containers on private infrastructure, with your preferred public cloud provider, or as a hybrid configuration to suit your current and future needs. Learn More About Wowza Streaming Engine Deployment Options »

Wowza Streaming Engine Features


Deployment Options
  • On premises: Bare metal or virtualized, running on a private cloud or in a Docker container
  • On a public cloud provider's infrastructure in a virtual machine with your own license
  • On a public cloud provider's infrastructure in a Docker container with your own license
  • As a configured Wowza Streaming Cloud licensed instance provided by a public cloud provider
Operating Systems
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10; Server 2003, 2008, 2012
  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • Linux
Recommend Minimum System Configuration
  • CPU: Single quad-core, 3.00 GHz or better
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Disk: 2 or more in RAID 0 (striping)
  • Network: 1Gbps Ethernet
  • Java (required): Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 8+ or Java Development Kit (JDK) 8+
Recommend High-Load System Configuration
  • Dual quad-core or a single hex-core, 3.00 GHz or better
  • RAM: 16–32GB
  • Disk: 2 or more in RAID 0 (striping)
  • Network: 10Gbps Ethernet
  • Java (required): Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 8+ or Java Development Kit (JDK) 8+
Stream Delivery  
Security and DRM
  • StreamLock™ SSL certification for RTMPS, RTMPE and HTTPS streams
  • AES-128,
  • Studio-approved DRM with third-party integration for key management
  • Authenticated connections
  • SecureToken content protection
Stream Targets
  • Facebook Live®
  • YouTube®
  • Icecast®
  • SHOUTcast®
  • Wowza Streaming Cloud
  • Most RTMP or RTSP/RTP–compatible stream targets
CDN Delivery
  • Wowza CDN
  • Akamai®
  • Alibaba CDN®
  • Limelight Networks®
  • TATA Communications®
  • Mirror Image®
  • Wowza Player
  • JW Player®
  • Flowplayer
  • iOS native player
  • Android (with HLS-compatible players)
  • Adobe® Flash (HDS/HLS-compatible players)
  • QuickTime® Player (10.0 or later for OS X)
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Apple QuickTime
  • VideoLAN VLC
  • RealPlayer
Closed Captioning  
Live Input
  • CEA-608 captions (Line 21 captioning)
  • AMF onTextData
  • AMF onCaption
Live Output
  • CEA-608
  • WebVTT
  • onTextData
Video On-Demand Input
  • Embedded 3GPP
  • TTML
  • WebVTT
  • SRT
  • SCC
  • Embedded CEA-608
Video On-Demand Output
  • CEA-608
  • WebVTT
  • onTextData
Developer Features  
Programming Interfaces
  • Java API
  • Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE)


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Wowza Streaming Engine Supported Formats


Video Output   H.265 H.264 H.263 VP9
Adobe RTMP          
Apple HLS          
Adobe HDS          
Microsoft Smooth Streaming          
Audio Output AAC OPUS Vorbis G.711 MP3
Adobe RTMP          
Apple HLS          
Adobe HDS          
Microsoft Smooth Streaming          
Video Input   H.265 H.264 H263 VP9
Adobe RTMP          
Apple HLS          
Audio Input AAC OPUS Vorbis G.711 MP3
Adobe RTMP          
Apple HLS          
System Requirements          
Minimum recommended production hardware CPU: Single Quad Core, 3.00 GHz or better
Disk: 2 or more in RAID 0 (striping)
Network: 1Gbps Ethernet
Supported operating systems Windows® (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10; Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016), Linux (all distributions), Mac® OS X
Java (required) Java™ Runtime Environment (JRE) 8+ or Java Development Kit (JDK) 8+


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Integrate GoCoder SDK for Free

Increase user engagement and build live-streaming into your iOS or Android app within minutes.

  • Live and on-demand streaming at any scale and to any destination.
  • Cross-platform API, supporting a broad range of iOS and Android devices.
  • Comprehensive SDKs to control encoder settings.
  • Best-in-class features, such as ultra-high-definition (UHD) 4K and ultra low latency streaming.
  • All in one robust, reliable end-to-end live-streaming solution.

End-to-End Workflow Enablement

Wowza Streaming Engine Data Diagram & Workflow


Wowza Streaming Engine accepts:

Video: H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, MPEG4 Part 2, MPEG2, VP8, VP9, VP6, Sorenson Spark®, Screen Video v1 & v2
Audio: AAC, AAC-LC, HE-AAC+ v1 & v2, MP3, Speex, Opus, Vorbis, AC-3, E-AC-3


JVC®: GY-HM650 & LS300, 850, 890
Panasonic®: PTZ AW series
Sony®: SRG-300SE
Axis: Most models
General: RTMP or RTSP/RTP IP cameras


Preconfigured: Wowza GoCoder mobile app, NewTek TriCaster, Telestream Wirecast, Teradek Cube, Hauppauge StreamEez-Pro, Epiphan Systems Pearl, Matrox Monarch
General: RTMP or RTSP/RTP encoders


Wowza Streaming Engine outputs:
Protocols Apple® HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), RTMP, Adobe® HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS), MPEG-DASH, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, RTSP/RTP, MPEG-TS

Video: H.265/HVEC, H.264/AVC, H.263(v2), VP9

Audio: AAC, AAC-LC, HE-AAC+v1 & v2, Opus, G.711

Resolution 1080p, 720p, UHD 4K


Wowza Streaming Engine targets:
Players JW Player®, Flowplayer, iOS native player, Android (with HLS-compatible players), Adobe® Flash (HDS/HLS-compatible players), QuickTime® Player (10.0 or later for OS X), Microsoft Silverlight, Apple QuickTime, VideoLAN VLC, RealPlayer
Devices Mobile phones and tablets, computers, gaming consoles, IPTV/OTT devices, smart TVs
Preconfigured Services and CDNs

Facebook Live®, YouTube®, Icecast®, SHOUTcast®, Wowza Streaming Cloud, Wowza CDN, Akamai®, Limelight Networks®, Tata Communications®, Mirror Image®

and most RTMP or RTSP/RTP–compatible stream targets

Expert Help When You Need It

Wowza offers tons of resources to help you get started and keep you streaming successfully. From premium support and advisory services to free support resources, help is close at hand.


Premium Support


Wowza offers premium technical support, including online ticket submission, chat, live event support, and advisory services.


Video Tutorials


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