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Developer(s) OpenBroadcaster
Initial release 2003
Stable release
4.1.1 / July 1, 2015; 16 months ago (2015-07-01)
Written in Python, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery
Operating system Linux
Available in English, French, German, Chinese, Estonian, Thai. Translatable Framework.
Type Live streaming Broadcast automation
License GNU Affero General Public License
Not to be confused with Open Broadcaster Software.

OpenBroadcaster is a web-based, open source system to run community radio and television broadcast transmitters with a simple web interface.


The initial concept was to develop a web based radio system to run emergency messages and public service announcements for export to Africa as part of a Yukon College innovation project originating from Tagish Yukon Territory Canada by using a windup radio designed by Trevor Baylis.[1]

On Labour Day weekend, 1997 CFET-FM 106.7FM was launched, for the benefit of communities in Tagish, Johnson's Crossing and Marsh Lake, YT. It was a one-man operation, but local volunteers could record material for sending to the station via the internet for broadcast. The system was used for the community's local emergency population warning[2] for instantaneous relay of Yukon Forestry Service alerts for Wildfire situations. 2004 CFET-FM Radio[3] began using OpenBroadcaster for User Generated Radio. CJUC Whitehorse Yukon[4] was put into production at radio station .

Version history[edit]

Version Features Released
OpenBroadcaster 1.0 Shared Play lists, Scheduling, User assigned show templates and unattended emergency broadcasting. 2003-01-01
OpenBroadcaster 2.0 Multiple device, visual playback, support as a Joomla extension. 2008-01-01
OpenBroadcaster 3.0 AJAX, Python, jQuery, JSON on a Model–view–controller framework. 2009-01-01
OpenBroadcaster 4.0 Full blown API, HTML 5, Gstreamer, Festival tts, Modular programming environment to create plugins, skinnable UI themes.

OBPlayer Xubuntu Gtk GUI and Headless software playout Streaming media application that supports unattended priority emergency notification system across all mixed media types.

OpenBroadcaster 4.1.1 Common Alerting Protocol emergency broadcasting. Touch Screen LIVE Assist controller built on a HTML5 Mobile framework. 2015-07-01


  • OBServer: HTML5 AJAX web application for uploading content, creating smart playlists, managing users, assigning users to timeslots and for scheduling music. Decentralized file storage with centralized cloud computing management.
  • OBPlayer: Linux application with GUI for logging and managing devices connected to transmitters, digital screens and supported devices accessible through a secure http(s) admin panel. Supports Audio over IP Ravenna (networking).
  • Mobile: Cross platform application written in PhoneGap to allow users the ability to pitch electronic money to performers and artists in real time.

Practical Uses[edit]


Source client for Icecast streaming server, LPFM and under regulated radio, Smart music scheduling system to microbroadcast theme based music segments for restaurants and public spaces, Tourism Radio with Audio tour GPS coded triggering for multicultural visitor experience, tourist information and highway advisory radio, User Determined Music Discovery Service, Dynamic Podcast assembler, Logging and archiving, Community radio Campus radio and High school radio networking, Special interest multicultural media in Canada broadcasters, Syndicated in store advertising and public address distribution, Music on hold for telephone systems, Computer DJ Crowdcasting Community Jukebox, Source for interplanetary Active SETI, RDS and Datacasting to remotely control Addressability devices with Crisis mapping, Song Requester 100% user-controlled radio.


Low power Community television, under regulated TV service, User generated Community channel (Canada) on Cable TV, User Generated Adult Entertainment Channel[5] Digital signage and visitor information, Analogue and Digital source material distribution and archiving for display in museums, Video on demand with podcasting utilizing digital rights management, Out-of-home advertising via shopping mall directories and digital menu boards with point-of-purchase promotions.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thompson, John (2010-02-10). "Tagish techie dreams big about small radio". Yukon News. professes that he couldn’t code his way out of a wet paper bag. 
  2. ^ "Barix IP Audio Devices Gain Popularity in Radio and TV EAS Applications". Barix AG. 2007-04-12. 
  3. ^ Careless, James (2003-11-22). "Pirate Wins Government Approval to Broadcast in Yukon". Radio World International. Describing his technical education as derived "from reading discarded Popular Science magazines" 
  4. ^ Polonsky, Bill (2005-04-22). "There's a new kid in town". What's Up Yukon. “The key was to find a way to do remote broadcasting without someone having to be in a control room” 
  5. ^ Ladurantaye, Steve (2013-09-03). "Why this Yukoner asked the CRTC to license a user generated porn channel". The Globe and Mail. save time and money and let a computer do the work and run your television station with user-generated content 

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