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Original author(s)Wim Taymans
Written inC
Operating systemLinux
LicenseMIT License

PipeWire is a server for handling audio and video streams and hardware on Linux.[1][2][3] It was created by Wim Taymans at Red Hat.[4] It handles multimedia routing and pipeline processing.[5]

Some of its goals are:


Initially the project was called PulseVideo.[1][10] Later on, the name Pinos was used (named after a city Wim has lived in, Pinos de Alhaurin in Spain).[4] One of the initial goals was to improve handling of video on Linux the same way PulseAudio improved handling of audio.[1] Ideas for the project were derived from PulseVideo by William Manley (the name "PulseVideo" used by Manley is not related to the same name used by Taymans at the beginning of the project).[11][12] As Christian Schaller says: "it draws many of its ideas from an early prototype by William Manley called PulseVideo and builds upon some of the code that was merged into GStreamer due to that effort."[4]

In November 2018, PipeWire was re-licensed from the LGPL to the MIT License.[6][13]


PipeWire has received much praise, especially among the GNOME and Arch Linux[14][15] communities. Particularly, it fixes many problems that PulseAudio had experienced, including its high CPU usage,[16] bluetooth connection issues,[17][18] and its JACK backend issues.[19]


  1. ^ a b c Schaller, Christian (2017-09-19). "Launching Pipewire!". Christian F.K. Schaller. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  2. ^ a b Lerch, Ryan (2017-09-20). "Improved multimedia support with Pipewire in Fedora 27". Fedora Magazine. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  3. ^ a b c Sneddon, Joey (2017-09-21). "PipeWire aims to do for video what PulseAudio did for sound". OMG! Ubuntu!. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  4. ^ a b c Schaller, Christian (2015-06-30). "Fedora Workstation next steps : Introducing Pinos". Christian F.K. Schaller. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  5. ^ a b Raghavan, Arun (2018-10-31). "Update from the PipeWire hackfest". Arun Raghavan. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  6. ^ a b Larabel, Michael (2019-02-03). "PipeWire Should Be One Of The Exciting Linux Desktop Technologies For 2019". Phoronix. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  7. ^ a b Kaskinen, Tanu (2018-11-12). "PipeWire Hackfest 2018 in Edinburgh". Tanu's Blog. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  8. ^ a b Schaller, Christian (2018-01-26). "An update on Pipewire – the multimedia revolution". Christian F.K. Schaller. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  9. ^ Larabel, Michael (2018-10-30). "PipeWire Is Still On Track For One Day Being A Drop-In Replacement To PulseAudio". Phoronix. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  10. ^ Larabel, Michael (2015-06-30). ""PulseVideo" Coming To Complement PulseAudio?". Phoronix. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  11. ^ Schaller, Christian (2015-07-01). "Comment on: How is this project related to PulseVideo?". Christian F.K. Schaller. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  12. ^ Willis, Nathan (2015-10-21). "3D video and device mediation with GStreamer". LWN.new. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  13. ^ "Relicense as MIT/X11". PipeWire Git repository in GitHub. 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  14. ^ "Pulseaudio no more". Arch Linux Subreddit. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  15. ^ "pipewire-pulse 0.3.16-4 in testing now replaces pulseaudio!". Arch Linux Subreddit. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  16. ^ "PulseAudio High CPU Usage". Arch Linux Forums. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  17. ^ "Cannot connect to bluetooth audio device using pulseaudio". Arch Linux Forums. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Headset delivers bad audio quality and low microphone volume in HSP/HFP mode (bluetooth)". PulseAudio GitLab. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  19. ^ "PipeWire FAQ". PipeWire GitLab. Retrieved 6 January 2021.

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