Deploying Owncast through the Linode Marketplace
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Owncast is a self-hosted, “Twitch in a box” live streaming and chat server for use with popular broadcasting software such as OBS. You can use Owncast to live stream anything from gaming with your friends to live events for you and your clients. Like other popular streaming platforms, you can use Owncast’s APIs to build things such as chat bots and and stream overlays to drive further audience engagement.
Deploying the Owncast Marketplace App
The Linode Marketplace allows you to easily deploy software on a Linode using the Linode Cloud Manager.
Log in to the Cloud Manager and select the Marketplace link from the left navigation menu. This displays the Linode Compute Create page with the Marketplace tab pre-selected.
Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy.
Fill out all required Options for the selected app as well as any desired Advanced Options (which are optional). See the Configuration Options section for details.
Complete the rest of the form as discussed within the Getting Started > Create a Linode.
Click the Create Linode button. Once the Linode has provisioned and has fully powered on, wait for the software installation to complete. If the Linode is powered off or restarted before this time, the software installation will likely fail. To determine if the installation has completed, open the Linode’s Lish console and wait for the system login prompt to appear.
Follow the instructions within the Getting Started After Deployment section.
Software installation should complete within 2-5 minutes after the Linode has finished provisioning.
Here are the additional options available for this Marketplace App:
- Hostname (optional): Your public hostname for your Owncast server. Required for SSL.
- Email (optional): Your email address for configuring SSL. Advanced Configuration.
For advice on filling out the remaining options on the Create a Linode form, see Getting Started > Create a Linode. That said, some options may be limited or recommended based on this Marketplace App:
- Supported distributions: Debian 10
- Recommended plan: All plan types and sizes can be used with Owncast.
Getting Started after Deployment
Access your Owncast App
After Owncast has finished installing, you can access your server with your Linode’s IPv4 address. Copy your Linode’s IPv4 address from the
Linode Cloud Manager, and then connect to the server from your browser using your Linode’s IPv4 address and port
With Owncast running, you can begin to configure your new server. Visit the Admin settings, located at
/admin (for example
192.0.2.0:8080/admin). Visit the
Configuration Instructions to learn how you can change your video settings, web page content, and more.
On the server, Owncast is installed in the
/opt/owncast directory. You’ll find all your data files there. This is also where you can upgrade your Owncast server in the future.
NoteCurrently, Linode does not manage software and systems updates for Marketplace Apps. It is up to the user to perform routine maintenance on software deployed in this fashion.
You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.
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