Red5 is an open-source media server for live streaming solutions that are written in Java. It provides a powerful platform that supports streaming Video (FLV, F4V, MP4, 3GP), Audio (MP3, F4A, M4A, AAC), and RTMP/RTMPT protocols for maximum flexibility. This article will guide you on how to install Red5 Server on CentOS/RHEL 9/8.
- A CentOS/RHEL 8 or 9 instance with root privileges.
- Sufficient storage space for the server software and media files.
- An installed Java Development Kit (JDK), as Red5 is a Java-based application.
Step 1: Update the System
First, you should start by updating your system to the latest packages. Open the terminal and execute the following command:
sudo yum update -y
Step 2: Install the Java Development Kit (JDK)
Since Red5 is a Java application, you need to install the Java Development Kit. If you don’t have JDK installed in your system, use the following command:
sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel -y
To verify the Java installation, run:
This will output the version of Java that is currently active on your system.
Step 3: Install Ant
Apache Ant is a Java library and command-line tool that helps in driving processes described in build files as targets and extension points dependent upon each other. Use the following command to install Ant:
sudo yum install ant -y
Verify the installation with the command:
Step 4: Download and Install Red5 Server
Now we can move on to downloading and installing the Red5 server. Navigate to the /usr/local directory:
Download the latest version of the Red5 server using wget:
sudo wget https://github.com/Red5/red5-server/releases/download/v1.3.19/red5-server-1.3.19-server.tar.gz
Extract the downloaded tar file:
sudo tar xvfz red5-server-1.3.19-server.tar.gz
Rename the extracted directory to red5:
sudo mv red5-server red5
Step 5: Configure Red5 Server
Navigate to the red5 directory:
Make the Red5.sh file executable:
sudo chmod +x red5.sh
Step 6: Run Red5 Server
Now you can start the Red5 server with the following command:
This will start the Red5 server, and it should be accessible on the default port 5080.
Step 7: Enable Red5 Server at Boot
In order to ensure that Red5 server starts automatically at boot time, you need to create a systemd service file. Open a new service file in /etc/systemd/system/:
sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/red5.service
Add the following content:
Save and close the file. Now reload the systemd manager configuration:
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
Enable the Red5 service to start on boot:
sudo systemctl enable red5
You can start, stop, and check the status of the Red5 server with the following commands respectively:
sudo systemctl start red5
sudo systemctl stop red5
sudo systemctl status red5
Now, you have successfully installed the Red5 server on your CentOS/RHEL 8 or 9. You can start creating applications for streaming audio and video over the internet. Make sure to secure your server and customize the Red5 server settings as per your specific needs.