looking for a decent free / Open Source flash media server software for linux

Hi all,

I hope someone can help me with this one. I am looking for a decent free / Open Source flash media server software which I can run on a Linux server. Adobe’s Flash Media Server (http://www.adobe.com/products/flashmediaserver/) is very expensive and not within any reasonable cost range (R40K+).

The Flash Media Server uses the RMTP protocol: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_Time_Messaging_Protocol

This is needed to run the following Joomla extension:http://www.joomplace.com/live-conference/live-conference.html which basically allows us to setup a Flash tutorial conference setup, similar to podcasts.

We currently use CentOS Linux + cPanel, as well as CentOS + VirtualMin but I’m open to suggestion for other control panels as well if need be.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me?


Yeah, the Flash Media Server runs at about $1000 for the full version, which is indeed a bit pricey.

As far as an Open Source implementation of that software, you may want to contact the makers of the Joomla plugin you’re interested in. If there’s a viable alternative to spending $1000 on prerequisite, I suspect they’d know about it and could point you in the right direction.

However, have you looked into Red5? I’m not sure if that implements everything you’d need, but it does say it’s an Open Source flash server:


Im running red5 and it is a valid media server capable of flash and more.
The only issue Im having is that it is Java so you will need to find/write the webapps
I have used red5 also in the Dolphin CMS which included videoconferencing and it works great.
A pain to install though.

I used this once with Red5:

Also I have succesfully used com_jwebcamxp.
However this has been removed from the joomla extension site due to vunerability.
I still have the component and module on my PC if you are interested to try.

Also the Adobe developer media server can be used without charge,but is limited to 10 users unless they have changed this last year.
If your classes are not bigger then you should be fine.