Guide to Setting up Restreamer on a Windows Machine

Restreamer is an open-source tool that allows you to relay or forward live video streams to multiple platforms simultaneously. It provides an interface to capture and distribute broadcasts without needing multiple instances of streaming software.


If you’re streaming from your home network, you’ll need to ensure that your upload bandwidth can handle the combined bitrate of all the streams you’re sending. In simpler terms, for each platform you’re streaming to, your bandwidth consumption is multiplied. For example, if you’re streaming a 5 Mbps broadcast to three platforms, your home network should have an upload speed of at least 15 Mbps to ensure a stable stream to all platforms.

Step 1: Install Docker Desktop for Windows

  1. Visit Docker Desktop for Windows and download the installer.
  2. Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. You might be prompted to enable WSL 2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux 2) or Hyper-V features. Follow the prompts and enable them.
  3. Once installed, launch Docker Desktop. Ensure the Docker whale icon appears in the system tray, which means Docker is running.

Step 2: Run Restreamer using Docker

  1. Open Windows Command Prompt or PowerShell as an administrator.
  2. Pull the Restreamer Docker image:
    • docker pull datarhei/restreamer:latest
  3. Run Restreamer (edit the RS_USERNAME and RS_PASSWORD for the admin panel default login, otherwise continue with defaults):
    • docker run -d --restart always --name restreamer -e "RS_USERNAME=admin" -e "RS_PASSWORD=datarhei" -p 8080:8080 -v /mnt/restreamer/db:/restreamer/db datarhei/restreamer:latest

Step 3: Access Restreamer Web Interface

  1. Open your preferred web browser.
  2. Navigate to http://localhost:8080.
  3. Use the default username admin and password datarhei to log in.

That’s it! You now have Restreamer set up on your Windows machine. You can start configuring your streams through the Restreamer interface. Enjoy your streaming adventures! 🎥

Part 2 of this guide will explain how to “Restreamer” (simulcast) it with OBS or similar software