Manually installing plugins on linux
- Do one of the following
- Build the plugin from source
- Get the binaries as a zip archive
- Get the plugin as a .deb file and extract it
- Create the following directory structure:
- ~/.config/obs-studio/plugins/[plugin name]/bin/64bit
- ~/.config/obs-studio/plugins/[plugin name]/data
- Copy the .so file to the bin/64bit folder and the data (locale etc.) to the data/ folder
Sometimes you have to install plugins on Linux manually. Maybe because you do not
have root access, because you built the plugin from source or you only have a .deb
installer, but you're not using a Debian based distro.
Building from source
This can vary depending on the plugin, so here's just the basics:
The .so of the plugin should now be in the build folder. The data for the plugin should be in the root
of the plugin repository.
- Install obs-studio (duh), git, cmake, gcc and g++
- Clone the plugin with `git clone [plugin git repo]`, you might have to add `--recursive`
- Change the directory into the plugin repo
- Build the plugin `mkdir build && cd build && cmake .. && make`. Add `-j[threads]` for parallel building
Extracting a .deb installer
When I switched my plugins to the CI of the plugin-template the CI stopped creating zip archives with the binaries,
so for now there's only Debian installers. The installer is just an archive that contains the binaries, so you
just have to extract:
Inside `data.tar.gz` is a structure that looks like this:
Ultimately you only need the .so file and the contents of the `.../obs-plugins/[plugin name]/` folder.
- usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/obs-plugins/[plugin name].so
- usr/share/obs/obs-plugins/[plugin name]/
Installing the files
After extracting the .deb installer or building the plugin from source you'll have both the .so file
and the plugin data. Then it's just a matter of creating the correct folders in your local obs-studio
directory and then moving the files there.
Create the folling directory structure:
Copy the .so file to the `bin/64bit` folder and the plugin data (locale etc.) to the `data/` folder.
- `~/.config/obs-studio/plugins/[plugin name]/bin/64bit`
- `~/.config/obs-studio/plugins/[plugin name]/data`