Ultimate Guide to Setting Up Jibri for Jitsi Recording and Streaming

3 min

Welcome to your go-to guide for setting up Jibri with Jitsi, the popular open-source tool for video conferencing. Whether you’re a teacher, a business professional, or someone looking to record and stream meetings, this guide is designed to walk you through the process step by step, ensuring you can capture every important moment without a hitch.

What is Jibri?

Jibri is an essential tool for anyone using Jitsi Meet who wants to record their meetings or stream them to services like YouTube or Facebook Live. It stands for “Jitsi BRoadcasting Infrastructure,” and while it might sound complex, setting it up is straightforward with the right guidance.


Before diving into the setup process, ensure you have the following:

  • A working Jitsi Meet instance: If you haven’t set this up, look for a guide on installing and configuring Jitsi Meet first.
  • A separate machine or VM for Jibri: This is crucial as Jibri will use significant resources, especially when recording or streaming.
  • Basic knowledge of Linux commands: Since most Jitsi and Jibri installations are on Linux servers, some familiarity will help.

Step 1: Install Jibri

Update Your System: Ensure your system is up-to-date with the latest packages.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Jibri: Run the following command to install Jibri and its dependencies.

sudo apt install jibri

Step 2: Configure Jibri

Configure User and Groups: Add the Jibri user to the necessary groups to allow it to access the audio and video devices.

sudo usermod -aG adm,audio,video,plugdev jibri

Edit the Jibri Configuration File: Modify /etc/jitsi/jibri/config.json with your specific details. Pay special attention to the recording directory, XMPP environment, and credentials.

Step 3: Set Up Recording and Streaming in Jitsi

  • Configure Jitsi Meet: Edit the Jitsi Meet configuration files to enable recording and live streaming features.
  • Restart Services: After making changes, restart the Jitsi and Jibri services to apply the new configurations.

Step 4: Test Your Setup

  • Start a Jitsi Meeting: Open your Jitsi Meet instance and start a new meeting.
  • Record or Stream: Click on the “More options” button (three dots) and select either “Start recording” or “Start live stream.”
  • Check the Results: Once done, check the recording directory you set up or your streaming service to ensure the - video has been saved or streamed successfully.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Audio or Video Not Capturing: Ensure Jibri has the necessary permissions and that your system has the correct audio and video drivers installed.
  • Recording Stops Unexpectedly: Check your server resources; Jibri can be resource-intensive, especially with higher-quality streams or recordings.


Q1 What is Jibri?

  • Jibri is a tool for recording and streaming audio and video from Jitsi Meet meetings. It stands for “Jitsi BRoadcasting Infrastructure” and is used to capture everything that happens in a Jitsi meeting.

Q2 Can Jibri run on the same server as Jitsi Meet?

  • While it’s technically possible, it’s not recommended due to the resource-intensive nature of Jibri. Running it on a separate machine or virtual machine ensures better performance and stability.

Q3 What are the system requirements for Jibri?

  • Jibri requires a modern processor with virtualization support, at least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended), and a sound and video card capable of capturing the audio and video to be streamed or recorded.

Q4 How do I know if Jibri is correctly recording or streaming my meeting?

  • When a recording or stream starts, you’ll see a notification in your Jitsi Meet session. You can also check the recording directory you configured or the streaming service dashboard to verify that the file is being created.

Q5 Can I record and stream simultaneously with Jibri?

  • Yes, Jibri can handle both recording and streaming simultaneously, but this will require more from your server in terms of resources.

Q6 Why does my recording stop unexpectedly?

  • This could be due to insufficient server resources or misconfigurations. Check your server’s CPU, memory usage, and Jibri logs for any error messages.

Q7 How do I change the recording resolution or quality?

  • You can adjust these settings in the Jibri configuration file, typically located at /etc/jitsi/jibri/config.json. Be mindful that higher quality settings will require more resources.

Q8 Is Jibri secure?

  • Jibri itself is secure when properly set up, but as with any system, its security depends on the overall security of the server it’s running on and the Jitsi Meet instance it’s connected to. Ensure you’re following best practices for server security and Jitsi Meet configuration.

Q9 Can I use Jibri with multiple Jitsi Meet instances?

  • Yes, but each Jibri instance can only handle one recording or streaming job at a time. For multiple simultaneous recordings or streams, you’ll need multiple Jibri instances.

Q10 Where can I find the recordings Jibri makes?

  • Recordings are typically stored in the directory specified in the Jibri configuration file. The default path is usually /recordings, but this can be changed based on your setup.

Q11 How do I troubleshoot issues with Jibri?

  • Start by checking the Jibri logs, which are usually located in /var/log/jitsi/jibri/. Look for any error messages or indications of what might be going wrong. The Jitsi community forums are also a great resource for troubleshooting help.

Q12 Do I need any special software to view the recordings?

  • No, recordings are typically saved in a standard video format like MP4, which can be played back on most media players.

Need help with your Jitsi? Get in touch!

Your inquiry could not be saved. Please try again.
Thank you! We have received your inquiry.
Get in Touch

Fill up this form and our team will reach out to you shortly