Live Video API

The Live Video API enables video encoders, cameras, web, and desktop applications to stream live video directly to Facebook user profiles, pages, and groups. As long as your app can produce a live RTMPS stream, you can stream to Facebook using the Live Video API.

Common Uses


To use this API, your app must undergo App Review for the following features and permissions.



Most endpoints require a mix of the following permissions. To determine which permissions you need, refer to the reference documents for each of the endpoints your app uses.

Publishing on a User

Publishing on a Page

Publishing on a Group


Live video broadcasts on Users, Events, and Groups must be encrypted using the RTMPS data transfer protocol. When starting a broadcast, the API will return an RTMPS secure stream URL which you must use when streaming to our servers.

As of May 23rd, 2019, the following software and hardware providers support RTMPS:

  • BoxCast
  • Brightcove
  • DJI
  • EasyLive
  • Elemental
  • Epiphan
  • FFmpeg
  • Grabyo
  • Haivision
  • LiveStream
  • LiveU
  • Mevo
  • NewTek
  • OBS
  • Stage TEN
  • Switcher Studio
  • Telescope
  • Telestream
  • Teradek
  • Wowza
  • XSplit
  • Zixi

Live video broadcasts on Pages and Workplace can use the non-encrypted standard RTMP protocol until November 1st, 2019, after which RTMP will no longer be supported. When starting a broadcast, the API response will include an RTMP stream URL which can be used for non-encrypted streaming to our servers. Note that if you are using RTMP and using a persistent stream key generated with the Live Video Composer, you should reset your persistent key and update any devices that use them or your streams will fail.

Next Steps

Read our Overview to learn about the API's core concepts, then follow the steps in our Getting Started document to quickly create a broadcast on your own User profile.