mod_flvx – Apache FLV streaming module

Apache FLV streaming using mod_flvx :


Why mod_flvx ?

Mod_flvx was coded by Paul Querna which allows people to skip boring parts or see video ending without loading the whole file (saves a lot of bandwidth). The default apache does not support this feature so we need to install mod_flvx to enable it. Lighttpd comes with the mod_flv_streaming module inbuild and that why people go for apache + lighttpd (as backend to serve flv files) to boost up their video streaming.

Pre-request :

You need to have apache 2.x or 2.2.x version installed in your server (unfortunately it won’t work with apache 1.x version), also with httpd-devel rpm which has the apxs and a pseudo-streaming compliant Flash player Flowplayer .

Installing mod_flvx :

  • Download the mod_flvx from in any of your src directory.
  • cd /usr/src
  • wget
  • which apxs (to check the location of apxs binary)
  • /usr/bin/apxs -cia mod_flvx.c
  • apxs will setup everything for you (make sure that no errors during the compilation process)
  • Open your httpd.conf file and add AddHandler flv-stream .flv (at the end of  AddHandler lines)
  • Restart apache /etc/init.d/httpd restart

enjoy 🙂

Useful links :

H264 Streaming module


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