Install Wowza on CentOS

Wowza Media Server is the high-performance, high-value unified streaming media and video software. It is used for live or on-demand streaming to websites, computers, mobile devices and IPTV/OTT endpoints.

[alert style="info"]Wowza isn’t a free software, however they offer limited developer licences and free trial licences for 30 days.[/alert]

This tutorial will show how to install and configure Wowza 3.5.x on a CentOS-based dedicated server or VPS.

Install Wowza

Get Wowza (before copy-pasting the following command be sure to check for the latest version available on their website)


Make sure the file you’ve downloaded is executable

chmod +x WowzaMediaServer-3.5.2.rpm.bin

Start the installation


Read the on-screen instructions carefully.

Install Java

Most likely, you don’t yet have Java installed if it’s a fresh CentOS installation. No worries, yum will do this for you

yum install java*

[alert]Do not omit the asterisk sign in the above command. It ensures that yum will install all necessary Java packages[/alert]

Start Wowza

Navigate to Wowza installation directory and run the startup script

cd /usr/local/WowzaMediaServer/bin/

Enter your license key when requested. Get the one here.

That’s it, now you’ve got Wowza Media Server up and running on your CentOS server.

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