On 12 april  Facebook announced the ability to stream live video on Facebook Live from a drone. The company has already conducted a demonstration with a Phantom drone DJI. The news does not stop there because the Facebook Live API is now public.


I am happy to show you  how to start your first live stream via API.

In this tuto i will explain to two method to start your live via your own facebook app or i will provide link for a ready app that you can use it.

UPDATE 27-04-2016 :

Let your Facebook app ready to post 

After you create your Facebook applications (you can google it , is easy to do) and get you app-id.here’s a sample code that you need just to upload in a .html file to your server. Your only need your to change “YOURAPPIDHERE” with your APP ID that you get it from Facebook.

//Connect to the app via the facebook sdk 2.6
window.fbAsyncInit = function() {
appId     : 'YOURAPPIDHERE',
xfbml     : true,
version   : 'v2.6'
(function(d, s, id){
var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;}
js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;
js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/de_DE/sdk.js";
fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));
<button id="liveButton">Live API activator</button>
document.getElementById('liveButton').onclick = function() {
display: 'popup',
method: 'live_broadcast',
phase: 'create',
}, function(response) {
if (!response.id) {
alert('dialog canceled');
alert('stream url:' + response.secure_stream_url);
display: 'popup',
method: 'live_broadcast',
phase: 'publish',
broadcast_data: response,
}, function(response) {
alert("video status: \n" + response.status);

Use a ready app

As i say , here is a link   http://houssem.dbira.tn/testlive.html  i created in my website that you can use it to test the Facebook live api you will find the same when you follow the steps above.

When test the code or enter the link that i provide you will find a sample button ,buttonThe magic happens when you click. A long-known Share dialog appears and you can choose where the Live Stream to appear. Your own timeline, the timeline of a friend, a group or your pages.


After you choose and click next you will get a page which now gives you the stream URL and the Key .It looks like a normal video share post,  But what stands out are the two fields where actually had the video: Server URL and Stream Key.postfb-live

The server URL is always the same: rtmp://rtmp-api.facebook.com:80/rtmp, in general is the same and don’t change .
The key is something special. This key is valid only once and you can used it after generating only for 24 hours and for one single post Anyone who knows this key can go live and post in your place.
That was it! Well so half. Now, Facebook has delivered you everything need to stream it.

Preparation of the Stream Software.

I spend two day in searching the best software to stream, There are many tools that support RTMP streaming but most of them is paid. I want to show you one that i think is the excellent free version – “Open Broadcaster Software”. You can download it from here https://obsproject.com/download be sure to chose the studio version.

let us start the goals of this post,

After the tool is installed, you go to Settings and choose Stream.


select the Custom server option and there are exactly the fields that you receiveed from Facebook. fill data and press OK.


Now you can choose the source of media from camera ,video or picture ! let’s add some text or no you want a screen capture !? is the best right haha ! just play around a bit with the options i let this missions to you.



Now you can start the live stream . Do not worry, he is not yet published on Facebook. Look back now to posting window. MAGIC !!!! the preview of your stream and the “Go Live” button is clickable. Select it and your stream is live!


Finally, a few specs for the stream:

720p at 30 frames / s
1 keyframe every 2 seconds
The bit rate should not exceed 2500Kbps
The video length is limited to 90 minutes
Thats it! …

… But that’s just the Quicky “How do I Live”. The API has many more great features. Just check out the rest in Facebook Live API documentation.

Don’t hesitate to comment below if you have any questions/problems 🙂


Awesome post! However I can’t seem to get past the offline message despite trying out both OBS and wirecast to stream.

Hi there,
i have problem when click the button, it response an error : “Given URL is not allowed by the Application configuration: One or more of the given URLs is not allowed by the App’s settings. It must match the Website URL or Canvas URL, or the domain must be a subdomain of one of the App’s domains.”
Do you have any ideal about this case?
Btw, Thanks for this very much! 😀

Hi, I tried to stream on Facebook using OBS studio but it mentioned failed to connect server and I already key in to the URL server and stream key to the setting. But it still can’t work.

Hi ,
please can you take a screenshot! is a strong problem please verify your key espace be sure from what you copy !

I have read your post and I managed to make it work 🙂

In addition I would like to publish and not create a live facebook video. My code below works (creates a pop-up window with the rtmp specified below) but I am keep getting the following message.

If your video stream isn’t working, make sure you copied the contents of these fields into your video streaming software’s settings.

Hi Tseng and thank you for your comment ,
i will search for you some apps on mobile similar to OBS Studio, but if you want make a live video Facebook enable this feature for all people try it.

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