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GStreamer (Rtsp Server library) bindings for Rust. Documentation can be found here.

These bindings are providing a safe API that can be used to interface with GStreamer, e.g. for writing GStreamer-based applications and GStreamer plugins.

The bindings are mostly autogenerated with gir based on the GObject-Introspection API metadata provided by the GStreamer project.

Table of Contents

  1. Installation
    1. Linux/BSDs
    2. macOS
    3. Windows
  2. Getting Started
  3. License
  4. Contribution


To build the GStreamer bindings or anything depending on them, you need to have at least GStreamer 1.8 and gst-plugins-base 1.8 installed. In addition, some of the examples/tutorials require various GStreamer plugins to be available, which can be found in gst-plugins-base, gst-plugins-good, gst-plugins-bad, gst-plugins-ugly and/or gst-libav.


You need to install the above mentioned packages with your distributions package manager, or build them from source.

On Debian/Ubuntu they can be installed with

$ apt-get install libgstreamer1.0-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev \
      gstreamer1.0-plugins-base gstreamer1.0-plugins-good \
      gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly \
      gstreamer1.0-libav libgstrtspserver-1.0-dev libges-1.0-dev

The minimum required version of the above libraries is >= 1.8. If you build the gstreamer-player sub-crate, or any of the examples that depend on gstreamer-player, you must ensure that in addition to the above packages, libgstreamer-plugins-bad1.0-dev is installed and that the version is >= 1.12. See the Cargo.toml files for the full details,

$ # Only if you wish to install gstreamer-player, make sure the version
$ # of this package is >= 1.12.
$ apt-get install libgstreamer-plugins-bad1.0-dev

Package names on other distributions should be similar. Please submit a pull request with instructions for yours.


You can install GStreamer and the plugins via Homebrew or by installing the binaries provided by the GStreamer project.


Homebrew only installs various plugins if explicitly enabled, so some extra --with-* flags may be required.

$ brew install gstreamer gst-plugins-base gst-plugins-good \
      gst-plugins-bad gst-plugins-ugly gst-libav gst-rtsp-server \
      gst-editing-services --with-orc --with-libogg --with-opus \
      --with-pango --with-theora --with-libvorbis --with-libvpx \

If you wish to install the gstreamer-player sub-crate, make sure the version of these libraries is >= 1.12. Otherwise, a version >= 1.8 is sufficient.

GStreamer Binaries

You need to download the two .pkg files from the GStreamer website and install them, e.g. gstreamer-1.0-1.12.3-x86_64.pkg and gstreamer-1.0-devel-1.12.3-x86_64.pkg.

After installation, you also need to install pkg-config (e.g. via Homebrew) and set the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable

$ export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="/Library/Frameworks/GStreamer.framework/Versions/Current/lib/pkgconfig${PKG_CONFIG_PATH:+:$PKG_CONFIG_PATH}"


You can install GStreamer and the plugins via MSYS2 with pacman or by installing the binaries provided by the GStreamer project.

MSYS2 / pacman
$ pacman -S glib2-devel pkg-config \
      mingw-w64-x86_64-gstreamer mingw-w64-x86_64-gst-plugins-base \
      mingw-w64-x86_64-gst-plugins-good mingw-w64-x86_64-gst-plugins-bad \
      mingw-w64-x86_64-gst-plugins-ugly mingw-w64-x86_64-gst-libav \

If you wish to install the gstreamer-player sub-crate, make sure the version of these libraries is >= 1.12. Otherwise, a version >= 1.8 is sufficient.

Note that the version of pkg-config included in MSYS2 is known to have problems compiling GStreamer, so you may need to install another version. One option would be pkg-config-lite.

GStreamer Binaries

You need to download the two .msi files for your platform from the GStreamer website and install them, e.g. gstreamer-1.0-x86_64-1.12.3.msi and gstreamer-1.0-devel-x86_64-1.12.3.msi.

After installation, you also need to install pkg-config (e.g. via MSYS2 or from here) and set the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable

$ export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="c:\\gstreamer\\1.0\\x86_64\\lib\\pkgconfig${PKG_CONFIG_PATH:+:$PKG_CONFIG_PATH}"

Getting Started

The API reference can be found here, however it is only the Rust API reference and does not explain any of the concepts.

For getting started with GStreamer development, the best would be to follow the documentation on the GStreamer website, especially the Application Development Manual. While being C-centric, it explains all the fundamental concepts of GStreamer and the code examples should be relatively easily translatable to Rust. The API is basically the same, function/struct names are the same and everything is only more convenient (hopefully) and safer.

In addition there are tutorials on the GStreamer website. Many of them were ported to Rust already and the code can be found in the tutorials directory.

Some further examples for various aspects of GStreamer and how to use it from Rust can be found in the examples directory.

Various GStreamer plugins written in Rust can be found in the gst-plugins-rs repository.


gstreamer-rs and all crates contained in here are licensed under either of

  • Apache License, Version 2.0, (LICENSE-APACHE or http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0)
  • MIT license (LICENSE-MIT or http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT)

at your option.

GStreamer itself is licensed under the Lesser General Public License version 2.1 or (at your option) any later version: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl-2.1.html


Any kinds of contributions are welcome as a pull request.

Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in gstreamer-rs by you, as defined in the Apache-2.0 license, shall be dual licensed as above, without any additional terms or conditions.


pub use ffi;
pub use gio;
pub use glib;
pub use gst;
pub use gst_net;
pub use gst_rtsp;
pub use gst_sdp;



An address

Flags used to control allocation of addresses

An address pool, all member are private

The authentication structure.

The client object represents the connection and its state with a client.

Information passed around containing the context of a request.

A class that contains the GStreamer element along with a list of RTSPStream objects that can produce data.

The definition and logic for constructing the pipeline for a media. The media can contain multiple streams like audio and video.

A media factory that creates a pipeline to play any uri.

Creates a RTSPMediaFactory object for a given url.




This object listens on a port, creates and manages the clients connected to it.

Session information kept by the server for a specific client. One client session, identified with a session id, can handle multiple medias identified with the url of a media.

State of a client session regarding a specific media identified by path.

An object that keeps track of the active sessions. This object is usually attached to a RTSPServer object to manage the sessions in that server.

The definition of a media stream.

A Transport description for a stream

The thread pool structure.

The supported modes of the media.


Result codes from RTSP address pool functions.

The state of the media pipeline.

Whether the clock and possibly RTP/clock offset should be published according to RFC7273.

The suspend mode of the media pipeline. A media pipeline is suspended right after creating the SDP and when the client performs a PAUSED request.

Different thread types