How do I record the live streaming screen with audio? I read in some forums about Mplayer and VLC player. I tried using download helper, with no luck

These are the steps I do

  1. http://shalomtv.tv
  2. Click and play shalom India, the first tab, live television

2 Answers 2


The stream in your link seems to be a RTMP stream. Solution:

Downloading RTMP streams with rtmpdump and rtmpsrv

  1. Install rtmpdump by opening your terminal with Ctrl + Alt + T and using this command:

    sudo apt-get install rtmpdump
  2. Redirect RTMP traffic through a local port. Copy & paste this command to the terminal window:

    sudo iptables -t nat -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 1935 -j REDIRECT
  3. Start rtmpsrv by typing in the terminal:

  4. Go to the website where the video stream is and start playing the video.

  5. After a while, rtmpsrv should output a longish command that will look something like this:

    rtmpdump -r "rtmp://livestream.someaddress.com/live/" -a "live/" -f "LNX 11,6,602,171" -W "https://www.someaddress.org/live/player.swf" -p "http://live.tv/" -y "nnnnnn.sdp" -o nnnnnn.flv
  6. Stop rtmpsrv with Ctrl + C. You can leave the website.

  7. Before downloading, you need to delete the port forwarding you did previously. Copy & paste this command to the terminal:

    sudo iptables -t nat -D OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 1935 -j REDIRECT
  8. Finally, copy the longish command starting with "rtmpdump -r..." and paste it in the terminal. rtmpdump should start downloading the stream. You can stop the downloading with Ctrl + C.

  • @MadsSkjern: Edited answer. -A is append and -D is delete, so not permanently if you do the step 7. Feb 26, 2015 at 20:45
  • It works, thx :) However, rtmpsrv also prints a few errors, which initially made me overlook the rtmpdump command. Are those errors expected? Feb 27, 2015 at 7:36
  • @MadsSkjern I don't remember (haven't used rtmpdump in a while), but if the downloading itself works, I wouldn't care about the errors. Feb 27, 2015 at 10:50

I guess this is newish, but this thing is brilliant: youtube-dl-bdmurray.youtube-dl It's a "snap", so to install it you type

sudo snap install youtube-dl-bdmurray

Then I simply wrote youtube-dl-bdmurray.youtube-dl [url-containing-video]

on the command line, and it found the video, started the video (which was not automatic), downloaded/streamed the thing, and left me with a perfect mp4 file.


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