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Icecast is free server software for streaming multimedia.

Icecast 2.4.1 Docs — Table of Contents


Icecast 2.4.1 Readme

Icecast is a streaming media server which currently supports Ogg Vorbis and MP3 audio streams. It can be used to create an Internet radio station or a privately running jukebox and many things in between. It is very versatile in that new formats can be added relatively easily and supports open standards for commuincation and interaction.

Icecast is distributed under the GNU GPL, version 2. A copy of this license is included with this software in the COPYING file.


Icecast requires the following packages:


To build icecast on a Unix platform, perform the following:


make install

to build and install this release.

A sample config file will be placed in /usr/local/etc (on UNIX) or in the current working directory (on Win32) and is called icecast.xml

Documentation for Icecast is available in the doc directory, by viewing doc/index.html in a browser.

Please email us at, or come and see us at, channel #icecast, if you have any troubles.