Icecast 2.4.1 Documentation

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.

There are two major parts to most streaming media servers: The component providing the content (what we call source clients) and the component which is responsible for serving that content to listeners (this is the function of Icecast).


Icecast requires the following packages:

What platforms are supported?

Currently the following Unix platforms are supported:

  • Linux (Most flavors including Redhat and Debian)
  • FreeBSD
  • OpenBSD
  • Solaris

Currently the following Windows platforms are supported:

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2012


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.

Where do I go for questions?

There are many ways to contact the icecast development team, best ways are: