Owncast v0.0.9 is a smaller release with a handful of tweaks and fixes. There’s not a lot of user-facing changes this time around, but take a look through the below changes and see if there’s anything that might impact you.
One thing that might make your life more convenient going forward is instead of putting in the full video URL /hls/stream.m3u8 when viewing an Owncast stream in an external video player (MPV, Quicktime, VLC) you can just put your root URL to your Owncast server.
Upgrade instructions from 0.0.8
- Stop the service from running. If you’re using a pre-installed image through a hosting provider, or setup Owncast to run under systemd you can probably just simply run
systemctl stop owncast.
- Change to the directory where Owncast is installed on your server.
- If you’ve customized your web interface in any way you will want to back up the files you’ve changed or customized.
- Re-run the installer as the user you run Owncast under. For example if you are running owncast as the user “owncast”:
su -c "curl https://owncast.online/install.sh |bash" owncast
- Restart the service. If you’re running under systemd
systemctl start owncast.
Add support for loading the root owncast URL directly in 3rd party video applications. #1356
Add proper landing page for browsers without the JS support #1139
Create external API to enable sending a message directly to a client instead of publicly #1316
- No longer exit after successful stream key change via the CLI argument #1355
Auto expand the “Utilities” menu item in admin if an Owncast update is available #1299
Increase the sensitivity of the chat rate limiter #1349
Make the emoji directory configurable #1174
Stop logging 404s to the admin logs #1341
Mark viewer as active when downloading an HLS playlist #1343
Simplify where HLS segments live on the filesystem so they always live in
In the admin don’t show the connected client count if we’re not showing a list of the clients #1306
Do not show user joined chat message if user has recently joined #1406
Chat disables when stream ends instead of 5 minutes later #1268
GeoIP support not working with 0.0.8 #1304
Previous display names are not being displayed in the admin user modal #1277
Re-joining chat in the 5min window after disconnect shows the chat as disabled #1311
Set a value for player maxPlaylistRetries in the player #1335
Markdown rendering ends up with excessive spacing with lists #1315
Improve chat auto-scrolling #1324
Fix Windows tests #1376
Fix transcoding error text #1381
Potential local client security problem(s) when pasting DOM elements into chat #1357
Fixed USER_JOINED webhooks to have the correct event type name. #1302
Fix building on FreeBSD #1243
Thank you to our contributors!
The contributors for v0.0.9 were: MFTabriz, unclearParadigm, gabek, RhnSharma, sytranvn and ooa113y. We also thank all of the fantastic people helping out in the Owncast chat answering questions, testing and providing feedback.
Thank you to our financial supporters!
A huge thanks to those giving us to the resources to run servers, have testing environments, host collaboration tools, pay for 3rd party services to test with and the means to experiment with new ideas we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.