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Version: 4.0

Edge Server

SRS edge dedicates to support huge players for a small set of streams.

Note: The edge server need to serve many clients, the SRS performance is ok.

Use Scenarios for Edge:

  • CDN/VDN RTMP cluster, for many clients to upload(publish) or download(play).
  • Small cluster, but many clients to publish. Forward is not ok for all stream is forwarded, while edge is ok for it only fetch when user play the specified stream.
  • The BGP server is costly, while the edge is cheap. Use multiple levels edge to ensure the BGP server low bandwidth.

Note: Edge can fetch stream from or push stream to origin. When user play a stream on edge, edge will fetch from origin. When user publish stream to edge, edge will push to origin.

Note: Always use Edge, except you actually know the forward. The forward will always forward stream to multiple servers; while the edge only fetch or push stream to a server and switch to next when error.


When a vhost set mode to remote, the vhost in server is edge. When a vhost set mode to local, the vhost in server is origin. Edge is used to cache the stream of origin.

When user publish stream to the edge server, edge will forward the stream to origin. For example, the origin server is in beijing, a user at shanghai needs to pubish stream to origin server, we can add a edge server at shanghai, when user publish stream to shanghai edge server, the edge server will forward stream to beijing.

When user play the stream on edge, edge will fetch from origin when it has not cache it yet. When edge already cached the stream, edge will directly delivery stream to client. That is, when many clients connect to edge, there is only one connection to origin for each stream. This is the CDN(content delivery network). For example, the origin server is at beijing, there are 320 edge servers on other provience, each edge server serves 2000 clients. There are 640,000 users play this stream, and the bandwidth of CDN consumed 640Gbps; the origin server only serves 320 connections from all edge servers.

The edge server is design for huge cluster. Futhermore, the SRS edge can config with multiple origin servers, SRS will switch to next when current origin server crash, and the end user never disconnect when edge switch origin server.


Config the edge in vhost:

vhost __defaultVhost__ {
# The config for cluster.
cluster {
# The cluster mode, local or remote.
# local: It's an origin server, serve streams itself.
# remote: It's an edge server, fetch or push stream to origin server.
# default: local
mode remote;

# For edge(mode remote), user must specifies the origin server
# format as: <server_name|ip>[:port]
# @remark user can specifies multiple origin for error backup, by space,
# for example,
origin localhost:1935;

# For edge(mode remote), whether open the token traverse mode,
# if token traverse on, all connections of edge will forward to origin to check(auth),
# it's very important for the edge to do the token auth.
# the better way is use http callback to do the token auth by the edge,
# but if user prefer origin check(auth), the token_traverse if better solution.
# default: off
token_traverse off;

# For edge(mode remote), the vhost to transform for edge,
# to fetch from the specified vhost at origin,
# if not specified, use the current vhost of edge in origin, the variable [vhost].
# default: [vhost]

# For edge(mode remote), when upnode(forward to, edge push to, edge pull from) is srs,
# it's strongly recommend to open the debug_srs_upnode,
# when connect to upnode, it will take the debug info,
# for example, the id, source id, pid.
# please see
# default: on
debug_srs_upnode on;

The origin can specifies multiple servers.


The example below specifies how to config a origin and edge.

The config of origin, see origin.conf:

listen              19350;
pid objs/;
srs_log_file ./objs/origin.log;
vhost __defaultVhost__ {

The config of edge, see edge.conf:

listen              1935;
pid objs/;
srs_log_file ./objs/edge.log;
vhost __defaultVhost__ {
cluster {
mode remote;

HLS Edge​

The edge is for RTMP, that is, when publish stream to origin, only origin server output the HLS, all edge server never output HLS util client access the RTMP stream on edge.

That is, never config HLS on edge server, it's no use. The HLS delivery must use squid or traffic server to cache the HTTP origin server.

Transform Vhost​

The design of CDN stream system, always use up.xxxx and down.xxxx to operate them, for example, user publish to cdn by host and play by

SRS can config the edge mode to transform the host to origin, use the config vhost for up edge server.

For more information, read the config of edge server.

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