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Icecast is free server software for streaming multimedia.

Icecast 2.3.3 Docs — Table of Contents

Please note: This doc is for an older Icecast version, you can find the latest doc here.


Icecast 2.3.3 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:

A Note About RPMS

This section only applies to you if your operating system uses RPMS.

In order to build icecast, you will need to install the “devel” RPM packages for each of the prerequisite packages in addition to the normal RPMS for each package.

please check the websites for each of the prerequisite packages for appropriate download links for RPMS.


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.