Install Red5 on Debian

Latest versions installed with this tutorial:
Red5 1.0.0 RC2
Java 1.6.0_26
Ant 1.8.4

At least Debian 5 (Lenny) required:
cat /etc/debian_version

Checkout release:
cat /proc/version
uname -a
cat /etc/issue
cat /etc/debian_version

Make sure system can find all require dependencies from /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb squeeze/updates main
deb-src squeeze/updates main
deb stable main non-free contrib
deb squeeze-updates main
deb-src squeeze-updates main
Comment any cd references with # if distribution cd is not inserted.

If system is not in English, enable that:
dpkg-reconfigure locales
export LANG=en_US.UTF-8

Update /etc/enviroment

You may need to reboot.


apt-get update

Install Subversion:
apt-get -y install subversion

Install tools to build your own Debian packages:
apt-get -y install dpkg-dev debhelper dh-make devscripts fakeroot

Install Java (accept sun license if applies):
apt-get -y install java-package
apt-get -y install sun-java6-jre
apt-get -y install sun-java6-jdk
java -version

Install Apache Ant:
tar zxvf apache-ant-1.8.4-bin.tar.gz
mv apache-ant-1.8.4 /usr/local/ant
export ANT_HOME=/usr/local/ant
/usr/local/ant/bin/ant -version

Download the latest development version of Red5:
svn co red5-trunk

Run ant to build red5:
cd red5-trunk

Deploy red5:
mkdir /usr/local/red5
cp -R dist/* /usr/local/red5/
cd /usr/local/red5
chmod 755

Deploy your custom apps in/usr/local/red5/webapps .
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Start Red5 in background:
cd /usr/local/red5
./ >> red5.log &

Verify the correct ports are being bound to:
netstat -ant


You need to restart red5 each time you add webapps to /usr/local/red5/webapps or change configuration or restart server.

Close Red5:
cd /usr/local/red5

Or kill Red5 processes:
ps aux | grep red5
kill $process_id

Then start it again:
cd /usr/local/red5
./ >> red5.log &


Can also deploy it as service to start automatically on server boot:

vi /etc/init.d/red5

#! /bin/sh
# put these contents at: /etc/init.d/red5
# change red5 directory path below as necessary

echo “Starting Red5 Service”
sudo su root -c “cd $RED5_DIR; ./ > /var/log/red5.log &”

echo “Shutting down red5”
sudo su root -c ‘killall red5 java’

case “$1” in
echo “Usage: {start|stop|restart}”
exit 1
exit $?

chmod +x /etc/init.d/red5

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