WebRTC and ORTC implementation for Python using asyncio
Under BSD 3-Clause "New" or "Revised" License
By aiortc

python webrtc asyncio ortc data-channel webrtc-libraries


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What is aiortc?

aiortc is a library for Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) and
Object Real-Time Communication (ORTC)
in Python. It is built on top of
asyncio, Python's standard asynchronous I/O framework.

The API closely follows its Javascript counterpart while using pythonic

To learn more about aiortc please read the documentation_.

.. _Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC):
.. _Object Real-Time Communication (ORTC):
.. _read the documentation:

Why should I use aiortc?

The main WebRTC and ORTC implementations are either built into web browsers,
or come in the form of native code. While they are extensively battle tested,
their internals are complex and they do not provide Python bindings.
Furthermore they are tightly coupled to a media stack, making it hard to plug
in audio or video processing algorithms.

In contrast, the aiortc implementation is fairly simple and readable. As
such it is a good starting point for programmers wishing to understand how
WebRTC works or tinker with its internals. It is also easy to create innovative
products by leveraging the extensive modules available in the Python ecosystem.
For instance you can build a full server handling both signaling and data
channels or apply computer vision algorithms to video frames using OpenCV.

Furthermore, a lot of effort has gone into writing an extensive test suite for
the aiortc code to ensure best-in-class code quality.

Implementation status

aiortc allows you to exchange audio, video and data channels and
interoperability is regularly tested against both Chrome and Firefox. Here are
some of its features:


Since release 0.9.28 binary wheels are available on PyPI for Linux, Mac and
Windows. The easiest way to install aiortc is to run:

.. code:: bash

pip install aiortc

Building from source

If there are no wheels for your system or if you wish to build aiortc from
source you will need a couple of libraries installed on your system:


On Debian/Ubuntu run:

.. code:: bash

apt install libavdevice-dev libavfilter-dev libopus-dev libvpx-dev pkg-config

pylibsrtp comes with binary wheels for most platforms, but if it needs to be
built from you will also need to run:

.. code:: bash

apt install libsrtp2-dev


On OS X run:

.. code:: bash

brew install ffmpeg opus libvpx pkg-config


aiortc is released under the BSD license_.

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