A javascript library for interacting with the C based Janus WebRTC Server

Usage no npm install needed!

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Janus WebRTC Server

Janus is an open source, general purpose, WebRTC server designed and developed by Meetecho. This version of the server is tailored for Linux systems, although it can be compiled for, and installed on, MacOS machines as well. Windows is not supported, but if that's a requirement, Janus is known to work in the "Windows Subsystem for Linux" on Windows 10.

For some online demos and documentations, make sure you pay the project website a visit!

To discuss Janus with us and other users, there's a Google Group called meetecho-janus that you can use. If you encounter bugs, though, please submit an issue on github instead.


To install it, you'll need to satisfy the following dependencies:

  • Jansson
  • libnice (at least v0.1.13 suggested, master recommended)
  • OpenSSL (at least v1.0.1e)
  • libsrtp (at least v1.5 suggested)
  • usrsctp (only needed if you are interested in Data Channels)
  • libmicrohttpd (only needed if you are interested in REST support for the Janus API)
  • libwebsockets (only needed if you are interested in WebSockets support for the Janus API)
  • cmake (only needed if you are interested in WebSockets and/or BoringSSL support, as they make use of it)
  • rabbitmq-c (only needed if you are interested in RabbitMQ support for the Janus API or events)
  • paho.mqtt.c (only needed if you are interested in MQTT support for the Janus API or events)
  • nanomsg (only needed if you are interested in Nanomsg support for the Janus API)
  • libcurl (only needed if you are interested in the TURN REST API support)

A couple of plugins depend on a few more libraries:

  • Sofia-SIP (only needed for the SIP plugin)
  • libopus (only needed for the bridge plugin)
  • libogg (needed for the voicemail plugin and/or post-processor)
  • libcurl (only needed if you are interested in RTSP support in the Streaming plugin or in the sample Event Handler plugin)
  • Lua (only needed for the Lua plugin)

Additionally, you'll need the following libraries and tools:

All of those libraries are usually available on most of the most common distributions. Installing these libraries on a recent Fedora, for instance, is very simple:

yum install libmicrohttpd-devel jansson-devel \
   openssl-devel libsrtp-devel sofia-sip-devel glib-devel \
   opus-devel libogg-devel libcurl-devel lua-devel \
   pkgconfig gengetopt libtool autoconf automake

Notice that you may have to yum install epel-release as well if you're attempting an installation on a CentOS machine instead.

On Ubuntu or Debian, it would require something like this:

aptitude install libmicrohttpd-dev libjansson-dev \
    libssl-dev libsrtp-dev libsofia-sip-ua-dev libglib2.0-dev \
    libopus-dev libogg-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev liblua5.3-dev \
    pkg-config gengetopt libtool automake
  • Note: please notice that libopus may not be available out of the box on Ubuntu or Debian, unless you're using a recent version (e.g., Ubuntu 14.04 LTS). In that case, you'll have to install it manually.

While libnice is typically available in most distros as a package, the version available out of the box in Ubuntu is known to cause problems. As such, we always recommend manually compiling and installing the master version of libnice (or even the experimental patch that optimize its performances). Installation of libnice master is quite straightforward:

git clone https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/libnice/libnice
cd libnice
./configure --prefix=/usr
make && sudo make install
  • Note: Make sure you remove the distro version first, or you'll cause conflicts between the installations. In case you want to keep both for some reason, for custom installations of libnice you can also run pkg-config --cflags --libs nice to make sure Janus can find the right installation. If that fails, you may need to set the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable prior to compiling Janus, e.g., export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/path/to/libnice/lib/pkgconfig

In case you're interested in compiling the sample Event Handler plugin, you'll need to install the development version of libcurl as well (usually libcurl-devel on Fedora/CentOS, libcurl4-openssl-dev on Ubuntu/Debian).

If your distro ships a pre-1.5 version of libsrtp, you'll have to uninstall that version and install 1.5.x, 1.6.x or 2.x manually. In fact, 1.4.x is known to cause several issues with WebRTC. Installation of version 1.5.4 is quite straightforward:

wget https://github.com/cisco/libsrtp/archive/v1.5.4.tar.gz
tar xfv v1.5.4.tar.gz
cd libsrtp-1.5.4
./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-openssl
make shared_library && sudo make install

The instructions for version 2.x are practically the same. Notice that the following steps are for version 2.0.0, but there may be more recent versions available:

wget https://github.com/cisco/libsrtp/archive/v2.0.0.tar.gz
tar xfv v2.0.0.tar.gz
cd libsrtp-2.0.0
./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-openssl
make shared_library && sudo make install

The Janus configure script autodetects which one you have installed and links to the correct library automatically, choosing 2.x if both are installed. If you want 1.5 or 1.6 to be picked, pass --disable-libsrtp2 when configuring Janus to force it to use the older version instead.

  • Note: when installing libsrtp, no matter which version, you may need to pass --libdir=/usr/lib64 to the configure script if you're installing on a x86_64 distribution.

If you want to make use of BoringSSL instead of OpenSSL (e.g., because you want to take advantage of --enable-dtls-settimeout), you'll have to manually install it to a specific location. Use the following steps:

git clone https://boringssl.googlesource.com/boringssl
cd boringssl
# Don't barf on errors
sed -i s/" -Werror"//g CMakeLists.txt
# Build
mkdir -p build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS="-lrt" ..
cd ..
# Install
sudo mkdir -p /opt/boringssl
sudo cp -R include /opt/boringssl/
sudo mkdir -p /opt/boringssl/lib
sudo cp build/ssl/libssl.a /opt/boringssl/lib/
sudo cp build/crypto/libcrypto.a /opt/boringssl/lib/

Once the library is installed, you'll have to pass an additional --enable-boringssl flag to the configure script, as by default Janus will be built assuming OpenSSL will be used. By default, Janus expects BoringSSL to be installed in /opt/boringssl -- if it's installed in another location, pass the path to the configure script as such: --enable-boringssl=/path/to/boringssl If you were using OpenSSL and want to switch to BoringSSL, make sure you also do a make clean in the Janus folder before compiling with the new BoringSSL support. If you enabled BoringSSL support and also want Janus to detect and react to DTLS timeouts with faster retransmissions, then pass --enable-dtls-settimeout to the configure script too.

For what concerns usrsctp, which is needed for Data Channels support, it is usually not available in repositories, so if you're interested in them (support is optional) you'll have to install it manually. It is a pretty easy and standard process:

git clone https://github.com/sctplab/usrsctp
cd usrsctp
./configure --prefix=/usr && make && sudo make install
  • Note: you may need to pass --libdir=/usr/lib64 to the configure script if you're installing on a x86_64 distribution.

The same applies for libwebsockets, which is needed for the optional WebSockets support. If you're interested in supporting WebSockets to control Janus, as an alternative (or replacement) to the default plain HTTP REST API, you'll have to install it manually:

git clone https://libwebsockets.org/repo/libwebsockets
cd libwebsockets
# If you want the stable version of libwebsockets, uncomment the next line
# git checkout v2.4-stable
mkdir build
cd build
# See https://github.com/meetecho/janus-gateway/issues/732 re: LWS_MAX_SMP
make && sudo make install

The same applies for Eclipse Paho MQTT C client library, which is needed for the optional MQTT support. If you're interested in integrating MQTT channels as an alternative (or replacement) to HTTP and/or WebSockets to control Janus, or as a carrier of Janus Events, you can install the latest version with the following steps:

git clone https://github.com/eclipse/paho.mqtt.c.git
cd paho.mqtt.c
make && sudo make install
  • Note: you may want to set up a different install path for the library, to achieve that, replace the last command by 'sudo prefix=/usr make install'.

In case you're interested in Nanomsg support, you'll need to install the related C library. It is usually available as an easily installable package in pretty much all repositories. The following is an example on how to install it on Ubuntu:

aptitude install libnanomsg-dev

Finally, the same can be said for rabbitmq-c as well, which is needed for the optional RabbitMQ support. In fact, several different versions of the library can be found, and the versions usually available in most distribution repositories are not up-do-date with respect to the current state of the development. As such, if you're interested in integrating RabbitMQ queues as an alternative (or replacement) to HTTP and/or WebSockets to control Janus, you can install the latest version with the following steps:

git clone https://github.com/alanxz/rabbitmq-c
cd rabbitmq-c
git submodule init
git submodule update
mkdir build && cd build
make && sudo make install
  • Note: you may need to pass --libdir=/usr/lib64 to the configure script if you're installing on a x86_64 distribution.

To conclude, should you be interested in building the Janus documentation as well, you'll need some additional tools too:

On Fedora:

yum install doxygen graphviz

On Ubuntu/Debian:

aptitude install doxygen graphviz


Once you have installed all the dependencies, get the code:

git clone https://github.com/meetecho/janus-gateway.git
cd janus-gateway

Then just use:

sh autogen.sh

to generate the configure file. After that, configure and compile as usual to start the whole compilation process:

./configure --prefix=/opt/janus
make install

Since Janus requires configuration files for both the core and its modules in order to work, you'll probably also want to install the default configuration files to use, which you can do this way:

make configs

Remember to only do this once, or otherwise a subsequent make configs will overwrite any configuration file you may have modified in themeanwhile.

If you've installed the above libraries but are not interested, for instance, in Data Channels, WebSockets, MQTT and/or RabbitMQ, you can disable them when configuring:

./configure --disable-websockets --disable-data-channels --disable-rabbitmq --disable-mqtt

There are configuration flags for pretty much all external modules and many of the features, so you may want to issue a ./configure --help to dig through the available options. A summary of what's going to be built will always appear after you do a configure, allowing you to double check if what you need and don't need is there.

If Doxygen and graphviz are available, the process can also build the documentation for you. By default the compilation process will not try to build the documentation, so if you instead prefer to build it, use the --enable-docs configuration option:

./configure --enable-docs

You can also selectively enable/disable other features (e.g., specific plugins you don't care about, or whether or not you want to build the recordings post-processor). Use the --help option when configuring for more info.

Building on MacOS

While most of the above instructions will work when compiling Janus on MacOS as well, there are a few aspects to highlight when doing that.

First of all, you can use brew to install most of the dependencies:

brew install jansson libnice openssl srtp libusrsctp libmicrohttpd \
    libwebsockets cmake rabbitmq-c sofia-sip opus libogg curl \
    glib pkg-config gengetopt autoconf automake libtool

For what concerns libwebsockets, though, make sure that the installed version is higher than 2.4.1, or you might encounter the problems described in this post. If brew doesn't provide a more recent version, you'll have to install the library manually.

Notice that you may need to provide a custom prefix and PKG_CONFIG_PATH when configuring Janus as well, e.g.:

./configure --prefix=/usr/local/janus PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/pkgconfig

Everything else works exactly the same way as on Linux.

Configure and start

To start the server, you can use the janus executable. There are several things you can configure, either in a configuration file:


or on the command line:

<installdir>/bin/janus --help

janus 0.5.0

Usage: janus [OPTIONS]...

-h, --help                    Print help and exit
-V, --version                 Print version and exit
-b, --daemon                  Launch Janus in background as a daemon
-p, --pid-file=path           Open the specified PID file when starting Janus
-N, --disable-stdout          Disable stdout based logging  (default=off)
-L, --log-file=path           Log to the specified file (default=stdout only)
-i, --interface=ipaddress     Interface to use (will be the public IP)
-P, --plugins-folder=path     Plugins folder (default=./plugins)
-C, --config=filename         Configuration file to use
-F, --configs-folder=path     Configuration files folder (default=./conf)
-c, --cert-pem=filename       DTLS certificate
-k, --cert-key=filename       DTLS certificate key
-K, --cert-pwd=text           DTLS certificate key passphrase (if needed)
-S, --stun-server=filename    STUN server(:port) to use, if needed (e.g.,
                              Janus behind NAT, default=none)
-1, --nat-1-1=ip              Public IP to put in all host candidates,
                              assuming a 1:1 NAT is in place (e.g., Amazon
                              EC2 instances, default=none)
-E, --ice-enforce-list=list   Comma-separated list of the only interfaces to
                              use for ICE gathering; partial strings are
                              supported (e.g., eth0 or eno1,wlan0,
-X, --ice-ignore-list=list    Comma-separated list of interfaces or IP
                              addresses to ignore for ICE gathering;
                              partial strings are supported (e.g.,
                              vmnet8,, or
                              vmnet,192.168., default=vmnet)
-6, --ipv6-candidates         Whether to enable IPv6 candidates or not
                              (experimental)  (default=off)
-l, --libnice-debug           Whether to enable libnice debugging or not
-f, --full-trickle            Do full-trickle instead of half-trickle
-I, --ice-lite                Whether to enable the ICE Lite mode or not
-T, --ice-tcp                 Whether to enable ICE-TCP or not (warning: only
                              works with ICE Lite)
-R, --rfc-4588                Whether to enable RFC4588 retransmissions
                              support or not  (default=off)
-q, --max-nack-queue=number   Maximum size of the NACK queue (in ms) per user
                              for retransmissions
-t, --no-media-timer=number   Time (in s) that should pass with no media
                              (audio or video) being received before Janus
                              notifies you about this
-r, --rtp-port-range=min-max  Port range to use for RTP/RTCP (only available
                              if the installed libnice supports it)
-n, --server-name=name        Public name of this Janus instance
-s, --session-timeout=number  Session timeout value, in seconds (default=60)
-m, --reclaim-session-timeout=number
                              Reclaim session timeout value, in seconds
-d, --debug-level=1-7         Debug/logging level (0=disable debugging,
                              7=maximum debug level; default=4)
-D, --debug-timestamps        Enable debug/logging timestamps  (default=off)
-o, --disable-colors          Disable color in the logging  (default=off)
-M, --debug-locks             Enable debugging of locks/mutexes (very
                              verbose!)  (default=off)
-a, --apisecret=randomstring  API secret all requests need to pass in order
                              to be accepted by Janus (useful when wrapping
                              Janus API requests in a server, none by
-A, --token-auth              Enable token-based authentication for all
                              requests  (default=off)
-e, --event-handlers          Enable event handlers  (default=off)

Options passed through the command line have the precedence on those specified in the configuration file. To start the server, simply run:


This will start the server, and have it look at the configuration file.

Make sure you have a look at all of the configuration files, to tailor Janus to your specific needs: each configuration file is documented, so it shouldn't be hard to make changes according to your requirements. The repo comes with some defaults (assuming you issues make configs after installing the server) that tend to make sense for generic deployments, and also includes some sample configurations for all the plugins (e.g., web servers to listen on, conference rooms to create, streaming mountpoints to make available at startup, etc.).

To test whether it's working correctly, you can use the demos provided with this package in the html folder: these are exactly the same demos available online on the project website. Just copy the file it contains in a webserver, or use a userspace webserver to serve the files in the html folder (e.g., with php or python), and open the index.html page in either Chrome or Firefox. A list of demo pages exploiting the different plugins will be available. Remember to edit the transport/port details in the demo JavaScript files if you changed any transport-related configuration from its defaults. Besides, the demos refer to the pre-configured plugin resources, so if you add some new resources (e.g., a new videoconference) you may have to tweak the demo pages to actually use them.


Janus is thoroughly documented. You can find the current documentation, automatically generated with Doxygen, on the project website.

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