Installing Red5 Pro on a Google Cloud Platform Virtual Machine

The following describes the steps in setting up a new Google Cloud Virtual Machine instance. This document assumes that you have already set up Google Cloud compute and the associated SDK for management ( We recommend running Red5 Pro on linux.

Virtual Machine Instance Setup

1. Create Network Profile for Red5Pro Firewall Rules

Create a network profile that contains a firewall rule to make the following ports accessible from anywhere:

Port Description
5080 default web access of Red5 Pro/Websockets for WebRTC TCP
443 modified https access of Red5 Pro; secure websockets for WebRTC TCP
1935 default Red5 Pro RTMP port TCP
8554 default RTSP port TCP
6262 websockets for HLS TCP
8081 websockets for WebRTC (severs earlier than 5.4.0) TCP
40000-65535 TURN/STUN/ICE port range for WebRTC UDP

* If you are running a version of Red5 Pro earlier than 5.4.0, then you must add the websocket ports (8081/8083).

* As of release 5.4.0, websockets automatically use the same ports as http/https as defined in

tcp:5080; tcp:443; tcp:1935; tcp:8554; tcp:8081; tcp:8083; tcp:6262; udp:40000-65535



2. Create Virtual Machine Instance

From Compute Engine, VM, create an Ubuntu 16.04 instance (recommended for the small footprint of the OS, and the stability of this release), using the network you created.

IMPORTANT NOTE: choose Standard Persistent Disk type, instead of the default SSD . We have observed issues with Red5 Pro services starting up on the SSD disk images and with Google's Ubuntu 15 image.


For basic RTMP and RTSP testing, the n1-standard-1 machine type should be sufficient (or n1-standard-2 if you have multiple beta users or are mostly using WebRTC). More details on Google's machine types here

3. Copy Red5 Pro Server to the Instance

Once the instance has spun up, use the Google Cloud SDK to copy the latest version of Red5 Pro server to the instance:

gcloud compute scp red5pro-server*.zip red5pro-image-01:/tmp/

SSH into the server and install java and unzip so that you can set up the server:

gcloud compute ssh red5pro-image-01

4. Install Red5 Pro Server and Dependencies

Follow directions for installing Red5 Pro server on linux