I'm looking for a program that simulates a webcam under Linux, so I can broadcast a video file through my webcam, e.g. in Skype. I'd prefer a way to do this through the terminal, but GUI applications are acceptable if that's all there is.

Webcam Studio used to be an option, but the website appears to be down, and the only information I can find says it's Ubuntu only (which doesn't make sense to me). I use Debian Linux with dwm.

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WS4GL, aka Webcam Studio, had moved to Google Code, but since that is shutting down, the project is now hosted on Sourceforge. The last update there is from 2015-09-28. The last import on Ubuntu Launchpad was on 2015-10-15, so it seems to be active.

I don't think it's for Ubuntu only, since you'll find Debian packages as well.

It it licensed under GPL3.

  • it's also avaliable in ppa: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webcamstudio/webcamstudio-dailybuilds, sudo apt-get update, apt-get install webcamstudio
    – vladkras
    Feb 14, 2017 at 9:35

There are several programs that provide this functionality. Webcamoid is a cross-platform option that supports "virtual cameras" which is what you're looking for.

Similarly, OBS Studio, combined with the obs-v4l2sink plugin, can emulate much of the functionality that OBS Virtual Cam can provide (quite well, in my experience) on Windows.

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