How to create new Red5 0.8 Application on CentOS

In this tutorial we will know how to create a simple Red5 Application. Which you can modify the codes ang also easly change the application.

In addition, you can also learn how red5 works and also how to use shared objects.

Step 1: Go to root directory where you install Red5.

# cd /usr/local/red5

This is the root folder of Red5. Go to your dist folder if you installed the svn version of red5,
if not you can go directly go to your webapps folder.

# cd /usr/local/red5/dist/webapp

Step 2: Creating your new application.

# mkdir -p myapp/WEB-INF

myapp is the name of our new application. The folder WEB-INF is created because this is where you put youre classes and libraries, and this also the folder which the red5 is looking on every applications.

Step 3: Creating files inside WEB-INF.

Go to your new applications WEB-INF

# cd /usr/local/red5/dist/webapps/myapp/WEB-INF

You will need 5 files inside WEB-INF.
Create this files using touch command. (example: # touch web.xml)
Files: web.xml, red5-web.xml,,, build.xml

a) web.xml: This is the first file that your Jetty/Tomcat Servlet engine will read. The parameter webAppRootKey defines the application context of your application.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”ISO-8859-1″?>
<display-name>Red 5 JAVA Concepts</display-name>

b) red5-web.xml: This config file is used to configure and load your scope/context handler, your virtual-host configuration and your very own application.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<bean id=”placeholderConfig”>
<property name=”location” value=”/WEB-INF/” />
<bean id=”web.context”
autowire=”byType” />
<bean id=”web.scope”
<property name=”server” ref=”red5.server” />
<property name=”parent” ref=”global.scope” />
<property name=”context” ref=”web.context” />
<property name=”handler” ref=”web.handler” />
<property name=”contextPath” value=”${webapp.contextPath}” />
<property name=”virtualHosts” value=”${webapp.virtualHosts}” />
<bean id=”web.handler”
singleton=”true” />

c) This file is imported into the red5-web.xml file. Use this file for items that often change within your configuration eg the contextPath (ie name of your application scope) or virtualHosts directives (which might change from one hosted service to another).


d) This is used to configure the logging properties of your application by using the log4j libraries.

In your class you will retreive the log by using:
protected static Log log = \

You can obtain a template of these files from within the red5 server folder by going to doc/templates/myapp/WEB-INF

e) build.xml: This is the file that we will use to compile our application before restarting red5.

<project name=”myapp” default=”compile” basedir=”.”>
<target name=”clean” description=”Clean output directories”>
<target name=”compile” depends=”clean”>
<javac srcdir=”./src” destdir=”./classes” source=”1.6″ classpath=”/usr/local/red5/red5.jar” >
<target name = “jar” depends =”compile”>
<echo message =”Creating jar…”/>
<jar destfile=”./lib/myapp.jar” basedir=”./classes”/>
<echo message =”Done.”/>

Step 4: Creating folders inside WEB-INF
You will need 3 folders. /classes for your classes folder, /lib for your libraries and /src for the source.

# mkdir /classes /lib /src

Step 5: Creating the is the source file for your Application.class

Create file named inside /src

Copy this codes to your

package org.red5.server.webapp.myapp;
import org.red5.server.api.*;
import java.util.*;
import org.red5.server.adapter.ApplicationAdapter;
public class Application extends ApplicationAdapter {
public boolean appStart(IScope room) {
System.out.println(“Hello World”);
return true;

Step 5: Creating MANIFEST.MF
This use for the jar file needed for your new application. Class path is targeted to red5.jar on your red5 root.
See also. About JAR

Create file named MANIFEST.MF inside /src

Copy this codes to your MANIFEST.MF

Manifest-Version: 1.0
Ant-Version: Apache Ant 1.7
Created-By: 1.5.0_06-b05 (Sun Microsystems Inc.)
Class-Path: ../../../../red5.jar

Step 6: Compiling and Making JAR for you’re new Application.

Go to your WEB-INF folder where build.xml is located.
Compile your
# ant compile

Make a JAR for your new Application
# ant jar

And Now restart your Red5 Server.
You can see Hello World in the bottom, where your application was launched by Red5.

Congratulations, You have made your new Application.

For more questions and info, feel free to ask.

See also.  how-to-install-red5-version-0-8-on-centos

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