How do I Publish content to LBRY?
LBRY is a free, open, and community-driven digital marketplace that enables content sharing, monetization, discovery and consumption. Publishing in LBRY is the process of sharing your content on the network. You have the ability to set the price per view (can be free too) which is paid directly to you. This process involves making a "claim" in the LBRY blockchain which will be used to retrieve the content via a URL. Content can either be published anonymously or to a particular channel/identity which groups content in a single location. Both channels and claims require a deposit (bid) of LBRY Credits (LBC) in order to reserve their location on the LBRY network. This deposit will be deducted from your balance as long as the claim is active. See our naming and transaction documentation for more information about claims, bids and transactions.
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How do I Publish content?
Publishbutton in the top right of the screen.
On your local machine, select the content you wish to upload to LBRY. LBRY accepts any HTML5 format for video streaming; the full list can be found here. This means a web-optimized MP4 file is the best format. Other file types can also be uploaded, but won't be streamable via the LBRY app.
Descriptionfor your content.
Thumbnail URLfor your content. The
Thumbnail URLis a hyperlink to an image file which will serve as a preview for your content. It can be any image/GIF URL, or you can use spee.ch to host it. The default pixel size is 800x450, but the app will scale it up/down. Images uploaded directly from your local machine as
Thumbnailwill be uploaded to spee.ch.
Please make sure to check the option for mature audiences if your
Thumbnailis categorized as NSFW (Not Safe For Work). Otherwise just click "Upload".
Price, first, determine if you want to make your content free or set a price (in USD or LBC) per view.
You have the option to select/create the channel you would like to publish the content under. If one isn't selected, it will be posted anonymously.
Type in the URL you want the content to be found under, along with a minimum of 0.0001 LBC deposit for the upload (current limit, may change in the future). If you are trying to outbid a user-friendly/common URL, the system will suggest a minimum bid to take over the content at that vanity URL. There may be a delay for this takeover. Check out the
#contentchannel on our Discord chat to see this information (search for your URL). For more details regarding the URL or bid, check out our naming document.
Next, there are selections for
License. The default values are set as follows: Maturity being unchecked, which means the content is safe for all audiences, Language is set to
English, and the License is set to
None. If a change is needed, click the dropdown menus and select the appropriate choice. Please check the
Mature audience onlyoption if your content is NSFW.
Read and agree to the terms of service.
The file will process in the background and will be added to the LBRY Blockchain. Larger files will take longer to upload depending on your network speed. Please leave LBRY running while your content is in the "pending confirmation" mode. Currently, this page will not automatically refresh. You can continue to use LBRY while the upload completes.
How do I create a Channel?
Open the LBRY app.
Once the application loads, click the
Publishbutton in the top right of the screen.
Select a source file and then in the
Channel Namesection, click on the dropdown menu and select
New Channeland then declare the name you would like for your channel. For more details on different channel types, see our write up on naming.
Once your name is selected, there is a
Depositsection that is below numbered
3. It requires a minimum bid of 0.0001 LBC (see more on deposits here). Please ensure that you have enough LBRY credits in your wallet to cover the bid amount. There is also a small network fee associated with the creation of a channel.
numbered 4once you have entered your bid amount. You now own
lbry://@channelnameyoubidon(the vanity name without a claim id) if you are the highest bidder.
How do I delete my content and reclaim my deposit?
Click My LBRY on the left side of the LBRY app.
Click on the
Select the content you want to remove from LBRY
Remove. If you don't see the remove button, try downloading the content locally again.
There will be two options.
Abandon the claim for this URIand
Delete this file from my computer. Select the option that applies. Abandoning your claim will release the LBC back into your wallet (99% of the time you want to select this).
Warning: Deleting content is permanent. Please make sure this is what you want to do before confirming the deletion.
Remove numbered as
2. If you abandoned your claim, you should see the deposit back in your balance shortly.
How do I edit my existing Published content?
Click on My LBRY the left side of the LBRY app.
Click on the
Select the content you want to update.
You can now edit your claim information. No need to re-select the file if it's the same one.
When you are done, re-confirm that you agree to the terms of service and click
Can someone tip me for my content?
Yes, check out how tipping in LBRY works by going here.
Can I increase my bid amount?
Yes, the claim can be edited to increase the bid amount. Go into your published claim and click Edit. Then on the bid screen, enter your desired bid. Confirm everything else is correct and click Edit. An update will be created with your new LBC bid for this claim.
How can I tell if someone is downloading my content?
Currently, this is only possible if you set a price for your content - you will see transactions in your LBRY wallet as people purchase it. In the future, we will add these types of statistics to LBRY.
My video doesn't stream in the app, what's wrong?
The in-app video player's streaming capabilities are limited to MP4 files which are web-optimized (metadata is contained at the front of the file). If it's not web-optimized, the MP4 file will still play in the app, but the entire file will need to be downloaded first. AVI/WMV/MOV file formats are also not supported by the in-app player. They can be shared/downloaded but will need to be played externally.
I shared my URL, but others can't download it. What's going on?
Since LBRY is a Peer-to-Peer network, it requires that your device is accessible to the internet. LBRY also runs servers to assist in content hosting, but this process may fail if your device cannot send it to us. By default, the TCP sharing port is set to 3333. If your network is properly configured and LBRY is running, a port status check on TCP Port 3333 should pass on this port checking tool. If it fails, you can check if UPnP is enabled on your router or forward TCP port 3333 manually. If you need assistance, check out the help page on how to reach us.
Where is my Channel and content saved locally?
Channels and content claims are saved to your LBRY Wallet along with your LBRY Credits. When creating new channels or content, it's a good practice to backup your wallet afterwards.
How and where can I share my content?
LBRY URLs can be shared with anyone, but they will require the LBRY app in order to view the content. If the content is free and public, it can be retrieved through spee.ch by going to https://spee.ch/
#publishers channel on Discord where we have a vibrant community with thousands of users.
I'm an advanced user, is there more I can poke around with?
Advanced users can check out the API/CLI documentation for command line / API options.
I'm confused and need some assistance, can you help?
Of course, we are always here to help! Check out our help page on how to reach us.