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Events API

Events in Flussonic

Flussonic has a system of internal events with routing and handling, and convenient and flexible tools to configure it. This page describes how to configure Flussonic to filter and send events, read more details about sessions events.

Events are initiated in different parts of the system and can be used in different scenarios.

To configure event-related settings, add into the Flussonic configuration file a directive notify and the option sink where you define the receiver of events:

  • To use your custom handler, specify the path to the handler in sink.
  • To write event to a log file, specify the path to the file in sink.

Then use various options to filter events before they come to a handler or log.

Table of contents:

Configuring event logging

In addition to the main log, Flussonic allows you to create as many log files as you need and to log events according to your filtering settings.

To write events to a custom file, add the notify directive and use the sink log:// option to specify the file, for example:

notify log_name {
    sink log:///var/log/flussonic/crash.log;
    verbose debug;


  • log_name — just the setting's name. It's good to give it a meaningful name.
  • sink — the file where event information is logged.
  • verbose — the level of logging according to event importance. Can be debug (the most detailed logging), info, alert (only serious events), notice, warning, error, critical.

Excluding events from logs

To exclude some types of events, use the except option. For example, the following configuration will not write to the log all events concerning streams (and write other events, such as Flussonic server events):

notify log_name {
    sink log:///var/log/flussonic/crash.log;
    except media=*;
    verbose debug;

Configuring event handlers

Each event handler can be declared in config:

notify handler_name {
    sink http://backend.local/notify.php;

Such configuration creates an event handler with the name handler_name and it sends all the events to HTTP URL http://backend.local/notify.php.

In this configuration all Flussonic events will be send in JSON format as a list of objects. On a high loaded system it can generate enormous amount of events most of which are not required.

We can reduce event traffic by better configuration:

notify handler_name {
    sink http://backend.local/notify.php;
    only event=stream_started,stream_stopped,source_ready,source_closed;

This configuration will send only four specific events to this handler.

Event handler calls are synchronous: an event will not be sent to the handler if the handler hasn't handled the previous event batch.

The event configuration block supports the following configuration options:

Option Description
sink The specification of the handler. It can be http://URL, https://URL, path_to_lua_script.lua
only The white list of limitations. You can specify several key=value or key=value1,value2 options on each only line. You can filter events by their event field, by media field or any other like country or ip. Usually it is event and media. You should read more explicit explanation of this only behaviour.
except The black list of limitations. Events matched by any of except fields will not be passed to handler.
buffer Not recommended.
sign_key (Extra) You can specify signature key for HTTP event sink. When Flussonic prepares HTTP POST with JSON body, it will add this secret key to the end of the body, making SHA1 hash from it and adding it in hex form as a header X-Signature. This can be used for verifying that it is Flussonic posting events.

All other configuration options in this block will be passed to the specified sink handler. In a LUA script they can be accessed via the args table. When using HTTP backend you pass them along with other parameters.

Event filtering

You can pre-filter events before passing them to handlers. It is a very important mechanism, try to use it, because it reduces the load on your event handler. Each event is prefiltered in the emitter thread before being passed to the handler.

Rules for filtering:

  • if any except directive fully matches event, it is dropped and not sent to handler;
  • if there are no only directives, events are sent to handler;
  • if there are only directive then event is passed to handler if ANY directive fully matches the event.

Full match of an event and a directive means that all key=value pairs in directive are equal to values in event. If a directive has a key=value1,value2,value3 pair, then it means that the event must have any of these values to match this directive.


  • only event=stream_started; matches {event: "stream_started", media: "cbc"}
  • only event=stream_started,stream_stopped; matches {event: "stream_started", media: "cbc"}
  • only event=stream_started,stream_stopped media=tnt; does not match {event: "stream_started", media: "cbc"}
  • only event=stream_started media=cbc group=news; does not match {event: "stream_started", media: "cbc"}

The UI for event logging and filtering

In the UI, go to Config > Events and select event processing options:

DVB options

If the option you need is missing among the boxes, you can set it in Extended.

The list of events

Here is a list of events:

Events Description
config_reloaded Configuration is reloaded.
dvr_mp4_export_aborted MP4 file export from DVR archive has been aborted.
dvr_mp4_export_failed MP4 file export from DVR archive failed.
dvr_mp4_export_ready MP4 file exported successfully from DVR archive.
dvr_mp4_export_start Start of the MP4 file export from DVR archive.
dvr_new_fragment Next fragment of the DVR archive was stored on disk.
dvr_deleted_fragments Outdated fragments were purged from the DVR archive.
dvr_new_blob One-hour interval is opened for storing the video on the DVR archive.
dvr_replication_started DVR replication has started.
dvr_hour_replication_started Replication of a DVR one-hour interval has started.
dvr_hour_replication_done Replication of a DVR one-hour interval is completed.
dvr_replication_progress DVR replication is in progress.
dvr_replication_done DVR replication is completed.
file_opened File is opened.
file_closed File is closed.
frames_timed_out Source of the stream stopped sending frames (but it has not restarted yet).
frames_restored Source of the stream resumes sending frames.
listener_start Flussonic starts listening on specified port.
listener_failure Flussonic failed to listen on a specified port.
play_opened Connection between the server and the client has been opened for the stream playback.
play_connected Connection between the server and the client has been established for the stream playback.
play_started Stream is being played.
play_closed Stream playback stopped and session closed.
push_opened Connection between the server and the client has been opened for pushing the stream.
push_connected Connection between the server and the client has been established for pushing the stream.
push_started Stream is being pushed.
push_closed Stream stopped being pushed and session closed.
reboot_on_upgrade Finishing Flussonic update and restarting.
session_opened Session is opened.
session_closed Session is closed.
server_started Server has started.
source_opened Connection between the server and the client has been opened for publishing the stream or ingesting it.
source_connected Connection between the server and the client is established for publishing the stream or ingesting it.
source_started Stream has received first video frames from an active source (This event is invoked for ingest, publish and file kinds of sources).
source_closed Stream source is considered to be lost.
source_switch Stream has switched to another source.
stream_started Stream has started.
stream_reconfigured Stream configuration was updated.
stream_stop Stream has received the command to stop via API.
stream_media_info Stream attributes (media_info) were changed.
stream_backup Backup file started playing while the source is lost.
stream_jpeg New JPEG thumbnail is generated.
stream_force_close_gop Stream error: invalid timestamps are coming or FPS is too low.
stream_rt_sync Stream timestamps are resynced (this might be the indication of stream errors if happens too often).
stream_broken_source Flussonic failed to read the stream from the source and restarted the stream.
udp_pusher_does_not_fit_cbr Specified costant bitrate value of the pushed UDP stream is too high.
web_request Flussonic DVR bandwidth usage data is being requested.

Examples of configuring email notifications

Let's learn what you can do with events system. For example, let's receive email notifications if a stream is down.

The simplest configuration will be:

notify no_video {
    only event=stream_stopped,source_closed;
    sink /etc/flussonic/no_video.lua;
    to admin@my.cdn;
    via smtp://;

This configuration is enough unless you want to filter streams here.

What no_video.lua can do:

body = "Source lost on following streams: \n"

for _, event in pairs(events) do
    body = body.."  ""\n"

mail.send({from = args.from, to =, subject = "Source lost", body = body})

You need to install the Sendmail utility to send mail correctly:

apt-get install sendmail

Make sure that Sendmail listens on the port specified in the configuration file:

netstat -lntp
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name          
tcp        0      0 *               LISTEN      3507/sendmail

Specify real domain name as the hostname of the server:

Flussonic event system allows setting up notifications on resource consumption and performance issues.

Such events as busy_port, busy_dist_port, long_gc, long_schedule_pid and long_schedule_port are those of the Erlang’s system monitor. Refer to the Erlang documentation for the description, cases when each of them occurs, and what parameters they pass. These events can indicate performance problems.

In Flussonic, all these events belong to the system_overloaded group. The group of events is specified within the group keyword.

Sample configuration:

notify performance_handler {
    sink http://backend.local/notify.php;
    only group=system_overloaded;

In this example, the group=system_overloaded filter passes only the performance problems events to the handler.

Memory usage

The memory_usage event occurs when memory is used exceedingly. The event has the parameters total and used , in bytes. Flussonic sends this event when it uses more than half of all available memory. When the 80% threshold is exceeded, the event is fired with the system_overloaded group.

Reliable delivery of event notifications

To prevent notications loss, you can set up Flussonic for postponed attempts to resend notifications. If the receiving HTTP server or script does not respond, Flussonic accumulates events in a special buffer and periodically retries sending them. When the receiving server responds, Flussonic will send all the accumulated notifications.

For this, specify two options in the configuration file:

notify watcher {
   sink http://backend.local/notify.php;
   resend_notifications_limit 1000;
   resend_notifications_timeout 10;


  • resend_notifications_limit — the number of the most recent events that will be stored in order to retry sending them. Cannot exceed 2000.
  • resend_notifications_timeout — the time interval, in seconds, over which Flussonic will try to send events again.

RTSP stream monitoring

Here is a group of events that signals a corrupted RTSP stream:

Events Description
rtsp_desync audio and video streams are not synchronized
rtsp_resync audio and video streams have been synchronized
rtsp_broken_data Flussonic receives broken data from the camera

Here is how it looks like in the configuration file:

notify media_info {
  sink log:///var/log/flussonic/media_info.log;
  only event=stream_media_info,source_started,source_closed,stream_broken_source,rtsp_resync,rtsp_desync,rtsp_broken_data;
  verbose debug;