Linux Distributions (Linux apt/yum Installer)

Running EMS as a service:

# service evostreamms start


# service evostreamms start_console

What’s the difference? If you run EMS using start_console, it will show logs on the console where you run the EMS. Starting it with start will not show logs in the console.

You can also do restart by sending:

# service evostreamms restart

Linux, Mac OSX and BSD Distributions (.tar.gz Distribution)

There are two “run” scripts that can be used to start the EvoStream Media Server, just locate the ./bin folder of EMS and execute the command:

  1. Run EMS with console logs, using ./config/config.lua as the main server configuration.

     $ ./
  2. Run EMS as a background process. The script will attempt to assign the run-process to the user evostream.

     $ ./


  • Either command can be directly executed.

  • For, if the evostream user does not exist, an error will be printed to the screen. Despite the error, the EMS will probably have been started. To check if the server is running, user can issue ps –e | grep evo in terminal. You should see:

    user@ubuntu:~$ ps –e|grep evo
    10727 pts/4 00:00:22 evostreamms
    10728 pts/4 00:00:05 evo-node (for webserver)
    10729 pts/4 00:00:00 evo-node (for webui)
    10730 pts/4 00:00:00 evo-node (for webservices)

This command will print differently on different operating systems, but it should let you know that the server is running.

  • The user used by can easily be modified by changing the value after the -u in the script itself.
  • The user running the EvoStream Media Server must have sufficient permission to open and bind to network ports.

Windows Distribution

The EMS may be started using the Windows Services tool in Windows.

Via Service


It is needed to add EMS into your Window’s registry to enable the use of service.

  1. Open a command prompt

  2. Locate the services folder: C:\EvoStream\services\ems

  3. Send command: create.bat

    C:\EvoStream\services\ems> create.bat

    Note: You can also double click the batch file to run

  4. A confirmation will be asked, click Yes

  1. EMS keys are now registered! Click OK

  1. Verify the registration by checking in Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services

Starting the Service

  1. Open a command prompt

  2. Locate the services folder: C:\EvoStream\services\ems

  3. Send command: start.bat

    This will start the service if it has not already been started


  • Call stop.bat to stop the running EMS service
  • Use the remove.bat command if you opt to remove EMS in the registry

Via Shortcut Icon

User may directly run the EMS using the shortcut icon if added during installation

This will open a console running EMS.

The shortcut icon calls the run_console_ems.bat. You may also run this executable found in the installed EMS. Simply double-click to start the server. This script simply runs the Media Server through the command prompt, using config/config.lua as the main server configuration.


Startup Success

For either Windows or Linux/BSD/OSX, when you run the EMS as a console application, you should see the following screen indicating the server is up and running:

Tip! A successful EMS start will show GO! GO! GO! in console.

To check running applications, open the Task Manager and you should see:

evo-node.exe    (for webserver)
evo-node.exe    (for webui)
evo-node.exe    (for webservices)

EMS Command Line Definition

The evostreamms executable can be run with a few different options. The command line signature is as follows:

Format: evostreamms [OPTIONS][config_file_path]

Command Function
–help Prints this help and exit.
–version Prints the version and exit.
–use-implicit-console-appender Adds extra logging at runtime, but is only effective when the server is started as a console application. This is particularly useful when the server starts and stops immediately for an unknown reason. It will allow you users to see if something is wrong, particularly with the config file.
–daemon Overrides the daemon setting inside the config file and forces the server to start in daemon mode.
–uid= Run the process with the specified user id.
–gid= Run the process with the specified group id.
–pid=<pid_file> Create PID file. Works only if –daemon option is specified.


  • Starting EMS will also start the following:

    • EMS Web Server
    • EMS Web UI
    • EMS Webservices
  • You can configure the startup processes in config.lua