Manim Livestream

This plugin is designed to enable livestreaming support for Manim.


Works like other packages, so pip will do fine

pip install manim-livestream


  • Run the following command:
python -m manim_livestream

This loads a python shell along with the usage information:

Manim is now running in streaming mode. Stream animations by passing
them to, e.g.

>>> c = Circle()

The current streaming class under the name `manim` inherits from the
original Scene class. To create a streaming class which inherits from
another scene class, e.g. MovingCameraScene, create it with the syntax:

>>> self2 = get_streamer(MovingCameraScene)

To view an image of the current state of the scene or mobject, use:

>>> self.show_frame()        # view image of current scene
>>> c = Circle()
>>>                 # view image of Mobject

  • Config parameters in the command line carry over to manim's internal framework. For example:
python -m manim_livestream -v WARNING


>>> config.verbosity
  • IPython is an option:
python -m manim_livestream --use-ipython


Python 3.9.2 (tags/v3.9.2:1a79785, Feb 19 2021, 13:44:55) [MSC v.1928 64 bit (AMD64)]
Type 'copyright', 'credits' or 'license' for more information
IPython 7.23.0 -- An enhanced Interactive Python. Type '?' for help.

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  • Simple ways exist for simpler actions:
Python 3.9.2 (tags/v3.9.2:1a79785, Feb 19 2021, 13:44:55) [MSC v.1928 64 bit (AMD64)] on win32
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

>>> from manim_livestream import stream
>>> from manim import Circle, ShowCreation
>>> self = stream()
>>> circ = Circle()
  • You want scenes present in files? Here you go:
python -m manim_livestream example_scenes/
Manim Community v0.6.0

1: OpeningManim
2: SquareToCircle
3: UpdatersExample
4: WarpSquare
5: WriteStuff

Choose number corresponding to desired scene/arguments.
(Use comma separated list for multiple entries)
Choice(s): 2

This particular one will render the scene and send the frames to the streaming protocol.

Potential problems

  • Last 2 or 3 frames don't get sent? Close the window and restart it with open_client()
  • The entire thing freezes? Close the window and restart it with open_client()
  • Using any other streaming protocol? As of yet, not a great plan. From experimentation rtp seems the most stable. However the streaming port shouldn't be too hard to modify.

License and contribution

The code is released as Free Software under the GNU/GPLv3 license. Copying, adapting and republishing it is not only consent but also encouraged, particularly surrounding the subject of tests for the framework.


As long as the way Manim interprets scene compilation remains static, this library can easily be used with any manim>=0.6.0(as far as I know).