Frequently Asked Questions
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.
If you are a YouTube Sync user, please make sure to read our FAQ on how this process works. you should only continue to create a channel or publish if you wish to experiment with the app.
Please note: To edit your channel currently, you need to be on the latest LBRY Desktop app and access your channel by clicking it from your Publishes page. Once you do this, you'll see an edit icon next to the name. See below for exact steps. We'll be improving this experience over the coming weeks.
If you don't have LBRY yet, download it here.
How do I Publish content?
Click on the Account/LBC balance showing at the top right of the app. You will get a dropdown, select
Publishfrom the menu.
On your local machine, select the content you wish to upload to LBRY. For video content, LBRY works best with MP4 files in H264/AAC format which support proper streaming. Besides videos, other popular formats supported are MP3s, text documents like markdown (md)/HTML, PDF, CSV, and comic books (cbr, cbz). In the future, the in app player may support additional formats.
Other file types can also be uploaded, but won't be streamable via the LBRY app directly. They can be opened externally for viewing.
Descriptionfor your content. Click on advanced Editor if you will like to add some markdown text otherwise leave it as default and put your title and description.
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".
Next you can add tags to your content which will help categorize it for discovery purposes. If it's intended for mature audiences, please add the pink
maturetag. Next, determine any other tags that relate to the content you are publishing. Please be mindful of accuracy when tagging content as this is currently up to the publisher only and cannot be edited. If incorrect/inappropriate tags are used, your content may be filtered to provide a better user experience. In the future, this will be done through community voting and building a web of trust.
You have the option to select/create the channel you would like to publish the content under. If no channel is selected, it will be posted anonymously.
Type in the URL you want the content to be found under, along with a minimum of 0.00000001 LBC deposit for the upload (default amount is higher due to publishing fees). 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. Making your bid higher will result in (better discovery)[https://lbry.com/faq/trending) for your content. For more details regarding the URL or bid, check out our naming document.
Price, first, determine if you want to make your content free or set a price (in USD or LBC) per view.
- Next, there is
Additional Optionwhich gives you an option to select language and license. Default 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 review our terms of service before publishing terms of service
The file will process in the background and will be added to the LBRY Blockchain. Please leave LBRY running while your content is in the "pending confirmation" mode. This page will automatically refresh and you will be notified when the publish is completed. After this, your content will be available to other LBRY users. However, it is a good idea to leave LBRY open for a while after this to make sure the app is able to share your file to at least one peer on the data network. Larger files will take longer to upload depending on your network speed.
You can continue to use LBRY while the upload completes.
How do I create a Channel?
Open the LBRY app.
Click on the LBC balance showing at the top right of the app. You will get a dropdow, select
Publishfrom the menu.
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. 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.
Create Channelonce 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 customize my Channel?
First, you need to access your channel from your Publishes page by clicking on it.
You will now see an edit button next to the name. Click the button to proceed to the edit page.
You can now upload your thumbnail and cover image to spee.ch using the upload option from the dropdown on the left, or you can use an existing URL. If using spee.ch select the file, then click the upload button. The page will update once a valid URL is available.
Add your title, deposit (can stay the same, higher helps with discovery), website, email, description, and tags.
How do I delete my content and reclaim my deposit?
Click on the
Publishestab from the rightside of the app.
Select the content you want to remove from LBRY
Click on the
Deleteicon. If the delete icon does not respond, try downloading the content locally and try again.
There will be two options.
Delete this file from my computerand
Abandon the claim for this URI. 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. 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 the
Publishestab from the rightside of the app.
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 or has the same url.
When you are done, click
Where is my content stored and shared from?
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 or you can also send a Support to your own content. The Support button will appear instead of the tip button for your own claims. See the FAQ to learn more.
How can I tell if someone is downloading my content?
The LBRY app now has view counts for your published content. In the future, we will add more of these types of statistics to LBRY.
My video doesn't stream in the app, what's wrong?
The in-app video player's streaming capability works best with the H264/AAC format, typically in a MP4 container but others like M4V will also work. Other non-streaming video types like AVI/WMV/MOV file formats are not supported by the in-app player, but they can be shared/downloaded and will play outside of the app.
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 or if you didn't wait long enough after the initial publish. 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 - users can view it in their Desktop app or on beta.lbry.tv (see Share button in app). If the content is free and public, it can also 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/SDK 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.
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