The Gst-nvdsudpsink plugin is a sink type component which can be used to transmit the RTP packets over IP network. Internally, the plugin uses Rivermax SDK APIs for network communications. NVIDIA Mellanox Rivermax® offers a unique IP-based solution for any media and data streaming use case. For more details see the Rivermax Product Page.

  • Rivermax utilizes the kernel bypass technology and RDMA capabilities to achieve better CPU performance, low latency, and higher bandwidth.

  • Rivermax SDK provides two types of APIs for transmission – Media and Generic. This component has support for both the APIs. By default, it uses Generic APIs and can transmit any type of payload (Compressed, Uncompressed, audio etc.).

  • Rivermax media APIs are used for specific case of SMPTE 2110-20, 30, 40 streams. This component supports SMPTE 2110-20 (non-interlaced) and SMPTE 2110-30 streams with traffic shaping.

  • Rivermax media API mode can be enabled by setting sdp-file property of the component. For uncompressed video streams with media API, packets-per-line and payload-size properties along with sdp-file must be set. Similarly, value of mtu property of payload component must be same as payload-size of nvdsudpsink.

  • For uncompressed audio streams with media API, max-ptime and ptime-multiple properties of payload component must be set.

Payload size and packets per line for some of common formats

To calculate the payload size and packets per line, use the following steps:

  1. Calculate line stride as follows:

    line stride = (width * pgroup size) / pgroup coverage
  2. Divide this stride into number of packets having equal bytes. This will be value of packet-per-line.

  3. Add 20 bytes to size of each packet calculated in step 2 for RTP + Payload header. This will be value for payload-size.


    It is assumed that there is only single Sample Row Data per RTP packet and line stride is equally divisible.

Following are values for some of the common formats:

YCbCr-4:2:2 1920x1080 8 bit:  payload-size:1300, packets-per-line:3
YCbCr-4:2:2 1920x1080 10 bit: payload-size:1220, packets-per-line:4
YCbCr-4:2:0 1920x1080 8 bit:  payload-size:1460, packets-per-line:2
YCbCr-4:2:0 1920x1080 10 bit: payload-size:1220, packets-per-line:3
RGB 1920x1080 8 bit:  payload-size:1460, packets-per-line:4
RGB 1920x1080 10 bit: payload-size:1220, packets-per-line:6

Refer to the SMPTE ST 2110-20:2017 for more information.

System can also have Gstreamer provided OSS implementation of udp sink (udpsink) component. In that case system would have two implementations for udp sink - udpsink and nvdsudpsink. nvdsudpsink component can only be used with NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-5 and above cards after having installed Rivermax SDK and its license.

  • Download and setup the Rivermax 1.11.x SDK here:

  • Follow the instruction on the SDK page to obtain development license for Rivermax or purchase it here:

  • To select nvdsudpsink out of two installations, use either LOCAL_IFACE_IP environment variable or local-iface-ip property. Use the command below to export the environment variable:

    export LOCAL_IFACE_IP=<IP of Mellanox NIC>
  • nvdsudpsink component also requires CAP_NET_RAW capability. Either run the application that uses nvdsudpsink component with superuser privilege or set the CAP_NET_RAW capabilities using the following command.

    sudo setcap CAP_NET_RAW=ep <absolute path of application>

For example:

sudo setcap CAP_NET_RAW=ep /opt/nvidia/deepstream/deepstream/bin/deepstream-app

sudo setcap CAP_NET_RAW=ep /usr/bin/gst-launch-1.0

Inputs and Outputs

  • Inputs

    • GstBufferList having RTP packets as buffer content.

  • Control parameters

    • LOCAL_IFACE_IP ENV flag or local-iface-ip property

    • host

    • port

    • chunk-size

    • packets-per-chunk

    • payload-size

    • sdp-file

    • packets-per-line

    • internal-thread-core

  • Output

    • None


The following table summarizes the features of the plugin.

Gst-nvdsudpsink plugin features




Supports Rivermax Generic and Media APIs

By default, it supports generic APIs, but media API can be enabled by setting sdp-file property.

DS 6.1

Supports any type of RTP packet (Compressed, Uncompressed, audio etc.) with Generic APIs

No restriction on content of RTP payload in case of Generic APIs.

DS 6.1

Supports RTCP packets,In addition to RTP

RTCP packets can also be transmitted.

DS 6.1

Traffic shaping in case of Uncompressed streams (video and audio)

By using Rivermax media APIs,packet pacing can be enabled for uncompressed video and audio streams.

DS 6.1

Supports SMPTE 2110-20 (Only progressive video)

Uncompressed SMPTE 2110-20 (non-interlaced) streams with packet pacing is supported through Rivermax media APIs.

DS 6.1

Supports SMPTE 2110-30

Uncompressed SMPTE 2110-30 stream with packet pacing is supported through Rivermax media APIs.

DS 6.1

Gst Properties

The following table describes the Gst-nvdsudpsink plugin’s Gst properties.

Gst-nvdsudpsink plugin gst properties



Type and Range

Example / Notes



The port number to send the RTP packets to

Integer, 0 to 65535


dGPU Jetson


Unicast / Multicast address to send the packets



dGPU Jetson


Number of chunks to allocate in case of generic APIs

Integer, 1 to 65535


dGPU Jetson


Number of packets per chunk

Integer, 1 to 65535


dGPU Jetson


Size of payload in RTP packet

Integer, 0 to 65535


dGPU Jetson


Number of packets per line in case of media APIs

Integer, 1 to 65535


dGPU Jetson


Path to SDP file, to enable the use of Rivermax media APIs



dGPU Jetson


IP Address associated with network interface through which to transmit the data



dGPU Jetson


CPU core to run Rivermax internal thread

Integer, -1 to 1023


dGPU Jetson

Example pipelines

  • Pipeline to transmit 24 bit 2 channel 48k audio stream using Rivermax media API:

    gst-launch-1.0 audiotestsrc wave=8 ! 'audio/x-raw, format=(string)S24BE, rate=48000, channels=2, payload=(int)97' ! rtpL24pay ptime-multiple=1000000 max-ptime=1000000 seqnum-offset=0 pt=97 ! nvdsudpsink host=<ip address> port=<port number> local-iface-ip=<ip addr of Mellanox NIC> sdp-file=<sdp file> internal-thread-core=4 -v --gst-debug=3
  • Pipeline to transmit 10bit YUV 4:2:2 1080p30 video stream using Rivermax media API:

    gst-launch-1.0 videotestsrc ! 'video/x-raw, width=1920, height=1080, format=(string)UYVP, framerate=30/1' ! queue ! rtpvrawpay mtu=1220 ! nvdsudpsink host=<ip address> port=<port number> local-iface-ip=<ip addr of Mellanox NIC> payload-size=1220 packets-per-line=4 sdp-file=<sdp file> -v --gst-debug=3