Use this guide to quickly start the live interactive video streaming with the Agora Video SDK for Windows.

Sample projects

We provide open-source OpenLive-Windows and OpenLive-Windows-MFC sample projects that implements the basic live interactive video streaming on GitHub. You can download it and view the source code.


  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 or later
  • A Windows device running Windows 7 or later
  • A valid Agora account. (Sign up for free)
Open the specified ports in Firewall Requirements if your network has a firewall.

Set up the development environment

In this section, we will create a Windows project and integrate the SDK into the project.

Create a Windows project

Now, let's build a Windows project from scratch. Skip to Integrate the SDK if a Windows project already exists.

Create a Windows project
  1. Open Microsoft Visual Studio and click Create new project.
  2. On the New Project panel, choose MFC Application as the project type, input the project name, choose the project location, and click OK.
  3. On the MFC Application panel, choose Application type > Dialog based, and click Finish.

Integrate the SDK

Follow these steps to integrate the Agora Video SDK into your project.

1. Configure the project files

  • Go to SDK Downloads, download the latest version of the Agora SDK for Windows, and unzip the downloaded SDK package.

  • Copy the x86 or x86_64 folder of the downloaded SDK package to your project files according to your development environment.

2. Configure the project properties

Right-click the project name in the Solution Explorer window, click Properties to configure the following project properties, and click OK.

  • Go to the C/C++ > General > Additional Include Directories menu, click Edit, and input $(SolutionDir)include in the pop-up window.

  • Go to the Linker > General > Additional Library Directories menu, click Edit, and input $(SolutionDir) in the pop-up window.

  • Go to the Linker > Input > Additional Dependencies menu, click Edit, and input agora_rtc_sdk.lib in the pop-up window.

Implement the basic live interactive streaming

This section introduces how to use the Agora SDK to start the live interactive video streaming. The following figure shows the API call sequence of the live interactive video streaming.

1. Create the UI

Create the user interface (UI) for the interactive video streaming in your project. Skip to Initialize IRtcEngine if you already have a UI in your project.

If you are implementing the interactive video streaming, we recommend adding the following elements into the UI:

  • The view of the host
  • The exit button

When you use the UI setting of the sample project, you can see the following interface:

2. Initialize IRtcEngine

Create and initialize the IRtcEngine object before calling any other Agora APIs.

In this step, you need to use the App ID of your project. Follow these steps to create an Agora project in Console and get an App ID.

  1. Go to Console and click the Project Management icon on the left navigation panel.
  2. Click Create and follow the on-screen instructions to set the project name, choose an authentication mechanism, and Click Submit.
  3. On the Project Management page, find the App ID of your project.

Call the createAgoraRtcEngine method and the initialize method, and pass in the App ID to initialize the IRtcEngine object.

You can also listen for callback events, such as when the local user joins the channel, and when the first video frame of the host is decoded.

// Create the instance.
m_lpRtcEngine = createAgoraRtcEngine();
RtcEngineContext ctx;

// Add the register events and callbacks.
ctx.eventHandler = &m_engineEventHandler;

// Input your App ID.
ctx.appId = "YourAppID";

// Initialize the IRtcEngine object.
// Inherit the events and callbacks of IRtcEngineEventHandler.
class CAGEngineEventHandler :
    public IRtcEngineEventHandler
    void setMainWnd(HWND wnd);
    HWND GetMsgReceiver() {return m_hMainWnd;};

    // Listen for the onJoinChannelSuccess callback.
    // This callback occurs when the local user successfully joins the channel.
    virtual void onJoinChannelSuccess(const char* channel, uid_t uid, int elapsed);

    // Listen for the onLeaveChannel callback.
    // This callback occurs when the local user successfully leaves the channel.
    virtual void onLeaveChannel(const RtcStats& stat);

    // Listen for the onFirstRemoteVideoDecoded callback.
    // This callback occurs when the first video frame of the host is received and decoded after the host successfully joins the channel.
    // You can call the setupRemoteVideo method in this callback to set up the remote video view.
    virtual void onFirstRemoteVideoDecoded(uid_t uid, int width, int height, int elapsed);

    // Listen for the onUserOffline callback.
    // This callback occurs when the remote user leaves the channel or drops offline.
    virtual void onUserOffline(uid_t uid, USER_OFFLINE_REASON_TYPE reason);
    HWND m_hMainWnd;

3. Set the channel profile

After initializing the IRtcEngine object, call the setChannelProfile method to set the channel profile as LIVE_BROADCASTING.

One IRtcEngine object uses one profile only. If you want to switch to another profile, release the current IRtcEngine object with the release method and create a new one before calling the setChannelProfile method.


4. Set the client role

A LIVE_BROADCASTING channel has two client roles: BROADCASTER and AUDIENCE, and the default role is AUDIENCE. After setting the channel profile to LIVE_BROADCASTING, your app may use the following steps to set the client role:

    1. Allow the user to set the role as BROADCASTER or AUDIENCE.
    1. Call the setClientRole method and pass in the client role set by the user.

Note that in the live interactive streaming, only the host can be heard and seen. If you want to switch the client role after joining the channel, call the setClientRole method.

// Set the client role.
BOOL CAgoraObject::SetClientRole(CLIENT_ROLE_TYPE role, LPCSTR lpPermissionKey)
    int nRet = m_lpAgoraEngine->setClientRole(role);
    m_nRoleType = role;
    return nRet == 0 ? TRUE : FALSE;
// Show a dialog box to choose a user role.
void CEnterChannelDlg::OnCbnSelchangeCmbRole()
    int nSel = m_ctrRole.GetCurSel();
    if (nSel == 0)

5. Set the local video view

After setting the channel profile and client role, set the local video view before joining the channel so that the host can see the local video in the interactive streaming. Follow these steps to configure the local video view:

  • Call the enableVideo method to enable the video module.
  • Call the setupLocalVideo method to configure the local video display settings.
// Enable the video module.

// Set the local video view.
VideoCanvas vc;
vc.uid = 0;
vc.view = hVideoWnd;

6. Join a channel

After setting the client role and the local video view, you can call the joinChannel method to join a channel. In this method, set the following parameters:

  • channelName: Specify the channel name that you want to join.

  • token: Pass a token that identifies the role and privilege of the user. You can set it as one of the following values:

    • NULL.
    • A temporary token generated in Console. A temporary token is valid for 24 hours. For details, see Get a Temporary Token.
    • A token generated at the server. This applies to scenarios with high-security requirements. For details, see Generate a token from Your Server.
    If your project has enabled the app certificate, ensure that you provide a token.
  • uid: ID of the local user that is an integer and should be unique. If you set uid as 0, the SDK assigns a user ID for the local user and returns it in the onJoinChannelSuccess callback.

For more details on the parameter settings, see joinChannel.

// For SDKs earlier than v3.0.0, call this method to enable interoperability between the Native SDK and the Web SDK if the Web SDK is in the channel. As of v3.0.0, the Native SDK enables the interoperability with the Web SDK by default.

// Join a channel with a token.
BOOL CAgoraObject::JoinChannel(LPCTSTR lpChannelName, UINT nUID, LPCSTR lpDynamicKey)
    int nRet = 0;
    LPCSTR lpStreamInfo = "{\"owner\":true,\"width\":640,\"height\":480,\"bitrate\":500}";
#ifdef UNICODE
    CHAR szChannelName[128];
    ::WideCharToMultiByte(CP_ACP, 0, lpChannelName, -1, szChannelName, 128, NULL, NULL);
    nRet = m_lpAgoraEngine->joinChannel(lpDynamicKey, szChannelName, lpStreamInfo, nUID);
    nRet = m_lpAgoraEngine->joinChannel(lpDynamicKey, lpChannelName, lpStreamInfo, nUID);
    if (nRet == 0)
        m_strChannelName = lpChannelName;
    return nRet == 0 ? TRUE : FALSE;

7. Set the remote video view

In the interactive video streaming, you should also be able to see all the hosts, regardless of your role. This is achieved by calling the setupRemoteVideo method after joining the channel.

Shortly after a remote host joins the channel, the SDK gets the host's user ID in the onFirstRemoteVideoDecoded callback. Call the setupRemoteVideo method in the callback and pass in the uid to set the video view of the host.

// Listen for the onFirstRemoteVideoDecoded callback.
// This callback occurs when the first video frame of the host is received and decoded after the host successfully joins the channel.
void CAGEngineEventHandler::onFirstRemoteVideoDecoded(uid_t uid, int width, int height, int elapsed)
    lpData->uid = uid;
    lpData->width = width;
    lpData->height = height;
    lpData->elapsed = elapsed;
    if(m_hMainWnd != NULL)
        ::PostMessage(m_hMainWnd, WM_MSGID(EID_FIRST_REMOTE_VIDEO_DECODED), (WPARAM)lpData, 0);
VideoCanvas canvas;
canvas.renderMode = RENDER_MODE_FIT;
POSITION pos = m_listWndInfo.GetHeadPosition();
AGVIDEO_WNDINFO &agvWndInfo = m_listWndInfo.GetNext(pos);
canvas.uid = agvWndInfo.nUID;
canvas.view = m_wndVideo[nIndex].GetSafeHwnd();
agvWndInfo.nIndex = nIndex;

// Set the remote video view.

8. Leave the channel

Call the leaveChannel method to leave the current channel according to your scenario, for example, when the interactive streaming ends, when you need to close the app, or when your app runs in the background.

BOOL CAgoraObject::LeaveCahnnel()
    // Leave the current channel.
    int nRet = m_lpAgoraEngine->leaveChannel();
    m_nSelfUID = 0;
    return nRet == 0 ? TRUE : FALSE;

void CAgoraObject::CloseAgoraObject()
    if(m_lpAgoraEngine != NULL)
        // Release the IRtcEngine object.
    if(m_lpAgoraObject != NULL)
        delete m_lpAgoraObject;
    m_lpAgoraEngine = NULL;
    m_lpAgoraObject = NULL;

Run the project

Run the project on your Windows device. When you set the role as the host and successfully start the interactive video streaming, you can see the video view of yourself in the app. When you set the role as the audience and successfully join the interactive video streaming, you can see the video view of the host in the app.