Hikvision RTSP Format [ RTSP URL ]

If you are a Hikvision user, whether it be an IP camera or recorder, you can use an RTPS protocol to live-stream your footage. Want to learn more? This article will cover the Hikvision RTSP URL Address Format.

Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) is a real-time network shortcut for streaming footage, and video live. It sends live audio or video from one device to the next.

Please read this article and watch the video (by the end of the article) to learn how to get the RTSP URL for Hikvision cameras.

Hikvision RTPS URL Address Format

Hikvision RTSP URL Address Format

Think of the following as a recipe and its ingredients. I will give you what you need to input into the URL, and you will add your personal information.


The format recipe is:

rtsp:// [USER] : [PASS] @ [ADDRESS] : [RTSP PORT] /Streaming/Channels/ [CH] 0 [STREAM TYPE]


You will need to input the following in the recipe above:


The user refers to the username you use to access your Hikvision camera or recorder.


The password used to access the log-in for the camera or recorder.


The DDNS name of your device or the IP address/ domain on your device. If you need to learn how to find the IP address of a camera, check out the article for more help!

[RTSP port]

This refers to the RTSP port on your device. The default number is usually 554.


The channel number you want to connect to

[Stream Type]

Choose from the following:

0: Used for the mainstream and provides the highest resolution.

1: Substream, which is generally faster but with lower resolution


Below I will show you some examples of Hikvision RTPS URL Address Format so that you can gain a better understanding of them.

External IP addresses

For this example, we will pretend that the device’s local IP is and its RTSP port is 554. Thus its the format is as follows:





Local IP addresses

For this example, we will pretend that the device’s IP address is and its RTSP port is 554. The format is:





Video: How to get the RTSP URL for IP cameras

Here’s a video to help you to get the RTSP URL for your Hikvision camera.

Click the image below to watch it (Hosted on YouTube).


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Final Thoughts

Think of the Hikvision RTPS URL Address Format as a recipe for which you have all the ingredients. If you type them incorrectly, then you are all done. It’s that easy!