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Release notes for GStreamer 0.10.16 "Special Dispensation"

The GStreamer team is proud to announce a new release in the 0.10.x stable series of the core of the GStreamer streaming media framework.

The 0.10.x series is a stable series targeted at end users. It is not API or ABI compatible with the stable 0.8.x series. It is, however, parallel installable with the 0.8.x series.

The 0.10.x series has been reworked for threadsafety. It also features various feature additions and enhancements.

This module, gstreamer, only contains core functionality. For actual media playback, you will need other modules.

contains a basic set of well-supported plug-ins
contains a set of well-supported plug-ins under our preferred license
contains a set of well-supported plug-ins, but might pose problems for distributors
contains a set of less supported plug-ins that haven't passed the rigorous quality testing we expect

Features of this release

  • Monotonic/Posix clock support
  • Dumping of dot-file graph descriptions for debugging
  • Clean-up of exported symbols
  • Many bug-fixes and enhancements

Bugs fixed in this release

  • 497859 : --disable-gst-debug option fails compilation
  • 339279 : [gst.URIHandler] interfaces with class-global virtual met...
  • 498694 : Patches to avoid g_signal_emit(SIGNAL_HANDOFF) on identit...
  • 498746 : basesink is forwarding downstream events
  • 498767 : Hangs after end of tracks since 0.10.15
  • 498924 : deprecate GST_PLUGIN_DEFINE_STATIC because it's not portable
  • 499007 : [gst-plot-timeline] more options
  • 499140 : Add check to ensure .def files are kept up-to-date
  • 500143 : Some small improvements (limiting realloc and CPU usage )
  • 500150 : [filesink] add property to enable buffering via setvbuf()
  • 501560 : gst_(caps|structure)_from_string() crash if structure nam...
  • 503131 : g_intern_string SUSE 10.2
  • 503231 : Change to GST_BUFFER_FLAG_GAP meaning can break with base...
  • 503417 : Build failure due uninitialized variable in function 'gst...
  • 503590 : gstreamer-0.10.15 fails tests on ppc64
  • 503675 : broken registry files written to disk
  • 504499 : Messages from check no longer contain the test case name
  • 505799 : iSight camera does not work in gstreamer
  • 506643 : crash in fixate_value/gst_value_init_and_copy on empty li...
  • 507957 : clean-up incomplete function declarations
  • 508175 : GST_TIMEVAL_TO_TIME() and GST_TIMESPEC_TO_TIME() need to ...
  • 510187 : gst_plugin_register_static() API review and GST_PLUGIN_DE...
  • 510747 : Use $(MAKE) instead of make to fix the build if GNU make ...
  • 511750 : Configure of prereleases 15.2-15.4 fail in OpenEmbedded M...

API changes

  • API additions
    • GstIdentity::signal-handoffs
    • gst_util_get_timestamp()
    • gst_base_transform_set_gap_aware()
    • GstFileSink::buffer-mode
    • GstFileSink::buffer-size
    • gst_plugin_register_static()
  • API deprecations


You can find source releases of gstreamer in the gstreamer download directory.

The git repository and details how to clone it can be found at .


The project's website is

Support and Bugs

We use GNOME's bugzilla for bug reports and feature requests.

Please submit patches via bugzilla as well.

For help and support, please subscribe to and send questions to the gstreamer-devel mailing list (see below for details).

Find us on IRC at #gstreamer.


Git is hosted on You can browse the gstreamer repository.

All code is in Git and can be checked out from there.

Interested developers of the core library, plugins, and applications should subscribe to the gstreamer-devel list.


Applications ported to GStreamer 0.10 include Totem, RhythmBox, Sound-Juicer, Gnome Media, Flumotion, Amarok, Jamboree, Pitivi, Istanbul, AnnoAmp, Elisa, and others. Let us know if you want to be added to this list.

Contributors to this release

  • Alexis Ballier
  • Damien Lespiau
  • David Schleef
  • Edward Hervey
  • Jan Schmidt
  • Julien MOUTTE
  • Julien Moutte
  • Laurent Glayal
  • Matthias Bolte
  • Peter Kjellerstedt
  • Sebastian Dröge
  • Stefan Kost
  • Thijs Vermeir
  • Thomas Vander Stichele
  • Tim-Philipp Müller
  • Wim Taymans

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