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Last updated: 2022-07-21 16:57:25

    This document describes how to share the screen. Currently, a TRTC room can have only one screen sharing stream at a time.

    TRTC supports screen sharing in primary stream and substream modes on Electron:

    • Substream sharing
      In TRTC, you can share the screen via a dedicated stream called the substream. In substream sharing, an anchor publishes camera video and screen sharing images at the same time. This is the scheme used by VooV Meeting. You can enable substream sharing by setting the TRTCVideoStreamType parameter to TRTCVideoStreamTypeSub when calling the startScreenCapture API.

    • Primary stream sharing
      In TRTC, the channel via which camera images are published is the primary stream (bigstream). In primary stream sharing, an anchor publishes screen sharing images via the primary stream. As there is only one stream, an anchor cannot publish both camera video and screen sharing images. You can enable this mode by setting the TRTCVideoStreamType parameter to TRTCVideoStreamTypeBig when calling the startScreenCapture API.

    Step 1. Get sharing sources

    You can call getScreenCaptureSources to get a list of sharable sources, which is returned via the response parameter sourceInfoList.


    On Electron, the desktop also counts as a window. When two monitors are used, each monitor corresponds to a desktop window. The list returned via getScreenCaptureSources includes desktop windows.

    Based on the obtained window information, you can display a list of sharable sources on the UI for users to choose from.

    import TRTCCloud from 'trtc-electron-sdk';
    const rtcCloud = new TRTCCloud();
    // https://web.sdk.qcloud.com/trtc/electron/doc/en-us/trtc_electron_sdk/TRTCCloud.html#getScreenCaptureSources
    const screenList = rtcCloud.getScreenCaptureSources();

    Step 2. Start screen sharing

    import TRTCCloud, { 
    Rect, TRTCScreenCaptureProperty, TRTCVideoStreamType, TRTCVideoEncParam,
    TRTCVideoResolution, TRTCVideoResolutionMode
    } from 'trtc-electron-sdk';
    const rtcCloud = new TRTCCloud();
    // https://web.sdk.qcloud.com/trtc/electron/doc/zh-cn/trtc_electron_sdk/TRTCCloud.html#getScreenCaptureSources
    const screenList = rtcCloud.getScreenCaptureSources();
    // https://web.sdk.qcloud.com/trtc/electron/doc/zh-cn/trtc_electron_sdk/Rect.html
    const captureRect = new Rect(0, 0, 0, 0);
    // https://web.sdk.qcloud.com/trtc/electron/doc/zh-cn/trtc_electron_sdk/TRTCScreenCaptureProperty.html
    const property = new TRTCScreenCaptureProperty(
    true, true, true, 0, 0, false
    if (screenList.length > 0) {
    rtcCloud.selectScreenCaptureTarget(screenList[0], captureRect, property)
    const screenshareDom = document.querySelector('screen-dom');
    // https://web.sdk.qcloud.com/trtc/electron/doc/zh-cn/trtc_electron_sdk/TRTCVideoEncParam.html
    const encParam = new TRTCVideoEncParam(
    rtcCloud.startScreenCapture(screenshareDom, TRTCVideoStreamType.TRTCVideoStreamTypeSub, encParam);

    Step 3. Set the video quality

    You can use the third parameter (encParam) of the startScreenCapture API to set the video quality of screen sharing (see step 2), including resolution, bitrate, and frame rate. We recommend the following settings:

    Clarity Resolution Frame Rate Bitrate
    HD+ 1920 x 1080 10 2000 kbps
    HD 1280 x 720 10 600 Kbps
    SD 960 × 720 10 400 Kbps

    Step 4. Watch the shared screen

    When a user in a room starts screen sharing, the screen will be shared through a substream, and other users in the room will be notified through onUserSubStreamAvailable.
    Users who want to view the shared screen can start rendering the substream image of the remote user using the startRemoteView API.

    import TRTCCloud, { 
    } from 'trtc-electron-sdk';
    const rtcCloud = new TRTCCloud();
    const remoteDom = document.querySelector('.remote-user');
    function onUserSubStreamAvailable(userId, available) {
    if (available === 1) {
    rtcCloud.startRemoteView(userId, remoteDom, TRTCVideoStreamType.TRTCVideoStreamTypeSub);
    } else {
    rtcCloud.stopRemoteView(userId, TRTCVideoStreamType.TRTCVideoStreamTypeSub);
    rtcCloud.on('onUserSubStreamAvailable', onUserSubStreamAvailable);


    1. Can there be multiple channels of screen sharing streams in a room at the same time?

    Currently, a TRTC room can have only one screen sharing stream at a time.

    2. When a specified window (SourceTypeWindow) is shared, if the window size changes, will the resolution of the video stream change accordingly?

    By default, the SDK automatically adjusts encoding parameters according to the size of the shared window.
    If you want a fixed resolution, call the setSubStreamEncoderParam API to set encoding parameters for screen sharing or specify the parameters when calling the startScreenCapture API.

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