End of Life for Twilio Programmable Video - Upgrade to VideoSDKLearn More

Agora vs LiveKit

A head-to-head comparison of Agora and LiveKit, And what features and value does Video SDK offer?

Agora

Agora Live Video SDK aims to make live video calls and live streams inside applications easier. The SDK is very low-level and allows enterprise development teams to control every aspect of the live video experience.

LiveKit

Livekit is a collection of SDKs that enables the integration of live video and audio into your native applications. It offers various notable features, including live streaming, in-game communication, video calls, and more. Livekit utilizes a modern, end-to-end WebRTC stack to deliver seamless and high-quality real-time communication experiences.

How Video SDK make a difference?

If you're in search of a dependable live video conference SDK, you might have come across Livekit and Agora. Both are good platforms that provide SDKs for integrating live video calling and related features into your application.

Livekit and Agora offer reasonably reliable audio and video conferencing performance. However, achieving this requires writing lengthy blocks of code. Additionally, you may not find all the necessary features conveniently available in a single SDK.

And here comes Video SDK. A quite easy and quick SDK that helps you deal with multiple features, such as chat, polls, breakout rooms, streaming capability, and RTMP out — all in a single SDK.

In this comparison, we will explore the strengths and weaknesses of LiveKit and Agora, assisting you in making an informed decision.

Features Comparison : Agora vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

Agora
LiveKit
Video SDK

No. of participants (Including hosts)

Agora not supports more than 55 participants.

LiveKit supports limited participants.

VideoSDK supports millions participants.

Ease of SDK Integration

Agora generally requires more than 3 months for SDK integration.

Development is moderately tough

VideoSDK generally requires more than 2 weeks for SDK integration.

Adpative audio/video quality

Agora not offers adaptive audio/video quality.

LiveKit not offers adaptive audio/video quality.

VideoSDK offers adaptive audio/video quality.

Works behind the Firewall, Private Network

No

No

Yes

Role Management, Permissions, Policy and Templates

Role Management, Permissions, Policy & Templates not available in Agora.

Limited to host & participant roles

VideoSDK offer Role Management, Permissions, Policy & Templates.

Automatic video and audio track degrade due to bandwidth in-consistency

Not available

Available

Available

Dynamic Layout for Studio and RTMP Live Streaming

Not available

Not Available

In VideoSDK no needed manual configuration.

Build collaborative features like chat, poll, Q & A, whiteboard etc.

In Agora collaborative features is not available.

In LiveKit collaborative features is not available.

Collaborative features available VideoSDK.

Virtual Background, Live Transcription & ML Middleware

Complex integration

Not Available

Easy integration

Webhooks

Only use cloud recording use-cases.

Not Available

Available

Pricing Model

Usage based

Subscription based

Usage based Price

Interactive Live Streaming

Agora supports interactive live streaming.

LiveKit supports interactive live streaming.

VideoSDK supports interactive live streaming.

Cloud Recording

Agora offers cloud recording capabilities.

LiveKit offers cloud recording capabilities.

VideoSDK offers cloud recording capabilities.

Interactive Whiteboard

Agora provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

LiveKit not provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

VideoSDK provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

Multi-platform

Agora supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.

LiveKit not supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.

VideoSDK supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.

Interactive Participant Support

Agora provides limited support for interactive participants.

LiveKit provides limited support for interactive participants.

Up to 5,000

Mobile browser support

Agora offers limited support for mobile browsers.

LiveKit offers limited support for mobile browsers.

Video support only 90% mobile browsers.

Automatic audio / video degrade, re-connectivity

Agora not supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments.

LiveKit supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments..

VideoSDK supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments..

Audio & Video powered by AI

No

No

Yes

Independent of Open Source Dependency

Agora is not dependent on open source.

LiveKit is not dependent on open source.

VideoSDK is not dependent on open source.

Customised RTMP, Cloud Recording, HLS

No

No

Yes

API for building specific features such as collaborative games, polls etc

No

No

Yes

API to build social features such as merging rooms, battles, coins, gifts sending etc

No

No

Yes

Full HD recording

Agora supports full HD recording.

LiveKit not supports full HD recording.

VideoSDK supports full HD recording.

Open source templates

Agora not heavily rely on open source templates.

LiveKit not heavily rely on open source templates.

VideoSDK heavily rely on open source templates.

Full Custom roles

Agora offer limited support for full custom roles.

LiveKit offer limited support for custom roles.

VideoSDK offer support for full custom roles.

HLS Streaming

Agora supports HLS streaming.

LiveKit supports HLS streaming.

VideoSDK supports HLS streaming.

Cost-effective

Agora is not cost effective.

LiveKit is not cost effective.

VideoSDK is cost effective.

Prebuilt SDK

Agora not provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

LiveKit not provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

VideoSDK provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

Fully customizable UI

Agora allows for a customizable UI.

LiveKit not allows for a customizable UI.

VideoSDK allows for a Limited customizable UI.

Metaverse platform support

Agora not support Metaverse platform.

LiveKit not support Metaverse platform.

VideoSDK support Metaverse platform.

Session analytics

Agora offer session analytics option.

LiveKit not offer session analytics option.

VideoSDK offer session analytics option.

Data Tracks

Agora not offer data tracks option.

LiveKit not offer data tracks option.

VideoSDK offer track data option.

Price Comparison : Agora vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

Agora
LiveKit
Video SDK

Volume Discount

Agora not offer the volume discount.

LiveKit not offer the volume discount.

VideoSDK offer the volume discount.

Video Conferencing

  • Video SD: $3.99
  • Video HD: $3.99
  • Video Full HD: $8.99
  • Video 2K: $15.99
  • Video 2K+: $35.99
  • $20 per 1,000 minutes
  • Video SD: $2.00
  • Video HD: $3.00
  • Video Full HD: $7.00
  • Video 2K: $7.00
  • Video 2K+: $7.00

Analytics

  • Standard Plan: $449/month
  • Premium Plan: $999/month
  • Enterprise Plan $1599/month

Free

VideoSDK offer free analytics.

Separate pricing for video and audio

Yes

Yes

Yes

Free 10,000 minutes every month

Yes

No

Yes

Minimum price for video calls

$0.0039 per participant minute

$0.02 per participant minute

$0.002 per participant minute

Minimum price for audio-only calls

$0.00099 per participant minute

$0.005 per participant minute

$0.0006 per participant min

Advanced Firewall Control

Agora not offer firewall control.

No

VideoSDK offer free firewall control.

Compliance & Privacy

Agora provides robust support only for HIPAA compliance, although it comes with associated charges.

LiveKit not provides compliance & privacy support.

Secure real-time audio-video to your app or website with compliance and privacy.

  1. HIPPA Complaint
  2. GDPR Complaint
  3. Data Localization
  4. SOC 2 Type 2
  5. VAPT(Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing,)
  6. CERT-in (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team )

Cloud recording pricing

  • Voice: $1.49
  • SD: $5.99
  • HD: $5.99
  • Full HD: $13.49
  • 2K: $23.99
  • 2K+: $53.99

No accurate data available

  • Video SD: $15.00 1,000 minutes, No limit on participants
  • Video HD: $15.00 1,000 minutes,No limit on participants

RTMP pricing

  • H.264 Full HD Output Video: $15.99 per 1000 mins
  • H.265 HD Output Video: $19.99 per 1000 mins
  • H.265 Full HD Output Video: $39.99 per 1000 mins

No accurate data available

  • $15 per 1,000 minutes

ILS pricing

Aggregated resolution based per participant pricing

  • $69 per hour (upto 500 viewers only and doesn't support Full HD)
  • $0.001 per participant minute (Also supports Full HD)

Storage pricing

Extra cost

No accurate data available

  • $3 per 1000 minutes per month

Support Comparison : Agora vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

Agora
LiveKit
Video SDK

Support

Paid

Yes

Yes

Cost

  • Standard Plan: $1200/month
  • Premium Plan: $2900/month
  • Enterprise Plan: $4900/month

Only accounts having Standard or Enterprise plan

Free

Access to Testing

No

No

All paid accounts get access to testing support from Video SDK.

Access to TAM / CS Engineer

  • Premium plan: Access to CS engineer, Code Review
  • Enterprise plan: Everything in the Premium plan plus access to SA Engineer & Live Developer Consultation and Training.

No

Dedicated CS & Solution Engineers

SLAs

  • Standard Plan: P1 – 4 Business hours P2 – 16 business hours P3 – 24 business hours
  • Premium Plan: P1 – 3 hours(24/7) P2 – 8 business hours P3 – 16 business hours
  • Enterprise Plan: P1 – 2 hours (24/7) P2 – 5 business hours P3 – 9 business hours

Only accounts having Enterprise plan

Inexpensive SLA with 99.9% uptime

SUCCESS STORY

How MomentoStream increased user engagement into their live streaming platform with Video SDK

See why customers love Video SDK

Ankur Chandra-Engineering Manager at Fynd
Company Logo

“I still remember when I was trying out the product and connected over discord with Arjun Kava, and he immediately responded. It is one of the things that we found less often. The team is super enthusiastic to make the product as next big thing. Easy integration is the beauty of it. Few lines of code and it's done.”

Ankur Chandra ,

Engineering Manager at Fynd

Have any business query?

FAQ

Let’s build together