Ant Media Server Cluster Deployment Simplified with Jinja Templates on GCP — Ant Media Server

Ant Media Server
5 min readJun 12, 2024


Google Cloud Deployment Manager with Ant Media

In this guide, we’ll explore how to leverage Jinja Templates and GCP Deployment Manager to simplify the deployment of Ant Media Server clusters on GCP. We’ll delve into the fundamentals of Jinja Templates and GCP Deployment Manager, understand how they work together, and walk through the steps to deploy an Ant Media Server cluster with ease.

Let’s dive in and discover how Jinja Templates on GCP Deployment Manager can simplify Ant Media Server cluster deployment on the Google Cloud Platform.

What is Google Deployment Manager and Jinja Template?

Google Deployment Manager is an infrastructure management service provided by Google Cloud Platform (GCP). It allows you to define the desired state of your cloud resources using configuration files, enabling you to automate the creation, deployment, and updates of complex cloud infrastructure.

Jinja is a templating engine for Python that allows for the creation of dynamic configuration files. In the context of GCP Deployment Manager, Jinja Template enables you to generate resource configurations based on predefined templates, incorporating variables, loops, and logic to tailor deployments to specific requirements.

When used together, Google Deployment Manager and Jinja Templates provide a powerful mechanism for orchestrating cloud infrastructure deployments on GCP. You can define reusable templates for your infrastructure components and dynamically generate configuration files, streamlining the deployment process and promoting consistency and scalability.


Before you begin the deployment process, ensure you have the following prerequisites in place:

Google Cloud Platform Account

Ensure that you have access to a Google Cloud Platform account with the necessary permissions to create and manage resources. If you don’t have an account yet, you can sign up for a free trial or a paid subscription on the Google Cloud Platform website.

Google Cloud SDK (gcloud CLI)

Install the Google Cloud SDK and ensure that the gcloud command-line tool is available in your environment. This tool will be used to interact with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) resources and services.

Enable Compute Engine API

Make sure to enable the Compute Engine API in your GCP project. This API is required to create and manage virtual machine instances, which are essential for hosting Ant Media Server clusters.

Infrastructure Manager API

Enable the Infrastructure Manager API in your GCP project. This API allows you to create and manage infrastructure resources using tools like Google Deployment Manager.

Ant Media Server Marketplace Image

Ant Media Server Marketplace Image will serve as the base for your Ant Media Server cluster. To create an image, you first need to launch an Ant Media Server instance from GCP Marketplace and then create an image from that. Please follow the instructions in Step 2 of this blog post to create an image.

Note: Please note the name of the image as it will be used in the configuration file to create the cluster. For this demo, I will name the image ams-latest

Ant Media Server Cluster GCP Jinja Template

Get the Ant Media Server Cluster GCP Jinja Template from the GitHub repository. This template contains the configuration settings for deploying an Ant Media Server cluster on GCP using Google Deployment Manager and Jinja Templates.

Accessing the Google Cloud Account

Now that we have all the prerequisites covered, let’s access the GCP account to get started.

gcloud auth login
  • Go to the above displayed URL in your browser, follow the prompts, and enter the verification code and you will be logged in to your gcloud environment.
  • You can create a new project for the deployment or if you already have a project created, you can switch to the existing project with
gcloud config set project YOUR_PROJECT_ID

Deploying the Cluster

To deploy the Ant Media Cluster, we will quickly edit a couple of files and then launch it with a single command.

Step 1: Edit the antmedia.yaml file

  • Open the antmedia.yaml file to edit from the gcp-jinja-template files you downloaded with your favorite editor.
  • Adjust the region, zone, and instance type settings according to your structure and save it.
properties: default_zone: us-central1-a default_region: us-central1 mongodb_machine_type: e2-standard-2 origin_machine_type: c2d-standard-4 edge_machine_type: c2d-standard-4
image_id: "image-name"

Step 2: Edit the antmedia-loadbalancer-template.jinja file

Edit the antmedia-loadbalancer-template.jinja file to add the certificate content created for your wildcard domain.

certificate: fullchain.pem or certificateprivateKey: private key
- name: ams-ssl-cert-{{ scenario }} type: compute.v1.sslCertificate properties: certificate: | --BEGIN CERTIFICATE-- Your Certificate --END CERTIFICATE-- privateKey: | --BEGIN PRIVATE KEY-- Your Private Key --END PRIVATE KEY--

Step 3: Launching the Cluster

Once the above configurations are complete, deploy the Ant Media Server Cluster using gcloud cli as follows.

gcloud deployment-manager deployments create ams-cluster --config antmedia.yaml

This step will take advantage of the automatic scaling and management features provided by GCP and create the Ant Media Server Cluster using a Jinja template.

gcloud deployment-manager deployments describe ams-cluster
gcloud deployment-manager deployments delete ams-cluster gcloud deployment-manager deployments create ams-cluster --config antmedia.yaml

Congratulations! Your very own Ant Media Server Cluster is ready using Google Deployment Manager and Jinja template.

Accessing the Ant Media Server Cluster

Now that your Ant Media Server cluster is created and ready, let’s connect to it.

  • Go to your GCP account console > Load Balancing and under Load Balancers.
  • There will be two load balancers, one of them is Edge and another one Origin, named ams-edge and ams-origin.
  • You can connect to your cluster via the Load Balancer Public IP or update your DNS records based on the certificate hostname.

WebRTC Publish and Play

Now that everything is up and running, let’s explore our collection of WebRTC samples to publish and play with WebRTC and get started.


Thank you for following this guide. We hope it has provided you with the insights and tools needed to simplify your Ant Media Server cluster deployments on GCP using Deployment Manager and Jinja Template.

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Happy streaming!

Originally published at on June 12, 2024.



Ant Media Server

Ant Media Server, open source software, supports publishing live streams with WebRTC and RTMP. It supports HLS(HTTP Live Streaming) and MP4 as well.