GPAC’s inception comes from a visionary perspective that transcends traditional audio-video streaming use-cases. Unlike most multimedia frameworks which are primarily designed for 2D TV-like experiences, GPAC unlocks a world of possibilities. GPAC offers unparalleled versatility, enabling hybrid broadcast-broadband scenarios, scalability, interactivity, scripting, virtual reality (VR), 3D scenes, and much more.

The Future of Ultramedia Experiences

GPAC is more than just a framework; it is a standards-driven catalyst for innovation, an enabler of boundless creativity, and a key player in shaping the future of ultramedia experiences.

GPAC’s architecture is designed to be easily extended in various directions. Innovations like the development of the MPEG-4 Standard ISO Base Media File Format (ISOBMFF) are the product of extensive research and development efforts, allowing us to elevate the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) from nascent stages to advanced applications. 


GPAC’s flexibility sets it apart. With a focus on modularity and standards compliance, GPAC has emerged as an open-source powerhouse, acclaimed and awarded for its ground-breaking capabilities and performance in the video streaming and multimedia ecosystems. 

The GPAC framework is renowned for its robustness, adaptability, and industry-wide recognition today as critical infrastructure. It is used by video streaming services, broadcasters, researchers, standardization bodies and video enthusiasts all over the globe. 


The community’s long-term commitment to continuous innovation, research and development ensures that GPAC remains at the forefront of the rapidly evolving ultramedia landscape.

GPAC has a rich heritage, beginning as a startup in New York City in 2000. It went open-source in 2003. The project’s evolution has been driven by the combined efforts of the GPAC community and invaluable support from Télécom Paris, one of France’s esteemed technological universities.

GPAC has evolved into a dynamic and vibrant free open source project, fueled by collaborations with both public and commercial partners, research initiatives, and a diverse community of tens of thousands of users. 

A Community of Contributors

The success of GPAC is due to all the contributors, past and present, who have played a significant role in the project’s evolution. Their dedication, expertise, and collaborative spirit have shaped GPAC into the leading multimedia framework it is today.

GPAC has been developed at Télécom Paris under the direction of Jean Le Feuvre since 2003, as part of the research work of the Multimedia team and The Center for Open Software Innovation (COSI) within the (Laboratory for Communication and Information Processing (LCTI). 

Télécom Paris has been an active member of MPEG standardization efforts since 2000. Research activities focus on the architectures of multimedia systems, interactive services for television and digital radio. 

GPAC is funded through various channels, public projects, and sponsorship. GPAC professional services and commercial licensing is handled by Romain Bouqueau, one of GPAC’s principal architects since 2007, through Motion Spell.

As a dynamic open-source project, GPAC invites the tech community to explore its capabilities, contribute to its growth, and benefit from its industry-leading features.

We welcome your contributions, ideas, and collaborations as we shape the next chapter of GPAC’s history. Find out how to join the GPAC open source community and contribute here