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Twitch streaming from your PC guide: Going live

How to go live from Open Broadcaster Software on Twitch.

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Now that you have everything set up -- you have your hardware together, your stream is ready, and you've checked your audio levels -- you're probably itching to go live and start getting some real followers. Here's how to do that.

Step 1: Connect OBS to your Twitch account


Open your Twitch Dashboard.

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Log in to Twitch. Open your Dashboard and click Stream Key.


Don't share your Stream Key with anyone.

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Click Show Key. You will see a warning telling you that you should never share your stream key with anyone or show it on stream. Click I Understand to proceed.


Paste your Stream Key into OBS.

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You will see your Stream Key. Copy it and open Open Broadcaster Software. Go to Settings > Broadcast Settings and paste your Stream Key into Play Path/Stream Key (if any). Under FMS URL, choose the server that's closest to you. Click OK.

Step 2: Action!


Click Start Streaming, and you're live!

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Once OBS is connected to your Twitch account, click Start Streaming to go live.


Check your stream on Twitch to make sure others can see you.

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To title your broadcast and preview your stream, open Twitch, go to your Dashboard and click the Live tab.