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Streamlabs OBS Beginners Guide

Streamlabs OBS Beginners Guide

A Beginner’s Guide to Streaming with Streamlabs OBS

Streamlabs OBS makes streaming easier than ever before. In only a few steps and with only a couple of thought-through clicks, it allows you to add themes, widgets, and other useful features such as sponsor banners, sub-goals, and live chat.

And it’s not only about improving how your Twitch stream looks and feels. More than anything else, Streamlabs is about growing your Twitch channel and viewership in a convenient way.

Here’s how to use Streamlabs OBS for streaming on Twitch.

But first,

What Is Streamlabs, Exactly?

Streamlabs is a streaming app that offers a simplified version of OBS design. Crafted with streamers in mind, this brilliant service packs a host of features aimed at improving the visual appeal of your Twitch stream and boosting viewer engagement.

It works beyond Twitch as well. You can use Streamlabs on virtually any popular streaming platform, including Facebook Gaming and YouTube. The possibilities are almost limitless.

Streamlabs OBS vs. OBS Performance Breakdown

Being more user-friendly than the original OBS and just as versatile, Streamlabs OBS ticks all the right boxes – it’s simple to use, free to download, and doesn’t require any technical knowledge. And you can learn how to use Streamlabs in a blink of an eye.

The Only Potential Problem Is…

Streamlabs OBS is currently available only for Windows. So, if you’re on MacOS or Linux, you’ll need to find the next best alternative. The good news is, there is an app version for both Android and iOS.

Setting Up Streamlabs Account

Setting up a Streamlabs account is a simple process – just go to, sign up, fill out your basic information, and wait for the confirmation email. Then, download and install the app.

Get Familiar with the Dashboard

The first thing you’ll see after you install Streamlabs and sign in to your Twitch account is a bunch of settings options – the Streamlabs’ dashboard.

Use it to navigate to the “Editor” tab. You’ll spend most of your time here, as this tab serves as a centralized hub for stream configuration. It helps manage scenes, input sources, and widgets.

You can also import and customize Twitch alerts—YouTube and Facebook alerts too—from here.

Choose to Go Live or to Record

Unlike the original OBS, Streamlabs allows you to choose between these two options, both of which you’ll be able to find from the “Editor” tab.

Add Widgets & Themes

Adding widgets to your Twitch stream is as easy as learning how to use Streamlabs. Everything you need to do is look, read, and click. In order to add widgets and themes you’ll need to head over to the “Add Source” tab.

You’ll see a widget menu with a couple of options to choose from. By double-clicking on the desired widget, you’ll open the settings tab with customization tools. If you’re looking for themes, you’ll find them under the “Themes” tab.

Streamlabs boasts a gallery of template themes that you can use as-is or customize at your will. This applies to widget themes as well.

And that’s pretty much everything you need to know about how to use Streamlabs OBS for Twitch. Enjoy the app’s many features and have fun streaming! If you’re looking for the best way to customize your stream, get started with Visuals By Impulse today!