Streaming on Twitch is easy, fun, and, most of the time, quite simple to arrange. If you have the right hardware, a bit of free time, and the will to entertain, you can get started almost immediately.
There are a few things you should know about before clicking the “start broadcast” button, though, such as where to find your stream key and how to insert it in your software of choice successfully.
This guide covers all that in detail, so without any further ado, let’s take a look at what you need to know.
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Finding Your Twitch Stream Key
Every Twitch account is assigned a unique Stream Key upon creation. This key is probably the most sensitive information related to your account after your username and password, which is why it is composed of multiple characters (forty), including letters, numbers, and symbols.
Due to the key’s length, it’s almost impossible for someone else to “crack it” by brute force, which means it’s your responsibility to keep it safe and never share it with anyone else. As long as you do this, your channel is safe.
To find your Twitch Stream Key, all you have to do is follow the steps below:
- Log in to Twitch using your account.
- In the top-right corner, click your avatar, then select Creator Dashboard.
- On the left side of your screen, click Settings and then Stream.
- Your Stream key will appear at the top of this screen under “Stream Key & Preferences.”
- Copy it to your clipboard by clicking the Copy button. You don’t have to reveal the key before copying it, and it is much recommended not to do so.
That’s it for finding your Twitch Stream Key, so now let’s take a look at what it’s used for and how often you need to “fetch it” from your Twitch profile settings panel.
What Is A Twitch Stream Key Used For?
Simply put, a Twitch Stream Code or Key is what “points” your broadcasting software towards your channel. It tells OBS, for example, where to “send” the video after you initiate the broadcast.
So, if someone else has your stream key, they can broadcast on your channel without your permission, which is why it’s so important to never share it with anyone else.
If you happen to experience any issues while implementing your Stream keys in a broadcasting software, such as the common “Failed To Retrieve Stream Key” error, take a look at our helpful guide, where we cover easy-to-follow and efficient methods that will help you resolve this problem.
Your Stream Key is one of the most valuable things related to your Twitch account. In the guide above, we covered why it is important to keep it safe, what it is used for and how you can “fetch it” from your Creator’s Dashboard for whatever purpose you need it.