Interacting with your viewers is one of the key factors for becoming a well-established Twitch.tv broadcaster.
But, if you started streaming just recently, you are probably only familiar with the chat function from the viewer’s perspective, which is provided to you by Twitch and doesn’t require any configuring or preparation at all.
OBS, or also known as Open Broadcaster Software, is amongst the first few top choices for both beginner and advanced Twitch streamers.
If you’ll be using this particular software to go live on Twitch, you need to know how to properly configure the chat so that you can interact with your viewers in real-time.
This article contains all the information you need to add Twitch chat to OBS easily.
Adding Twitch Chat To OBS
To successfully add Twitch Chat to OBS, you will need to follow the steps below. Please install OBS on your computer beforehand.
- Open up Twitch in your browser and navigate to your channel, just like you would if you were a viewer yourself. You don’t have to be logged in to do this. This works for other platforms as well, except the place where you’ll be “popping out” the chat window may be slightly different.
- On the right side, click on the chat cogwheel, then select “Popout Chat”.
- A window will then pop out, and it will contain a URL. Copy it on your clipboard.
- The next step is to load up OBS on your PC. Skip this if it’s already opened.
- In OBS, click on “View” → “Docks” → “Custom Browser Docks”.
- Give a name to your brand-new Dock in the first empty box where it says “Dock Name”.
- In the empty box where it says “URL”, paste the URL you copied from the pop-up earlier during Step 3.
- Don’t forget to click “Apply” before exiting the “Custom Browser Docks” window you already have opened.
Now you’ve successfully created a dockable window. Feel free to move it around your screen and position it anywhere you find it fit.
If for some reason you want to disable this chat window, you can simply “untick” it in the “Docks” menu. It’s simple as that.
Why Is This Method Superior?
For many streamers, especially newer ones, a “simpler” solution would be to load up Twitch.tv on another browser, turn on their stream, mute it and simply drag the window on a different screen, then follow the chat like that.
Well, this isn’t the most optimal thing you can do, and here’s why.
First, not everybody has a dual-screen setup. Sure, it’s quite recommended to have two or more monitors if you are planning to be serious about streaming, but not everybody wants to build a career in this field, and sometimes people stream with their “casual” setups just for fun.
Then, having a whole separate browser opened up on your PC, with a stream running while you’re streaming as well, is resource-demanding.
Streamers should always try to optimize their performance so that it doesn’t impact the in-game experience, or even worse, make the actual stream “sluggish” for the viewers.
Shortly put, having a dockable window in OBS with just the chat and nothing more, is pretty lightweight compared to the other method. It keeps things smooth and compact.
What Is OBS? (Open Broadcaster Software)
OBS is one of the most popular apps for streaming. It can be used to stream on many other platforms, not just Twitch. This software is open-source and free to use.
OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) should not be confused with Streamlabs OBS. Although Streamlabs OBS is essentially the same code with a slightly better design and user experience, OBS is the “original” one that is still preferred amongst many streamers.
OBS is great because it has a lot of functionality to it, and it’s not difficult to use, even if you are a beginner. Creating and setting up custom docks is probably considered to be one of the more “complicated” things you can do in the software, and you already saw how easy it is to do that in the steps above.
Why Is Interacting With My Viewers So Important?
If you are a streamer and you’re looking to become one of the best someday, you shouldn’t disregard the importance of interacting with your viewers.
What makes live streaming so special and interesting to people, is the fact they can get in touch with the streamer, as well as the rest of the community present in the chatroom. If non-interactive content was any fun, everyone from Twitch would turn to YouTube instead.
Viewers appreciate you paying attention to their questions, suggestions, tips, and jokes. The more interactive your channel is, the larger your community will become.
Now that you have a dockable window in OBS, it’s time to take your Twitch channel one level higher.
If you want to make your chat even more unique and interesting to be a part of, consider creating Twitch emotes. You can find out more about the Best Twitch Emote Makers in our article.
Remember that OBS is free to use, but if you end up earning a lot from your stream, consider donating a few dollars to the developers. After all, they helped millions of people get engaged with streaming by creating free, open-source software that’s easily usable with many different streaming platforms.