How to Install OBS Streaming Software

Introduction

OBS, or Open Broadcaster Software, is a free, open source software package that allows you to record or stream what's displayed on your computer screen, as well as other sources. You can stream to services such as YouTube or Twitch, and record in a variety of different formats to either edit later or publish to video sharing websites.
OBS

1 OS Choice

There are 2 main Operating Systems for personal computers currently available, Windows and macOS.

Windows
Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10
macOS
Apple is the only company that makes macOS computers.macOS Mojave

? What Operating System do you have on your device?

  1. Windows
  2. macOS

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OBS, or Open Broadcaster Software, is a free, open source software package that allows you to record or stream what's displayed on your computer screen, as well as other sources. You can stream to services such as YouTube or Twitch, and record in a variety of different formats to either edit later or publish to video sharing websites.
OBS

There are 2 main Operating Systems for personal computers currently available, Windows and macOS.

Windows
Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10
macOS
Apple is the only company that makes macOS computers.macOS Mojave
  1. Open your preferred browser, type obsproject.com in the address bar at the top, and push Enter or Return.
    Browser address bar with address filled in
  2. Select Windows from the home page.
    OBS homepage with Windows highlighted.
  3. Open the downloaded file once it has completed.
    Chrome download with file highlighted.
  4. Windows will ask permission to run the installer. Select Yes.
    Windows UAC prompt with Yes highlighted.
  5. OBS Studio installer will display a welcome screen. Select Next.
    OBS Studio installer welcome with Next highlighted.
  6. The Licence Agreement is displayed. Carefully read the Agreement, once you understand and agree, select I Agree.
    License Agreement with I Agree highlighted.
  7. You'll be asked where you want to install OBS. The default location is acceptable, select Next.
    Install Location with Next highlighted.
  8. You'll be asked if you wish to install any extra components. In most cases, it's safe to leave this blank. Select Install.
    OBS Features selection with Install highlighted.
  9. Installation is complete. For now, uncheck Launch OBS Studio, then select Finish.
    Installation complete with Launch OBS unchecked and Finish highlighted.
  10. A new icon should appear on your Desktop for OBS Studio so you can launch the program later easily.
    OBS

OBS Studio is a very feature-rich application. The following is an overview of the different elements of the program that you'll be interacting with.

From this point on, be wary of what you have on your computer screen. Because you are streaming to YouTube, anyone on the Internet can tune in, and see what you are doing. It's best to be in the mindset that this starts almost immediately upon opening your streaming software, OBS, so you don't accidentally show something you do not want shared with the world.
OBS Window Sections
OBS Main Window
Preview Window
Preview WindowShows a preview of what will show to your stream viewers.
Scenes
Scene SelectionScenes you've setup; each Scene is a collection of Sources. As example, you could have separate Scenes for starting your stream, various games you play, when you take a break, etc.
Sources
Sources listInput sources, such as your screen, a certain window, a web cam, or audio source.
Mixer
MixerAudio sources are shown here, so you can adjust how loud each is.
Scene Transitions
Scene Transitions optionHow transitions from scene to scene are shown.
Controls
Controls listStart, Stop, and change settings for your stream.
Statistics
StatisticsShows how long you have been live, how long you've recorded for, how much CPU time, and what FPS you're streaming at.

OBS offers a huge number of options for streaming. You can include webcams, extra audio sources, and a multitude of other options. This guide will walk you through the basics of streaming your entire screen with sound.

DisplayCapture Desktop Picture and Sound
  1. Open OBS.
    OBS
  2. Under Sources, select Add, and choose Display Capture.
    Heavy Plus Sign
    Add source with Display Capture highlighted.
  3. Select Create new, and give it a name such as Desktop. Make sure Make source visible is checked, then select OK.
    Create/Select Source with Create new, Name, Make source visible, and OK highlighted.
  4. A preview of your screen will be shown. Select which desktop you want to capture (if you have multiple monitors), choose if you'd like to capture your mouse cursor as well, then select OK.
    Properties for Desktop with Display, Capture Cursor, and OK highlighted.
  5. Under Sources, select Add, then select Audio Output Capture.
    Heavy Plus Sign
    Add source with Audio Output Capture highlighted.
  6. The 'Desktop' we added before has a 'Desktop Audio' attached to it, even if OBS wasn't monitoring it. That's what we're telling it to do now. Select Add Existing, select Desktop Audio, then select OK.
    Create/Select source with Add existing, desktop audio, and OK highlighted.
If you don't own a microphone, or don't want to capture your voice, it's safe to skip Microphone Capture.
MicrophoneAdd Microphone Capture

If you wish to be able to talk to people watching your stream and have them hear what you have to say, you will need a microphone connected, and add it as a source for OBS to record from.

  1. Under Sources, select Add, and choose Audio Input Capture.
    Heavy Plus Sign
    Add source with Audio Input Capture highlighted.
  2. Your default microphone 'came with' the Desktop capture, but just like before, OBS needs to be told to capture it. Select Add Existing, Mic/Aux, then select OK.
    Create/Select source with Add Existing, Mic/Aux, and OK highlighted.
Working With Sources
Sources list with sources listed.
Visibility
VisibilityWhile mostly helpful for when you have visual sources such as screen and webcam sources, you can temporarily hide an item on the display, to line up visual elements below.
Unlocked
UnlockedAllows you to lock or unlock an object, so you don't accidently drag it around.
Add
Heavy Plus SignAdd another source.
Remove
Heavy Minus SignRemove a source.
Settings
SettingsChange the settings for a chosen source.
Up
Up ArrowMove a source Up to show it above other sources.
Down
Down arrowMove a source Down to show it below other sources.
  1. Open your preferred browser, type obsproject.com in the address bar at the top, and push Return.
    Browser with address entered and highlighted.
  2. On the OBS page, select the button for macOS to download the latest version.
    OBS page with macOS download link highlighted.
  3. Once downloaded, open the package.
    Safari browser with download highlighted.
  4. In most cases, security preferences will prevent you from installing the package from the web. Select OK.
    Install blocked with OK highlighted.
  5. Select the Apple menu, and select System Preferences.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with System Preferences highlighted.
  6. In System Preferences, select Security & Privacy.
    Security and Privacy Preferences
  7. On the General tab, at the bottom, your Mac will remember you just tried to open the OBS installer. Select Open Anyway.
    Security and Privacy Preferences with General tab and Open Anyway highlighted.
  8. Your Mac will ask if you are sure, select Open.
    Security prompt with Open highlighted.
  9. The Installer Welcome screen will open, select Continue.
    Installer Welcome screen with Continue highlighted.
  10. For the Destination, select your primary mac drive, and select Continue.
    Install Destination with hard drive and Continue highlighted.
  11. The installer will tell you how much space is needed. Select Install.
    Install type with Install highlighted.
  12. Your Mac will ask permission to install the software. Enter your Mac password and select Install Software.
    Install software prompt with password and Install Software highlighted.
  13. Once complete, select Close.
    Summary with Close highlighted.
  14. With OBS installed, we don't need the installer any longer. Select Move to Trash.
    Keep Installer prompt with Move to Trash highlighted.

Opening OBS

OBS installs to your Applications folder.

  1. Select Finder. From the menu at top, select Go, then Applications.
    Finder
    Finder menu bar with Go menu and Applications highlighted.
  2. Double-Click OBS.
    OBS
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