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How to Install OBS Streaming Software in Windows

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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 Install OBS Studio for Windows

  1. Open your preferred browser, and visit the OBS Studio homepage.
    OBS Studio homepage
    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

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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
  1. Open your preferred browser, and visit the OBS Studio homepage.
    OBS Studio homepage
    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