There are two ways to add your Twitch stream chat as a window in OBS Studio. You can link your Twitch, which will automatically set up a chat window. If you don't want to link your account, you can manually set it up by using the "Popout Chat" feature in your Twitch Chat Settings. Copy the URL and put it in an OBS browser dock. That's it!
I don't have dreams of becoming the next huge streamer, but I do a little video game streaming in my free time, using Twitch. My nephew came to me wanting to get his Twitch chat box to show up in OBS so he could read and interact with his viewers while playing. I have this in my stream, so I was able to show him how to set it up in just minutes.
If you've been trying to figure out how to add Twitch chat to OBS Studio, I'd be glad to show you how to get this setup. Let's get right into it.
Your stream chat is how viewers on your Twitch channel can communicate with you and comment on what you're doing, whether you're playing video games or doing something else.
For people with a single monitor streaming setup, adding Twitch chat as a dockable window in OBS Studio can be extremely helpful. You can see the game you're playing, as well as interact with your viewers, all on a relatively simple setup.
Even people with more than one monitor can benefit from a separate window in OBS that has their stream chat. The alternative is having Twitch open in a separate browser window on another monitor. While this gets the job done, it can be very resource-intensive on your computer.
No matter what your circumstances are, there are two ways to have a chat section in OBS Studio. Note that these methods won't put a chat overlay over your stream. You'll be the only person who can see this chat box.
The easiest way to move your chat to OBS Studio is by connecting your account on Twitch to this streaming software.
The developers have made things super easy when you do this. You will automatically get custom browser docks that will display your stream activity and chat within OBS Studio.
If you're worried about sharing your credentials with OBS, you'll be glad to know that you aren't. You're basically logging directly into Twitch, using an OAuth window.
Follow the steps below to link your Twitch channel to OBS:
Once you're done with this, you will have two dockable windows: one is a chat box and the other contains your stream activity, like subs and donations.
If you're not comfortable sharing your Twitch credentials with OBS Studio, that's fine. There's another way that you can add chat to your OBS window, and that's by using the popup chat option.
To get your chat from this popular streaming service set up in OBS, just follow the steps below:
Now, you'll have a window in OBS showing your chat in real time, straight from the source.
If you're someone who uses YouTube Gaming, Trovo, or any live streaming service that supports a popup chat option, you can get a chat box in OBS using the exact same steps, but with the respective URL.
However, Facebook Gaming is one popular service that lacks this chat option. However, there's another way you can get a Facebook Gaming chat window in OBS. You'll need to use StreamElements' OBS.Live plugin.
Just like that, you can now have your Facebook Gaming chat show up in your OBS window.
When you watch a stream in fullscreen mode, you won't be able to see the chat any longer. For this reason, I usually don't watch streams that way.
However, did you know that you can put a chat box overlay on your stream content itself, allowing your users to see the chat window even when in fullscreen mode?
The best part is that you can do this easily from your OBS Stream using the features in the app, and any streaming service that supports a popout chat window.
The chat you've just added will have a transparent background by default, which makes it more convenient.
You can easily get your Twitch chat to show up in OBS Studio by connecting your account in the "Stream" section in OBS settings. This is the simplest way, but you can also manually add it using a custom browser dock.
If you want to, you can even put a chat overlay directly over your stream, which is a great option if you want your content to be enjoyed in fullscreen mode.