How to Stream on Youtube with OBS? Full Guide (2023)

Are you ready to take your live streaming game to the next level on YouTube? Look no further than OBS Studio, the ultimate tool for seamless live streaming. Yet, many streamers are still unsure about how to stream on YouTube with OBS.

Now you don’t have to worry. Here, we will guide you through the process of connecting YouTube to OBS Studio, step by step. This will empower you to unleash your creativity and captivate your viewers like a professional. Let’s go!

How to Stream on YouTube with OBS Studio

Streaming on YouTube with OBS can be done through three simple methods:

1. Enable live streaming on your YouTube account.

  • Once verified, navigate to your YouTube Studio.
  • Click the “Go Live” button in the top right corner.
  • Select the “Start” option next to “Right Now” to enter the Studio.

2. Set up the YouTube stream in OBS Studio.

  • Download the latest version of OBS Studio from the official website.
  • Run the Auto-Configuration Wizard to optimize OBS settings for your hardware.
  • Launch OBS Studio.
  • Click on “Settings” at the bottom right corner.
  • In the “Stream” tab, choose “YouTube” or “YouTube Gaming” from the Service dropdown menu.
  • Copy the stream key from YouTube Studio.
  • Paste it into the Stream Key field in OBS.
  • Click “Apply“.
  • Clik “OK” to save your settings.

3. Go live on YouTube with OBS Studio.

  • Ensure your stream is ready in OBS Studio by configuring additional settings (like adding a camera and microphone sources).
  • Click “Start Streaming” in OBS Studio to go live on YouTube.
  • Engage your audience and deliver captivating content while OBS Studio handles the technical aspects.

Pro tip: Broaden your audience by utilizing third-party tools to enable multi-streaming with OBS. Discover additional insights and techniques in our comprehensive guide: How to Multi Stream with OBS: 3 Simple Steps.

Dealing with Stream Issues

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Encountering stream issues when you are doing live stream on YouTube with OBS is not uncommon. The good news is, OBS Studio provides tools to troubleshoot and resolve them:

  • Open the OBS log files by clicking “Help” > “Log Files“.
  • Upload the log file to the OBS Log Analyzer for a detailed analysis of any performance problems.
  • Paste the log file URL into the Log Analyzer to receive suggestions and solutions to improve your stream quality.


Streaming on YouTube with OBS Studio opens up a world of possibilities for content creators. By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can seamlessly connect YouTube to OBS Studio and enjoy complete control over your live streams. Get ready to wow your viewers and embark on an exciting streaming journey!

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