Set up your computer to livestream (Beginner's Guide)

This post provides some basic instructions for how to livestream.

It assumes you have the following equipment:

  • A computer (can be desktop / laptop / hosted server)
  • An internet connection

Here are the steps:

  1. Download and Install Open Broadcast Software (OBS)

    • Go to
    • Select the correct version for your operating system (Windows, macOS, Linux)
    • Follow instructions to install on your laptop / macbook
    • Once installed, launch the programme
    • When you are asked to run the setup wizard, click “Cancel”
  2. Set up a streaming service and start streaming

    • Go to “Settings” in the bottom right
    • Select “Stream” on the left
    • For “Stream Type”, select “Custom Streaming Server”
    • For URL, enter the endpoint for where you would like to send content
    • Click “Start Streaming” in the bottom right.
  3. Set up the livestream content on your canvas

    • Under “Sources”, click the + symbol
    • Select “Text”, then click “OK”
    • In the field that says “Text”, enter the following text:
Hello World
  • Click “OK”

You can also add the following to your Canvas, by clicking the + symbol under Sources:

  • Video Capture Device

  • Screen Capture

    • livestream your entire screen
    • be careful not to share any sensitive information
  • Window Capture

    • livestream the content of a single window
    • be careful not to share any sensitive information
  • Videos

    • Livestream pre-recorded video content form your computer
  • Images

    • These can be resized and positioned anywhere on the canvas
  • Slideshows of Images

    • Set the livestream to display a series of images in rotation

The world is now your livestreaming oyster. Enjoy it!