Adding your stream key to Streamlabs is a very important step in order to start streaming live on Twitch, Facebook or Youtube. Without it, you cannot successfully stream on either platform.
A stream key is a unique password and address of the platform you would like to stream on. It connects your Streamlabs software to the platform you want to stream on, and essentially, verifies your identity.
In this article, we will go through how to add your stream key to streamlabs for a seamless streaming experience.
Setting Up Stream Key On Streamlabs
- On your Streamlabs Studio homepage, click Settings on the gear icon at the bottom-left corner of the page.
- On the Settings window that appears on your screen, click Stream on the left menu.
Streamlabs offers two stream types:
Custom streaming server: This option, though more complex, requires setting up your own video streaming server. It allows you to control your content and restrict your viewers.
Streaming services: This one includes the popular live streaming platforms such as Twitch, Youtube, Facebook, Restream, Twitter or Stageit.
In the following sections, we will look at how to add your stream key to streamlabs from either one of these options.
How To Add Your Stream Key from Custom Server
- If you want to add a custom streaming server, under Stream Type, select Custom Streaming Server.
- Enter your URL using the real-time messaging protocol of the custom server you have set up and your stream key.
- If your custom streaming server requires authentication, then check the Authentication checkbox and fill in your username and password.
- Click Done.
How To Add Your Stream Key from Twitch
The alternative option is using either one of the popular streaming platforms available.
- Under Stream Type, select Streaming Services.
- Go to Service, and select Twitch.
- Under the Server option, select the server you would like to use. We recommend Auto(Recommended)
- To get your stream key, go to twitch.tv on your browser and sign in to your Twitch account.
- Click on your Profile on the upper-right corner of your screen, select Settings, then choose Channel and Videos, and finally click Stream on the left menu.
- Now go to the Stream Key & Preferences window, copy the stream key.
- Then go back to streamlabs, and under Stream key, paste the copied stream key.
- After you successfully copy and paste your stream key click Done.
How To Add Your Stream Key from Youtube
- First, go to Stream Type, select Streaming Services.
- Under Service, select Youtube – RTMPS.
- Then under the Server option, select the server you would like to use. We recommend choosing the Primary Youtube Ingest Server.
- Then go to youtube.com and sign in your channel with a valid Google account.
- Once in, click on your Profile on the upper-right corner of your screen.
- Here select Your Channel option, click the Video icon to the left, and then click Go Live.
- Then go back to the Youtube Livestream home page, click Stream on the left menu then under Stream settings, copy the stream key.
- Once you have the stream key return to Streamlabs, and under Stream key, paste the copied stream key.
- Finally, click Done.
How To Add Your Stream Key from Facebook
- First open Stream labs and under Stream Type, select Streaming Services and select Facebook Live.
- Then Under Server, and select the server you would like to use.
- Then Go to Facebook Live Video.
- Here, select Stream setup on the left menu, select a Video Source, and choose Streaming Software.
- Under streaming software setup, copy the stream key
- Then go back to Streamlabs, under Stream key, paste the copied stream key.
- Finally, click Done to complete the process.
What are Some Tips and Tricks When Adding Stream Keys to Streamlabs?
For streamers, copy-pasting each platform’s link can be tiresome, especially when the stream key keeps changing. You may also want to go beyond understanding the basic steps for adding stream keys to streamlabs.
We’ve put together the following tips and tricks to better help you achieve a seamless streaming experience.
Always safeguard your stream key
The stream key is a unique identifier of each live stream account. It is different for each person, with a set of random characters and numbers. If someone else got access to your stream key, they can start streaming from your account. It goes without saying that the danger to a channel hijacking can be fatal to your reputation and growth as a streamer. Your channel could also risk getting suspended or banned from the streaming platform. Therefore, whenever you access stream keys to add them to streamlabs, always make sure the key is hidden.
Always reset your stream key
Resetting your stream key adds an extra layer to safeguarding it against attackers. In case there was a breach, and someone got access to your key, you can reset it to make certain they cannot hijack your channel. Resetting your key is quite easy. You will often see a ‘Reset’ button next to the stream key that you can click to generate a new one. There is also no limit to the number of resets you make so always try to do so as often as possible.
Be careful when selecting stream server
Streamlabs will often select a default server for the streaming service you choose to go with. The chosen server will almost always be the one closest to you. This is because of a more stable connection. However, it doesn’t hurt to confirm a server’s proximity to you and checking whether there might be others closer than the default choice.
That is everything you need to know about adding your stream key to streamlabs. You should now be able to comfortably add stream keys of individual platforms to Streamlabs. Let us know in the comments of more tips and tricks for adding stream keys to streamlabs.
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