How to Set up Stream Labels in Streamlabs Desktop

Stream Labels is a fantastic way to customize the look of your stream, acknowledge users, or show off impressive stats. Pick and choose from 65 different labels including your top tip, highest donor most recent follower, and most recent subscriber.

Stream Labels will continually display the information you have chosen to include making it a useful tool to increase engagement from viewers who want to see their name on the screen.

In this guide, we will show you how to add a Stream Label in Streamlabs Desktop, customize it, some tips and tricks, and how to add it to other streaming software like OBS Studio.

What are Stream Labels?

Stream Labels is an application that runs on your computer that generates text files. These text files contain stats, including your top tipper for the day, your most recent follower, and many others. You can include these text files directly into OBS, XSplit & other streaming software. 

Streamlabs Desktop has full support for stream labels built-in, so there is no need to download or run any external app. If you’re not using Streamlabs Desktop, you can visit our website here to download it. 

What are the Benefits of Stream Labels

  • Engage Viewers: Many viewers want to see their name on the screen and may interact with your stream to get their name to appear. 
  • Increase Followers: With Stream Labels, you can include reminders to follow your social accounts.
  • Monetize: Having a top tipper displayed on your live stream may incentivize others to contribute and support you as well.
  • Celebrate Your Community: Scrolling text filters allow you to celebrate everyone that has participated in your stream during your live stream session.

How to Add a Stream Label to Streamlabs Desktop

Adding Stream Labels to Streamlabs Desktop is a very simple process because the application is already pre-built into our software.

Step 1: Open Streamlabs Desktop and click on the plus sign in the “Sources” sections

Step 2: Now under “Widgets”, click on “Stream Label”, name your source, and add it

How to Customize Your Stream Label Settings

After you add a Stream Label source, a screen will appear that allows you to customize your label. In this section, we’ll briefly go over the various options you can customize.

Label Type: There are over 65 different types of labels you can choose from. Pick everything from top tipper of all time, sub gifters, most recent followers, subscribers, and much more. There is a label for almost everything you could think of, so go through the list or use the search bar to try and find the label you are looking for. 

Label Template: This allows you to customize the text that will appear on your label

Font Family: Choose to use the default font types or fonts from Google.

Text Transform: Use this to select if you want your text all lowercase, uppercase, or start case.

Verticle: Enable this if you want your stream label text to appear verticle.

Custom Text Extents: If you are using stream overlays with a custom stream label frame, it can be common for a viewer's name to extend beyond the frame of your label. In this case, you can use custom Text Extents to ensure the name will cut off after it reaches a certain length. To do that, play with the with the width and height until the text ends where you want it. Please note, if you turn on Custom Text Extents, the “Wrap” toggle may turn on as well. If this happens, feel free to turn it off.

How to Add Filters to Stream Labels

One property of Stream Labels that many of you may not know, is that you can actually add filters to your labels to make them scroll. To do that, perform the following steps:

Step 1: Right-click your label and click on “filters”

Step 2: Click on the plus sign to add a new filter

Step 3: Open filter type and click on “Scroll”.

Step 4: Click “Done” and now adjust the horizontal or verticle speed or if you want to loop your text.

How to Add Stream Labels to OBS Studio

Step 1: Download the Stream Labels app from the Streamlabs Website and run it.

Step 2: Upon opening the app and you will be prompted with a login window.

Step 3: Enter in your login credentials and then you will be prompted again to set an output directory. If the login window never appears it usually means something is blocking the pop-up. We suggest allowing StreamLabels through any antivirus software. Try disabling any antivirus if you have any issues with logging in.

Step 4: Simply find or create a new folder to save all your new text files. My Documents area is usually a good place. Now all the files will be added to the folder.

Step 5: Add your text sources to your streaming software.

Step 6: Open your streaming software and click to add a source and “add a text source”.

Step 7: Find the read from the file section and check it and then click the browse and navigate to the folder you created earlier.

Step 8: Decide what you want to display from the many files. ex: If you want to display your most recent follower use most_recent_follower.txt

Remember: The StreamLabels app needs to be running on your computer for it to update the text files in real-time.

About Streamlabs

Founded on the belief that we want to help creators make a living do what they love, Streamlabs provides a robust suite of features to help creators better engage with their fans, grow audiences, and improve monetization. Building on this mission, Streamlabs is expanding its product with 1) Melon, our browser-based streaming studio, 2) Willow, an all-in-one bio link tool, 3) Oslo, a video review and collaboration tool, and 4) Lucra, a live streaming platform for ticketed events.

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