So you’re looking to keep your stream updated with all the most relevant information, are you? That’s a good move. Things like subscriber counts, top donations; it’s stuff that your audience feeds for and Stream Labels is just the thing to feed that need.

Let’s take a quick minute to better understand Stream Labels, which are provided to us so graciously by Streamlabs.

Stream Labels can be your scorekeeper, your record holder, and even your greeter for new followers of your stream. Through an in-depth list of options, you’ll be able to cover all the bases that regular alerts can’t do. We’ll be taking a closer look at all these options later, but know that Stream Labels are most popularly used to communicate noteworthy metrics like “Top Donator” and “Monthly Donation Amount.” Below is an example design from one of our popular Twitch Overlays.

As you can see, Stream Labels share some similarities with Alerts, but Alerts are used more for breaking news, not metrics. If you’re looking for how to set Alerts up through Streamlabs, check out our Alerts Guide.

With that in mind, let’s get these bad boys working as they should.

Quick Guide

If you’re already familiar with Streamlabs, you’re no stranger to how much can be done directly from the browser. Well, for Stream Labels to work, you’re going to need to download the Stream Labels desktop app that’s available here.

Once downloaded, you’ll be greeted with that oh-so-recognizable screen prompting you to login under one of the three streaming platforms available. Below you can find the few steps required to get started with using stream labels. If you run into issues or you’re more of a visual person, here is a comprehensive video walkthrough (skip to 1:40 for instructions):

1. Download from the Streamlabs Website

Click here to be redirected to the StreamLabels desktop app download page. As of now, we support Windows and Mac. The Linux version will be released as soon as it is finished.

2. Logging in and setting and output directory

Upon opening the app you will be prompted with a connect to twitch button and a message saying a login window will appear soon. Enter in your twitch credentials to login and then you will be prompted again to set an output directory. Simply find or create a new folder to save all your new text files to (my documents area is usually a good place). Now all the files will be added to the folder. If all has been done correctly, you’ll see something similar to this:

If the login window never appears it usually means something is blocking the pop up . We suggest allowing StreamLabels through any antivirus and if you have adblock try disabling it before attempting to login to StreamLabels.

3. Adding a file

Open your streaming software and click to add a source and “add a text file”. Find the read from file section and check it and then click the browse and navigate to your folder you created earlier. 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 that the Stream Labels app needs to be opened on your computer for it to update the text files in real time. Now start streaming! 🙂



That’s the basics of label making out of the way. It’s important, but the real fun comes from the customizability you can make to each of the labels that you can broadcast.

To do that, let’s venture into the GEAR icon that’s located in the top-most toolbar of the Streamlabs desktop app. It should be the far-left icon in a set of four.

In here, you’ll be able to experience the full menu of what Stream Labels can add to your stream. Using that drop-down menu, you can customize labels for everything from “Donators” to “Subscribers,” and everything in-between. Let’s use “Most Recent Donator” from within the “Donators” category for this example. To begin customization, all I need to do is select it from the drop down.

Immediately you can see that it’s already setup to communicate the basics. Using the connection to your Streamlabs account, recognizing the identity of your most recent donator is a breeze. It’ll even update to show accurate information on its own too! What a time to be alive…

So if all you simply want to communicate who donated most recently, then nothing needs to be tweaked here. But if you’d like a message to be included along with this information–maybe a something that shows your appreciation, then you can add that anywhere within the MESSAGE TEMPLATE field. Just be sure not to go messing with the brackets that are already in the field!

Like I said, if you don’t want to make changes to the label, then you’ve already got an all-you-can-eat buffet of labels that can be added directly to your stream. But we still have to, you know, actually get the labels onto the stream. So let’s do that now.

NOTE: We’re going to go through OBS directions with the hopes that you’re pretty familiar with it. If you’re not, I’d recommend checking out a great OBS beginners tutorial found here!

Opening OBS, we’re going to make a new source and it’s going to be Text (GDI+). When it comes time to name it, I’d suggest naming it for the exact type of label that you’re adding. So in my case, this would be named “Top Weekly Donator.”

From within the following screen, you’re going to want to check the box for Read from File because that’ll allow us to browse for the folder where all of our labels are being kept. Do you remember the file location from earlier? Let’s connect the dots and allow OBS to pick up what the Streamlabs desktop app is putting down.

You’ll notice that this folder is now stock-full of every possible label, even the ones you didn’t plan to use. Find the specific Text Document for the label that you’re trying to create and select it. If all goes well, you should then see the label appear in the large preview window within OBS! Hit OK and position the label as needed. Congratulations, my friend. You’ve got your first working Stream Label.

But it’s just…floating there. There’s got to be a way to make it look better, right? A popular option is to pair a Stream Label with a good-looking overlay. A lot of the good ones will have pre-made templates just waiting to be populated with these kinds of labels.

And hey, in case you didn’t know, Twitch Temple home to a ton of awesome overlays that will make sure your labels aren’t just floating in deep space. Currently, our Reloaded, Battleground, Stone Fire, and Electro Junkie come with ready-made templates that have both animated and static frames for incoming Labels. Give them a look!

Check out our store here where you can find an overlay for every occasion. Except for Arbor Day. We don’t have a Twitch overlay for Arbor Day.

That’s all we’ve got for today. We hope this was of use to you and your streaming presence. Have questions about this tutorial or requests for what we should break down next? Hit us up here.

Video and steps by Streamlabs

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