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How To Live Stream to Instagram From OBS

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Mar 26, 22, updated May 20, 24

Instagram is steadily becoming a great video content platform against the popular belief that it is merely a photo posting platform. In fact, it has become an equally popular platform among creators and brands as YouTube. That is why creators are willing to upload creative videos and go for live streaming to engage the audiences and get brand deals. You should live stream to Instagram from OBS Studio if you want to stream from your computer.

Instagram is primarily a mobile app and Instagrammers live stream from their smartphones. However, just like YouTube, you can live stream from your computer if the popular Instagrammers are doing these days. You need OBS Studio which is available for free and it is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. In this article, we will illustrate how to use OBS to Instagram live in simple steps.

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Part 1. Setup OBS Studio

OBS Studio is a live video stream software platform for computer users. You can live stream on almost any video streaming platform as long as you have the stream URL and stream key. On the other hand, Instagram only allows Instagram Live feature from its app. Therefore, you need a third-party app to obtain the stream URL and stream key so that you can connect OBS Studio with Instagram for live stream.

There are various third-party apps available to setup OBS Instagram live stream session. We recommend Streamon The application is also available for Windows, Mac and Linux users, just like OBS Studio. Before getting started, you should have the following ready.

  • An Instagram account where you want to live stream from your computer.

  • Live streaming gadgets such as webcam, external microphone, lights as per your requirements.

  • Download and install Streamon as per your operating system.

  • Download and install OBS Studio on your computer.

Here are the steps you have to take to setup OBS Instagram link to start live streaming.

Step 1: Open OBS Studio on your computer.

Step 2: Go to Profile> New and name it as “OBS Studio Instagram live“. You might get an auto-configuration wizard which you need to skip as you will have to set the settings manually.

obs studio instagram live

Step 3: Click on Settings button located at the bottom-right corner.

obs click on settings button

Step 4: From Settings window, go to Video tab. Change the Base Resolution and Output Resolution so that the aspect ratio becomes 16:9. You can tweak the other parameters as per your requirements. Finally, click on Apply and OK buttons.

obs go to video tab

Step 5: Now, it is time to add the video source. Make sure the webcam is connected properly. Go to Sources tab located at the bottom left corner. Click on “+” icon and select your Video Capture Device.

obs make sure the webcam

Step 6: Add a label and select the device and setup up the parameters as per your preference.  

obs add a label

Step 7: The label will appear under Sources. You can right-click on that and go to Transform and rotate to change the mode for convenient live streaming.

obs go to transform

Part 2. Live Stream Instagram with OBS

Now you are ready for Instagram live OBS Studio with all the configurations perfectly set. It is time to connect OBS Studio with your Instagram account for live streaming. That is where Streamon comes into the scene. Here are the steps you have to follow to live stream Instagram OBS Studio.

Step 1: Open Streamon and you need to sign into your Instagram account.

Step 2: After you have logged in, click on Start Live Stream option. You will get the required Stream URL and Stream key which are needed for OBS Studio to connect with your Instagram account.

obs click on start stream option

Step 3: Go back to OBS Studio and click on Settings button at the bottom-right corner.

Step 4: Go to Stream tab. For Service, select Custom option and for Server, paste the Stream URL from Streamon. Similarly, copy Stream Key from Streamon and paste on OBS Studio. Click on Apply and OK button.

obs go to stream tab

Step 5: Finally, click on Start Streaming button. Thereafter, go to Streamon app quickly and click on Go Live button. Now, you are live on Instagram through OBS Studio.

obs start streaming

On Streamon, you will see a Speech Bubble icon where you can check the live chat messages and manage them accordingly. In order to check if your live stream is going correctly, you can open your web browser and go to “” where you have to replace USERNAME with your Instagram username.

obs speech bubble icon

Step 6: To stop live streaming on Instagram through OBS Studio, click on Stop Streaming. Then go to Streamon app and click on Stop Live Stream as well.


If you want to live stream on Instagram from your computer, you can do it easily with OBS Studio. You will need Streamon app for OBS to Instagram live connection setup. Thereafter, you can live stream from OBS Studio like you do on all other video streaming platforms from your studio. You can even manage live chats from Streamon app and make sure you follow the steps minutely.

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