Create Live Stream to Facebook from your Computer

Use the above Button to Go Live on Facebook from your computer

*Install OBS Studio First – Read Below

*Note it won’t work if your page is run through Facebook Business Manager

*Disable any Popup Blockers you may have

Learn more about Facebook Live API

The most common way to Go Live from your Facebook page is to use the “Publishing Tools” on your Facebook page. Log on to your Facebook page and click on Publishing Tools in the top menu, then click on Videos, but it doesn’t allow you to go live from your profile.

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You could also use LiveStream App but again the use is limited.

Facebook Go Live streaming from your computer for Free

In a roundabout way you can use Facebook Go Live streaming from your computer, either on your personal profile, pages or groups.

Firstly you need publishing software and ‘Go Live’ access, however Facebook doesn’t give you the ‘Publishing Options’ for personal profiles unlike pages, so I have used their Live Video API for developers to create the above button.

I do recommend the FREE open source OBS Studio (Wirecast Alternative).

OBS Studio can use many different sources for live stream including:

  • Image and Videos stored on your computer
  • Multiple webcams
  • Your PCs display
  • A window on your computer

*See how to download OBS Studio at the end of this page.

Once OBS Studio is installed and running then feel free to use the “Create Live Stream to Facebook” button above which I have created.

Facebook doesn’t give you ‘Publishing Options’ for personal profiles unlike pages, so I have used their Live video API to create the button.

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How to Live Stream to Facebook from a PC

*Disable any popup blockers you may have

  1. Open OBS Studio
  2. Click on the “Create Live Stream to Facebook” button
  3. Then, choose whether you want to go live on your profile or group and click next:
  4. Add Video Title, tags (optional)
  5. Copy the Stream Key (You will require it for the publishing software (OBS Studio))

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When Facebook receives your stream it will display the stream preview. (There might a slight delay in the preview)

Get your stream key from the Go Live popup you will need to enter the stream key into OBS Studio when you start your stream so that Facebook can receive it.

  1. Click settings in OBS Studio, then click stream in the left menu.
  2. Select “Streaming Services” as the Stream Type and “Facebook Live” as the service.
  3. Paste the stream key obtained as above into the “Stream Key” box
  4. Click Apply and OK.

You won’t need to enter the server URL as OBS Studio uses the standard Facebook URL.

Do make sure you have selected a video source (such as your webcam or video) and that you can see this in the preview section.

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Download & Install OBS Studio

Download & install OBS Studio which is a free open source program.

Ensure its OBS Studio as it has built in support for Facebook Live – The classic version does not.

OBS Studio

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