How to Use Facebook Live Stream From Your Desktop using FREE open-source software

Using Facebook Live from your desktop opens up a new world of marketing possibilities. discover how to broadcast with Facebook Live using free open-source software.


Install OBS Studio

OBS is free software commonly used by live-streamers on the Internet. It allows you to selectively share applications on your desktop and create a layered video for live-streaming. To get started, visit the OBS website and download the latest version of OBS Studio. Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux are all supported.

Set Up Your Scene

Once installed, you need to set up the scene you want to show on your Facebook Live stream. OBS lets you control the screens shown, their sizes, the audio shared, and more.

Optimize OBS Settings for Facebook Live

Now you’ll want to review the required Facebook Live settings inside OBS. Facebook Live has maximum video output settings that the platform can support. If your stream feed is too high-quality, it may freeze or be rejected by Facebook.

Start Your Facebook Live Stream

Now that you’ve set the required video and output settings in OBS, you’ll need to add a new Facebook Live stream key. OBS requires a stream key to connect to Facebook. To get your stream key, you’ll need to start a new live-stream session from your Facebook business page. Open your page, click on Publishing Tools, and then Videos. From here, you’ll see a +Live button. Note: Depending on the country you’re in, the +Live button may be labeled +Create. In some countries, these tools may not be available yet.

In OBS, click Settings and click on the Stream options. Choose Facebook Live from the Services drop-down list and paste the key in the Stream Key box. Click OK when you’re done.

Preview and Test Your Live Stream

Before you go live, you should preview your stream using the Facebook publishing tools you left open previously. Test the video and audio to ensure there are no issues or feedback. Note: Don’t use speakers when screencasting because they can cause feedback. Instead, plug in a set of headphones.

When you’re ready, click the Start Streaming button in the bottom-right corner of OBS Studio. If you also want to record this video for later, click the Start Recording button when you’re ready to go live. Go back to the Facebook publishing tools you previously left open and click the blue Preview button.

From here, you can see a preview of your video. You can also write your update and enter a title for your video. When you’re done testing, click the blue Go Live button to start the stream. Keep the publishing tools tab open while you’re broadcasting. When you’re ready to end your video, go back to this tab and click the blue End Live Video button.

Moderate Comments As You Stream

To connect with your audience, it’s important to view and answer comments live. You can view your comments live on your desktop or mobile device.

View Comments on the Desktop

To view comments on your desktop, open a new tab and go to your Facebook business page. Find the live video running on your page and click on the words “Click for more.”


Having the ability to stream ready-made videos or screencast during a live stream gives you the ability to showcase products, teach, share media, and more.