How To Record A Youtube Live Stream

Have you ever wanted to save a YouTube live stream so that you can watch it later? Maybe there’s a concert or a gaming event happening live, and you don’t want to miss it. Well, you’re in luck! In this article, I will guide you through the process of recording a YouTube live stream, step by step.

Step 1: Check the live stream’s settings

Before you start recording, make sure that the live stream you want to capture allows recording. Some live streams have disabled the ability to record, so it’s essential to check beforehand.

Step 2: Choose a screen recording software

There are several screen recording software options available, both free and paid. Personally, I prefer to use OBS Studio (Open Broadcaster Software). It’s an open-source software that is widely used for live streaming. OBS Studio is free, easy to use, and offers a variety of recording options.

You can download OBS Studio from their official website at Once installed, open the software and let’s move on to the next step.

Step 3: Configure OBS Studio

Before you start recording, you need to configure OBS Studio to capture the YouTube live stream. Here’s how:

  1. Open OBS Studio and click on “Settings” in the bottom right corner.
  2. In the left sidebar, click on “Output.”
  3. Under “Recording,” choose the file path where you want to save your recorded live stream.
  4. Next, click on the “Video” tab in the left sidebar.
  5. Set the “Base (Canvas) Resolution” to match the resolution of your screen.
  6. Under “Output (Scaled) Resolution,” you can choose to downscale the resolution if you want a smaller file size.
  7. Click on “OK” to save the settings.

Step 4: Capture the YouTube live stream

Now that OBS Studio is configured, it’s time to capture the live stream:

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to the YouTube live stream you want to record.
  2. Go back to OBS Studio and click on the “+” button in the “Sources” box at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Choose “Display Capture” from the options.
  4. In the “Create/Select Source” window, click on your screen to capture the entire display or choose a specific application/window if you only want to record that.
  5. Click on “OK” to confirm the selection.
  6. In OBS Studio, click on the “Start Recording” button at the bottom-right corner.
  7. Begin watching the YouTube live stream, and OBS Studio will start recording everything on your screen.

Step 5: Stop and save the recording

When you’ve finished recording the YouTube live stream, you can stop and save the recording:

  1. In OBS Studio, click on the “Stop Recording” button at the bottom-right corner.
  2. Open the file path you set in the OBS Studio settings to find your recorded live stream.
  3. Voila! You now have a recorded copy of the YouTube live stream that you can watch at any time.

Remember to respect the copyright of the content you record. Only use recorded live streams for personal use or with the appropriate permissions from the content creator. Recording live streams without permission and redistributing them may violate copyright laws.


Recording a YouTube live stream is a simple process when you have the right tools. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily capture and save your favorite live streams for later enjoyment. Just remember to respect the rights of content creators and use recorded live streams responsibly. Happy recording!