Here’s How to Check Your Twitch Chat Logs
Sometimes, you or a mod on your channel might need to check Twitch chat logs. Thankfully, over the years, this task has become much easier.
Knowing how to access your chat logs may come in clutch throughout your streaming career—so here’s what you need to know.
Reasons to Check Your Twitch Chat Logs
There are a variety of reasons why you might want to check your chat logs, such as:
- Seeing how your audience reacts to certain things you say or do during your streams.
- Looking at whether someone you banned or suspended really violated any of your rules, or checking why they were banned.
- Checking whether someone may have accidentally violated Twitch Terms of Service which may have cost you a penalty.
- Finding ways to be more engaging with your chat.
Although knowing how to check your chat logs on Twitch is valuable for managing any rule breaking, as you can see, it is also incredibly useful for improving the quality of your stream.
Many streamers who regularly check their audience’s reactions can adjust their streams to engage and involve their viewers more.
Checking Your Chat Logs
Back in the day, checking Twitch chat logs was quite a difficult and complicated endeavor. These days, it’s much easier—you’ll barely break a sweat with today’s methods.
On Twitch, you can record and playback your VODs. Your VODs are basically the recordings of your streams in their entirety.
Since Twitch enabled chat recordings during VODs, you can now easily go back to specific days to check comments made by your viewers.
Unfortunately, this is not always the best way to check your Twitch chat logs if you want to go back further than two weeks.
Affiliates only have their last two weeks of videos available, and newer streamers have even fewer recorded videos available.
User Search Command
You can use the user search command if you would like to check comments made by a specific viewer. To do this, simply type the following command in your channel chat: /user [username]
Using this command, you can see data about the specific username such as:
- Number of messages user has made on your channel.
- Content of the messages left on your channel.
- Number of timeouts the user has received.
- Amount of bans they have received, if any.
- Mod comments left by your channel’s mods about your viewers.
By this method, you can also see when an account was created, which will allow you to see if a new account was made to circumvent previous bans and penalties.
3rd Party Programs
If the methods Twitch has provided to you are not enough, you can also make use of 3rd party programs, like Chatty. These programs are ideal if you want to set up chat logs for the long-term.
However, any comments that were removed by either your mods or you won’t show up here. Chatty is incredibly easy to use—just download and install.
Then, you can join your channel (and any other channels you want) through their IRC-like client. You can then download your chat logs if you need them.
Checking your Twitch chat logs is truly quite easy, and staying on top of your chat moderation can help you grow your stream and keep in line with Twitch rules!
What’s your favorite method for checking your or someone else’s chat history?