Twitch has exploded in popularity in recent years, and that growth has been a boon for people trying to jumpstart a career in streaming and content creation.
There are now a plethora of tools that Twitch streamers can use to boost viewer engagement, automate tasks, and improve stream production value.
In this guide, we’ve compiled a list of 15 Twitch tools for streaming that will help you out with your channel. We’ve included tools for clipping videos, playing music, mixing audio, and more.
Note that these are mostly 3rd party tools, and not the same as the Twitch extensions you can install natively in your Creator Dashboard on Twitch. We have a separate guide on the best Twitch extensions here.
Best Tools for Twitch Streamers
Ranked in no particular order, below are 15 of the most useful Twitch tools for streaming that will make your life as a streamer easier.
StreamBeing is a tool that uses Siri to capture stream clips and manage Twitch channels using voice commands. Clipping memorable moments from your stream can be a pain, especially if you don’t yet have a large audience.
Most streamers depend on their mods or loyal viewers to clip meme-worthy moments.
This app takes out the manual work by enabling streamers to quickly create 30-second Twitch clips by simply saying “Clip it!” or a custom voice command. It automatically uploads your clips to Dropbox or Google Drive.
You can also use the tool to mark and highlight your stream by using a voice command.
StreamBeing is incredibly intuitive and easy to set up; simply download the app from the Apple App Store to get started.
Having trouble deciding which of your socials, storefronts, or portfolio links to share on your stream? Well, now you can use just one link thanks to Linktree.
It’s a launchpad where you can link pretty much everywhere you are online. It includes handy additional features like detailed traffic analytics and the ability to seamlessly collect tips and donations from your fans.
Linktree requires a subscription to unlock all of its features, but the most important ones—unlimited links, customization, video embedding, tips collection, and traffic analytics—are available for free under the basic plan.
Athenascope is an AI-powered tool for capturing memorable gaming moments and highlighting videos. The app analyzes your gameplay, sends your session to Athenascope servers, and then its AI identifies, clips, and highlights top moments for you and your fans to easily share.
It includes a weekly showcase feature that edits and stitches together a montage of your best plays.
Using Athenascope is completely free. You simply have to download the Windows app and create an account. Supported games include Apex Legends, Battlefield 2042, Bloodhunt, Call of Duty, Dead By Daylight, Destiny, Fortnite, Overwatch, Rocket League, Valorant, and more.
Many streamers like to play music between games to keep chat energized and maintain a chill vibe, but the type of music streamers can play has been greatly limited because of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) claims.
Twitch is infamous for banning streamers over copyright claims, so streamers are rightfully careful about what type of music they play during a broadcast.
Pretzel provides DMCA-safe music for Twitch streams and VODs. It features a robust music catalog that is regularly updated by Pretzel staff.
It includes a “what’s playing” bot, custom hotkeys for shortcuts, and music filters. It’s easy to integrate with other popular streamer tools like Streamlabs OBS.
5. Media Looper
Media Looper is a handy little tool that seamlessly adds social popups and sponsor banners on your stream while you’re streaming.
It’s a great promotion tool for streamers that can subtly remind your audience to subscribe using Twitch Prime and call out your social media, upcoming events, video highlights, or merch store.
The tool is available for free on Nerd or Die. It can easily be added to streaming software like OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, XSplit, and more. It supports files in .webm, .png, .jpg, .svg, .mp4, and .svg.
6. Touch Portal
Touch Portal is a multi-action remote control that lets you control software on your PC or mobile device. It features buttons that can be customized to do all sorts of tasks, including custom complex logic functions, making it a great alternative to the Stream Deck.
The tool can be used to control keyboard shortcuts, sounds, Windows/Mac functions, Twitter, Twitch, OBS, Streamlabs, XSplit, and more.
The pro version of Touch Portal can control a number of popular plugins, such as Discord, Spotify, iTunes, VoiceMeeter, VoiceMod, VLC, and more. It can also be used to control games like League of Legends, Minecraft, Elite Dangerous, and MS Flight Simulator.
Restream is a tool that lets you broadcast your stream on several social networks at once. It’s a great way to reach and engage your audience across multiple platforms simultaneously, including Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
You can use Restream to schedule streams across several platforms, engage with all viewers at once through multi-chat, and gain access to detailed performance analytics about your stream.
There are a variety of subscription options available, but the basic plan is free and lets you simultaneously stream on 30+ platforms without limits.
Voicemeeter is a virtual audio mixer that lets you control and split your PC’s audio. It gives you the ability to mix your voice with your music, in-game audio, or any PC sound.
It includes internal effects such as a 3-band EQ and a noise gate and compressor to help your voice stand out.
There are three versions of Voicemeeter with increasingly advanced features, allowing you to easily manage pretty much all sound sources from your PC. All three are “donationware” and are free to use, but you can purchase a license if you want to support the developers.
Auto-Duck is audio ducking software that works with apps, games, and devices. Ducking lets you control the levels of your audio signals; when you make one track quieter, another track gets louder.
Auto-Duck was specifically designed with streamers in mind. It gives you complete fading control over an unlimited number of channels. It is compatible with any recording or streaming software.
10. Crossclip & StreamLadder
Crossclip and StreamLadder are both free tools that can edit and convert your Twitch clips into videos for YouTube Shorts, TikTok, Instagram Reels, and Facebook.
For Crossclip, all you need to do is paste your Twitch clip URL or upload it from your local storage, edit your clip for mobile, and then upload it to your social media.
StreamLadder does the exact same thing and includes templates for the final result.
Both tools are free to use with premium plans that offer additional features such as, no watermark, higher resolution, additional templates/layers, higher upload limits, and more.
Snip is a simple tool that runs in the background and pulls artist, song, and album information from iTunes and Spotify. It saves that information to a file and can create text and image overlays for your stream.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the app, it sits in the system tray and automatically updates a file with information about the current playing song. You can set OBS to read the file every time it’s updated which allows you to add Spotify to OBS. Snip is free and only available on Windows.
VDO.Ninja is a streaming tool that broadcasts a live video from a smartphone, tablet, or remote PC directly into OBS Studio or other streaming software with a built-in browser.
It uses webRTC to stream video data from one peer to another. The tool creates an input URL for the remote streaming device that can access its camera and mic and an output URL you can load in your OBS browser.
VDO.Ninja enables you to stream low-latency, high-quality video from anywhere in the world. You can use it to turn your smartphone or tablet into a wireless remote camera, pull the video and audio of guests if you’re doing interviews, bring a friend’s game stream into your OBS for side-by-side gaming, and more.
It automatically records everything that happened before you clicked and creates a shareable clip. You can alternatively use the NeatClip website to input a URL for a VOD you want to clip.
NeatClip is free and very straightforward to use. It works with all streaming platforms, including Twitch, YouTube Live, Facebook, and more.
14. Creator Goals
Creator Goals is a tool by Twitch that lets you create follower and sub goals for your stream. You can use it to set daily goals, sub goals, subathon goals, or anything you want.
To add it to your stream, simply go to your Stream Manager and add Manage Goals, then click on it to set your creator goals. You can alternatively type “/goal” in chat to create a goal.
Viewers can view your goal by either clicking on the “Subscribe” button, or they can see it on an overlay on the stream. While everyone can create follower goals using this tool, only Twitch affiliates and partners can set sub goals.
Triggerfyre is a tool that creates triggers for your chat to use to activate media elements on your stream, such as images, sounds, videos, or GIFs. You can fine-tune your settings to specify user permissions (e.g., subs, VIPs, mods, etc.), cooldowns, and more.
You can also require channel points to activate a trigger as a fun way to encourage viewers to spend their points and interact with you.
Triggerfyre is free to use and easy to set up. If you don’t have the time or energy to deal with the specifics, then you have the option to give your trusted mods permission to set and modify the triggers for you.
Streamer tools provide new and fun ways for you to engage with your community and grow your channel. There are a lot of great Twitch tools and plugins out there, and finding the right ones for your stream setup will take some trial and error.
The list we’ve provided in this guide is by no means exhaustive, but it includes some of the best tools and plugins for Twitch streamers. Try a few and see which ones fit your channel’s vibe!