Resetting OBS Studio Configurations: macOS, Windows, and Linux

Resetting OBS Studio to its factory settings or clearing its cache can help resolve various issues or start fresh with a clean configuration.

Note: Resetting OBS Studio will remove all your custom settings, profiles, scenes, and sources. Make sure to back up any important configurations before proceeding.

For Windows:

  1. Close OBS Studio: Ensure OBS Studio is not running. If it is, right-click the OBS Studio icon in your system tray and choose "Exit."
  2. Locate OBS Configuration Folder:
    • Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.
    • Type %appdata% and press Enter. This will open the AppData/Roaming folder.
    • Navigate to the obs-studio folder inside the obs-plugins folder.
  3. Backup Configurations (Optional): If you want to keep a backup of your settings, scenes, and profiles, copy the entire obs-studio folder to another location.
  4. Delete Configuration Files:
    • Inside the obs-studio folder, delete everything except the basic folder.
    • Navigate to the basic folder and delete its contents as well.
  5. Resetting Cache (Optional): To reset the cache, delete the contents of the cache folder inside the obs-studio folder. This can help resolve issues related to cached data.
  6. Restart OBS Studio: After deleting the files, restart OBS Studio.

For macOS:

  1. Close OBS Studio: Make sure OBS Studio is not running. If it is, go to OBS Studio in the menu bar and select "Quit OBS Studio."
  2. Locate OBS Configuration Folder:
    • Open a Finder window.
    • Click on "Go" in the top menu and select "Go to Folder..."
    • Enter ~/.config/obs-studio and click "Go."
  3. Backup Configurations (Optional): If you want to keep a backup of your settings, scenes, and profiles, copy the entire obs-studio folder to another location.
  4. Delete Configuration Files:
    • Inside the obs-studio folder, delete everything except the basic folder.
    • Navigate to the basic folder and delete its contents as well.
  5. Resetting Cache (Optional): To reset the cache, delete the contents of the cache folder inside the obs-studio folder. This can help resolve issues related to cached data.
  6. Restart OBS Studio: After deleting the files, restart OBS Studio.

For Linux (Ubuntu as an example):

  1. Close OBS Studio: Ensure OBS Studio is not running. You can use the pkill obs command in the terminal to forcefully close it if needed.
  2. Locate OBS Configuration Folder:
    • Open a terminal window.
    • Enter cd ~/.config/obs-studio to navigate to the OBS Studio configuration folder.
  3. Backup Configurations (Optional): If you want to keep a backup of your settings, scenes, and profiles, copy the entire obs-studio folder to another location.
  4. Delete Configuration Files:
    • Inside the obs-studio folder, delete everything except the basic folder.
    • Navigate to the basic folder and delete its contents as well.
  5. Resetting Cache (Optional): To reset the cache, delete the contents of the cache folder inside the obs-studio folder. This can help resolve issues related to cached data.
  6. Restart OBS Studio: After deleting the files, restart OBS Studio.

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