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Twitch for WordPress – Documentation

Here you find all relevant information, instructions and tips for installing, configuring and using the Twitch for WordPress plugin. This site will be kept up2date and offers you a comfortable and smooth start.

Technical requirements

Please ensure that your web hosting meets the following requirements:

  • PHP 5.3 or later
  • MySQL 5.0.3 or later
  • WordPress 3.4 or later (tested up to the current version)
  • PHP curl extension installed

In general the above-mentioned requirements are easily met by all web hosting providers. For a fast Wordpress WebHosting we recommend Bluehost.

Plugin installation

Installation via WordPress Dashboard

  • Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  • Search for ‘twitch for wordpress’
  • Click ‘Install Now’
  • Activate the plugin on the Plugin dashboard

Installation via Uploader

  • Login to your WordPress dashboard
  • Navigate to Plugins and click Add New
  • Click “Upload Plugin”
  • Select the previously downloaded zip file and confirm by clicking Install Now

Installation via FTP

  • Extract the downloaded.zip file on your computer
  • Upload the extracted directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  • Login to your WordPress dashboard
  • Navigate to Plugins and activate the plugin

That’s it!

Inside the following chapters, you learn how to configure and use the plugin correctly.

Twitch API Credentials

As you know, our plugin makes use of the official Twitch™ API in order to fetch data of streams and their users.

Without having access to their API, you’re not able to use our plugin. So let’s dig into the process of creating your Twitch™ application and get the required API credentials.

Step 1: Register your Application

Visit https://glass.twitch.tv/console/apps/create and register a new application for your website.

Twitch API – Register Application
Field Description
Name Enter a name for your application which describes your use case at best:
e.g. My Website Integration
OAuth Redirect URL Enter the URL of your website: e.g. https://my-domain.com
Category Select Website Integration

Click on Create and follow the next step.

Step 2: Get your API credentials

After creating your application, you got redirected to the applications overview page. Here click on “Manage” besides the recently created application.

Twitch API – Applications Overview

On the “Manage Application” screen you can find your personal API credentials which will be used for making API calls.

Twitch API – Manage Application

Plugin Settings

The plugin settings page can be found when navigating as follows: Settings – Twitch.

Settings: Quickstart, Licensing & API Section
Settings: Quickstart, Licensing & API Section

Licensing (Pro Version only)

In order to make use of our pro version and regularly receive updates, please enter your license key which can be found in your purchase confirmation email.


Please enter your Client ID which must be created as shown in section 2 of this documentation.

Settings: General & Defaults Section


Cache Duration
Data which was fetched from the API will be temporarily stored in order to improve the page loading time. After expiration, the API will be called again and the stored data renewed.

In case you’re using a caching plugin, it makes no sense to select a lower value than the caching interval of your caching plugin.

No Streams Found
Specify what happens when no streams were found: Either show the message “No streams found.”, hide it or only show it to site administrators.

This setting is very helpful if you want to want to display streams of a certain game, in a certain language. For instance: Showing Hearthstone streams in German language only.

The following styles are available:

Name Value Free Version Pro Version
Default white yes yes
Dark dark no yes
Light light no yes
Navy Blue navy no yes
Green green no yes

A demonstration of all different styles can be found on the demo page.

The following sizes are available:

Name Value Description
Large large Displays all streams in a large template.
Small small Displays all streams in a small template.
First Large, Others Small large-first Displays the first stream in a large template, all following streams in a small template.

A demonstration of all different sizes can be found on the demo page.

Preview Types
The following preview types are available:

Name Value Description
Image image Displays all streams by showing an image.
Video video Displays all streams by showing live videos.
First Video, Others Images video-first Displays the first stream as live video, all following streams as images.

A demonstration of all different preview types can be found on the demo page.

Settings: Data, Help & Log Section

API Related Data
Here you can take a look into the data which comes from the API and will be used as options for selecting a stream’s language, game etc.

This data is only relevant when placing streams via shortcodes. (Pro Version only)

Help & Support
Here you can find further information when running into any technical issues.

How-to add a game via ID

Because the Twitch API only returns the top 100 games by default, it may happen that your desired game is not included.

In this case, you can add the game manually. For this, you need the game ID, which you can find out via your browser.

  1. Visit the detail page of the game you want to add, e.g. https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/Fortnite
  2. Open your browser’s Web Developer Tools with a right-click on a free area and select Inspect element. Alternatively, you can use the browser’s menu or keyboard shortcut
  3. Go to the Network tab and filter the results by XHR
  4. Look for a row with the file name gpl and click on it
  5. Now you should find a response object with an ID and a numeric value, which is the actual game ID

Twitch WordPress: How-to find game id

Please be aware that the workflow and interface might look different when using another browser.

Now that you have found out the Game ID, you can enter it in the plugin settings and save it.

Twitch WordPress: How to add game id

Display Streams on the front end

There are two ways for displaying streams on the front end of your website:

Display Streams via Widgets

Widget: Form

The Widgets page can be found when navigating as follows: Design – Widgets.

A widget expects either that you input the username of at least one stream, or selecting a game.

The username of a streamer. For instance: dreamhackcs

Comma separate multiple streamers as follows: dreamhackcs,RiotGames2

Choose from all available games.

Maximum Amount of Streams
Define the maximum amount of streams which will be shown. Only in the pro version, you can show more than 3 streams.

Hide offline streams
When showing certain streamer, you may want to hide streams which are currently not live.

Ordering (Pro Version only)
You may want to order streams by certain criteria such as name, game, viewer or views.

Display Streams via Shortcodes (Pro Version only)

The default shortcode expects either the username of at least one streamer or a valid game id.

Display streamer

[twitch streamer="dreamhackcs" /]

Multiple streamers can be placed by comma separating their usernames as follows:

[twitch streamer="dreamhackcs,RiotGames2" /]


Display by game

[twitch game="18122" max="5" /]


Here you can find an overview of all shortcode attributes and their accepted values:

Attribute Values Description
streamer Usernames Comma separate if you want to display more than one streamer
game Numeric values The game ids can be found on the plugin settings page, under “API Related Data”.
max Numbers from 1 to 20 The maximum amount of streams which will be shown.
hide_offline true Only make use of this, if you want to hide streams which are offline.
style See styles section above Define a certain style for the output.
size See sizes section above Define a certain size for the output.
preview See preview section above Define a certain preview type for the output.
orderby name, game, viewer, views Order streams by certain criteria.
order asc, desc The define the order: Either ascending or descending (default).
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