Getting Started

This guide will help you with installing Chatty and getting familiar with some of it's features.

Download & Installation

From the Chatty Website you can download either a .zip-Archive which you need to extract or an Installer which will guide you through the installation.

How you start Chatty depends on the version you downloaded and your OS, but usually you'd double-click on either the Chatty.jar or Chatty.exe. (See the help if Chatty won't start.)

Update Chatty

If you want to update from an already installed older version of Chatty then you may be able to simply use the built-in update function which downloads the most recent installer and guides you through the update process. If you update manually, then simply extract the .zip or install the Installer into the same folder Chatty is already in and overwrite the old files.

Whether you install Chatty into the same folder or not, your settings are by default stored separately and should stay the same when you upgrade to a new version.

When you start a new version for the first time it will open the Release Information, which may contain information about changes that could require your attention.

Note: If you downgrade to an older version of Chatty, some settings (that the older version didn't have yet) may be lost.

Creating a login

If you are starting Chatty for the first time, you will have to request login data from Twitch so Chatty can connect to chat on your behalf (among other things).

In the Connect-dialog, click on Configure Account and then Request login data and simply follow the instructions. Once you successfully created the login, close the dialog until you get back to the Connect-dialog. (There is a Guide on what to do when getting login data fails.)

Join channels (and leave channels)

In the Connect-dialog enter the name of the channel you want to join in the Channel: input box. The name of the channel is the same as the name of the stream. You can enter more than one channel name to join by seperating them with a comma. To connect simply press Enter or click on Connect. After connecting, it will automatically join the channels you specified.

Even after connecting you can join additional channels via Channels - Join Channel or entering the command /join <channelname> in the inputbox (e.g. /join joshimuz).

You can leave channels by right-clicking anywhere in the channel and selecting Close Channel from the context menu or right-clicking on the channel's tab (only available if there is more than one channel) and selecting Close from the context menu.

Chatting and Moderating

Inputbox Features


Also check out the options to pause chat and timing out users via shortcuts only.

User Dialog with moderation buttons

Information about the current stream

Chatty regulary requests information about the current stream, which is displayed in the titlebar and the Channel Info-dialog.

Chatty Title and Tabs

You can open the Channel Info via the View-menu or the channel context menu (right-click anywhere on the channel). The Channel Info contains the current title/game but also a history of the Viewercount and previous title/games (if you hover over points).

Chatty Channel Info Dialog

Get notified about streams you follow that go live (and join them)

Open the Live Channels-window via Channels - Live Channels to open up a list of streams you follow that are currently live or streams whose channel you have currently joined that are currently live.

(You need to have the required access with your login data to see streams you follow.)

You can enable/disable showing streams you follow in the Settings - Notifications. There you can also configure what kind of Tray Notification you want to have pop up for stream status changes or highlighted messages.

To join channels directly out of the Live Channels-dialog right-click on a stream to open the context menu and then select Join channel to join the channel for that stream and if you want also open the stream in your browser or Streamlink.

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