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SMG Music display is a program that helps you share what you're listening to with your viewers. This guide will help you through the process. This guide assumes you're using OBS as your streaming software.

This guide covers the following topics

  • Installation
  • Setting up your music player
  • Adding a music ticker to OBS
  • Styling the music ticker
  • Getting help


After you purchased SMG, you will have received a license key, and you can install SMG. Start by, downloading the latest version of SMG. The installer guides you through the process of installing.

The first screen of the installer

Read the license agreement, accept it after you've read it (you didn't read it, did you? haha). On the last screen, there's an option to let SMG start-up along with Windows, so you don't have to start it up manually every time you stream. It's recommended to check this box if you stream regularly.

Tick the add to startup box

Setting up your music player

To get started with sharing music, you'll first need to pick your music player. We'll start with Spotify, but for this guide you can use any other music player as long as they're programs downloaded to your computer, and not websites like YouTube, Soundcloud, Pandora or TuneIn.

First of all, open Spotify and play your favorite song.

Next, open SMG and select 'Spotify Desktop' from the select your music player dropdown menu.

select spotify

Press start, and SMG should show you what song is playing in Spotify.

we're listening to Hong Kong, by Gorillaz

The process is the same for any other music player, start a music player, select the player in SMG, and press start.

Note, SMG remembers what music player you selected last time. To save you a lot of time, the next time you start-up SMG, it will automatically pick-up songs from the music player you were using previously. Try it out, close SMG and restart it, you'll see that it's picking up songs from Spotify!

Adding a music ticker to OBS

The last step is to connect SMG to your streaming program, OBS in this example.

First, open OBS, and add a new widget to your scene, the widget you'll need is called Text (GDI+)

Add the Text GDI+ widget to your OBS layout

A settings window will pop up.

  1. Check the Read from file option
  2. Click browse, and find the current_song.txt file. It is usually found at C:/Program files (x86)/SMG Music Display/current_song.txt, otherwise, you can find the file location in SMG itself. Click the options tab, and the path is shown next to Change Output Directory.
  3. Click OK, this is everything that's needed to connect SMG with OBS

Select the current_song.txt file in the OBS widget

Your music ticker is now ready, whenever a new song starts playing, OBS will show the new song.

Styling the ticker

Of course, the music ticker is working but it's looking rather basic. You can personalize the ticker by going back to the widget's options. How you style the ticker is entirely up to you. There will be another guide on how to make your ticker style your ticker, integrate it into your layout, etc, with some tips elsewhere.

You can move the ticker anywhere on your stream, just like you can with any other OBS widget,

Getting help

Is something not working right, or do you need more help? You can reach out via Twitter or send an e-mail to

There are (and will be) other guides that help with specific issues, or go deeper into SMG's more advanced use-cases and features.