VST/ AU plug-in doesn't appear in Live

  • Live Versions: All
  • Operating System: All

In case a plug-in is not showing up in Live's plug-in folder, please take the following steps:

Ensure you have the correct versions of the plug-ins installed

  • 32-bit plug-ins will not show up in the 64-bit version of Live, and vice versa. Ensure that you install the correct version of the plug-in depending on which version of Live you are using.
  • Some modern plug-ins are only available in 64-bit (such as Kontakt as of version 5.1). If you are using the 32-bit version of Live, these will not show up.
  • Some older plug-ins are only available in 32-bit and will not show up in the 64-bit version of Live.
  • It's not recommended to store the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of plug-ins in the same folder. 

Update the plug-in

Check the manufacturer's website and make sure you have installed the latest version of the plug-in. 

Ensure you have installed the plug-in in the correct location

Check the default installation locations here:

Perform a rescan of the plug-ins folder

Hold ALT/Option and press "Rescan plug-ins" in Live's preferences in the File/Folder section. This will perform a rescan of all installed plug-ins.

Make sure you are installing a VST2 plug-in - VST3 is not supported

VST3 is not supported in Live. If you are trying to install a VST3 plug-in, check to see if there is a VST2 version instead. If on Mac, there may be an AU version available.

Don't move the standalone or VST versions after installing (Win only)

  • VST plug-ins might stop working when the stand-alone application of the plug-in gets moved, renamed or uninstalled.
  • It's recommended to always install VSTs directly to the correct destination folder, rather than manually moving the DLL file afterwards.

Use Admin rights (Win only)

Certain plug-ins require Live to run with admin rights. For example plug-ins which offer the possibility to drag MIDI clips from the plug-in into Live, like Toontrack's EZDrummer.