MacOS Compatibility with Live

  • Live Versions: 10, 9
  • Operating System: Mac 10.7 and later

macOS 10.14 "Mojave" Compatibility

  • Live 10 is not yet fully compatible with macOS Mojave. Due to new security protocols on Mojave, when launching Live for the first time you'll need to grant certain permissions to ensure full functionality. As long as you click "OK" to each dialog box there will be no functional impact. An update for Live will be released in the future with full Mojave compliance. See "Known Issues" below.
  • Live 9 is not officially compatible with macOS Mojave. The last OS version that is officially supported with Live 9 is 10.13 "High Sierra". Although Live 9 may work with 10.14, we cannot guarantee 100% functionality. See "Known Issues" below.

Known issues with 10.14 Mojave:

Mojave now requires you to give explicit permission to certain programs to access specific functions. When opening Live a dialog might display one or more of the following messages:

  1. "Ableton Live" would like to access the microphone. 
  2. "Ableton Live" would like to access contacts.
  3. "Ableton Live" would like to control this computer using accessibility features.
  4. Software associated with "Ableton Live" is not optimised for your Mac and needs to be updated.

Important: You need to click "OK" to give Live the correct permissions to enable full functionality. In case you clicked "Don't allow" you can still grant Ableton Live the necessary permissions in System Preferences ---> Security/Privacy ---> Privacy.

macOS 10.13 "High Sierra" Compatibility

macOS 10.12 "Sierra" Compatibility

  • Live 10: Live 10 is fully compatible.
  • Live 9: The latest version of Live 9 (download from your User Account)
  • Max for Live: The latest version of Max for Live (download from your User Account)

OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" Compatibility

  • Live 10: Live 10 is fully compatible.
  • Live 9: The latest version of Live 9 (download from your User Account)
  • Max for Live: The latest version of Max for Live (download from your User Account)

OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" Compatibility

  • Live 10: Live 10 is not supported on versions of MacOS earlier than 10.11
  • Live 9: The latest version of Live 9 (download from your User Account)
  • Max for Live: The latest version of Max for Live (download from your User Account)
  • Known Issues: Certain 32-bit VST plug-ins that make use of outdated versions of the JUCE framework seem to have drawing problems with the plug-in GUI. The symptoms are: completely empty plug-in windows, misaligned UI elements, not being able to close the plug-in window. If you experience such issues, we recommend using the 64-bit versions of these plug-ins, if available, and contacting the plug-in developer for additional information. Users encountering errors while exporting audio/video may be using a Live zoom setting other than 100%. If you experience such errors, please reset the zoom to 100% to complete the export. 

OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" Compatibility

  • Live 10: Live 10 is not supported on versions of MacOS earlier than 10.11
  • Live 9: The latest version of Live 9 (download from your User Account)
  • Max for Live: The latest version of Max for Live (download from your User Account)

OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" Compatibility

  • Live 10: Live 10 is not supported on versions of MacOS earlier than 10.11
  • Live 9: The latest version of Live (download from your User Account)
  • Max for Live: The latest version of Max for Live (download from your User Account)

OS X 10.7 "Lion" Compatibility

  • Live 10: Live 10 is not supported on versions of MacOS earlier than 10.11
  • Live 9: The latest version of Live (download from your User Account)
  • Max for Live: The latest version of Max for Live (download from your User Account)

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Important: When updating to any new Operating System, please make sure that all of your third party plug-ins, hardware drivers and other software programs are officially supported on that OS. There's always a risk that a new OS could introduce unforeseen problems or incompatibilities. Make backups of any important data before upgrading your operating system. If you are working on any time-critical projects, we recommend staying with your current OS for the time being. If you upgrade and experience any problems, please contact Ableton support.

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