MacOS Compatibility with Live

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

macOS 10.14 Mojave Compatibility

  • Live 10.0.6 and higher is fully functional with Mojave, though not yet officially compatible. You may receive certain notifications the first time you launch Live which need to be approved. See "One-time notifications with 10.14" below.
  • Live 9 is not officially compatible with 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 "One-time notifications with 10.14" below.

One-time notifications with 10.14:

This popup may appear the first time that you launch Live after upgrading to Mojave. You need to click "Ok", otherwise all inputs will be disabled (not just the microphone). In case you clicked "Don't allow" you can still grant Ableton Live the necessary permissions in System Preferences → Security/Privacy → Privacy.

Starting with macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, apps that have not been updated to use 64-bit processes produce a one-time alert when opened. This gives users advance notice that they are running 32-bit software, which will not be compatible with macOS in the future. If you receive this notification when starting Live, just click "OK". It doesn't affect the functionality of Live in any way, nor does it pose any security or stability risks.

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  • Known Issues: Certain 32-bit VST plug-ins that make use of outdated versions of the JUCE framework seem to have drawing problems with the plug-in GUI.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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