Setting up Max for Live with Live 9

  • Live Versions: 9
  • Operating System: ALL


To use Max for Live with Live 9 it is necessary to install Max 7.  You can find the download for the latest Max 7 update by visiting your Ableton User Account page.

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Unzip the downloaded file, launch the Max installer and follow the instructions to install Max on your computer.

Note: For OSX users, please ensure you have ejected the Ableton Live installer .dmg before running the Max 7 installation. This will ensure that the correct settings are installed and will avoid this error.


Once the Max 7 installation has completed, open Live and go to Preferences → File/Folder in order to point Live to the folder where Max is installed.

Note: for Live 9 Standard users who purchased Max for Live separately, you will need to re-authorize Live 9 after installing Max, but before choosing Max in Live's preferences.

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Running Max standalone

Please note that you cannot authorize the stand-alone version of Max 7 with your Max for Live serial. You will receive an error message if you do so as these are two different products.

Live and Max communicate internally and you will never need to launch the Max application manually when using Max for Live.

If you are interested in running Max/MSP in standalone mode outside of Ableton, you can find cross-grade offers for this on the Cycling74 webpage.

Installing Max for Live content

Visit the Your Packs section of your User Account page and browse for the available Max for Live content by using the respective Max for Live filter.


In order to install the downloaded content just drag and drop the Live Packs onto Live's program window.

Alternatively, you can go to the File menu item in Live, choose Install Live Pack.. and point the browser to the location where the Live Packs have been downloaded.

To get started with Max for Live by reading this article.