Recommendations for transferring Live Projects from one machine to another

  • Live Versions: 8 - 9
  • Operating System: ALL


Live’s file format is cross-platform compatible. It can be opened in Live on Windows and Mac systems. The Live Set file contains all relevant data, including MIDI notes and mappings, automation events, the reference to audio files, information about loaded devices and 3rd party plug-ins etc.

Audio files, Max for Live devices and 3rd party plug-ins are not stored within a Project file. For a flawless transfer of your Live project from one computer to another please follow the recommendations outlines below.


  • Install the latest version of Live on both machines
  • Authorize the same configuration on both computers, e.g. Live Standard.
  • Install the same additional content packs on both machines

Audio Files

Before transferring a project, copy all audio files used in a project into the project folder by using the command "Collect all and Save" from Live’s File menu.

Max for Live Devices

Max for Live devices can be copied into the project folder by using the command "Collect all and Save" from Live’s File menu. In case the devices have been installed with a Live Pack, you may just make sure to install the according pack on both machines.

3rd party Plug-Ins

When transferring projects between Mac and Windows it’s recommended to use VST plug-ins on both systems. Live will load the according VST plug-in if it’s installed and can be identified. Audio Unit plug-ins are running on Mac only.

Additional Information

Most of the recommendations also apply when exchanging Live Projects with another Live user. Please note that a Live Set created for example with Live Suite may exceed feature limitations when opened in a smaller version of Live, like Live Standard, Intro or Lite. In this case Live can be switched into demo mode in order to open the file. But changes can’t be saved then.
In general a Live Set can always be opened in a smaller version of Live as long as it doesn’t exceed the feature limitations of this version. This can be achieved for example by removing devices which are not contained in the smaller version of Live, lowering the number of tracks etc.