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OBS Studio for Mac

OBS Studio for Mac

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  • Latest Version

    OBS Studio 30.1.2 LATEST

  • Review by

    Sophia Jones

  • Operating System

    macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later

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OBS Studio for Mac is free and open-source software for video recording and live streaming, empowering users of all technical knowledge levels to capture and mix real-time video and audio from multiple sources and broadcast it to the internet. It includes support for full-screen capture, window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, and capture cards, covering the needs of home users, educators, students, and professionals.

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Today, OBS Studio is widely used by gamers, educators, and content creators to create high-quality video content for various platforms. The app supports hardware-accelerated video processing, which can dramatically reduce the strain on CPU performance, freeing the computer to be focused on other tasks while the live stream session is active.

Users can also take full control over the look and feel of their livestream, with an incredible variety of tools for the management of cameras, audio mixing, video transitions, on-screen effects, and many other production services. Finally, the video streams produced by this app can be automatically routed to the largest and most popular video streaming platforms, such as YouTube, Twitch, and others, empowering all users to produce a high-quality video stream to worldwide audiences without any need for custom hardware or expensive video editing software.

Mac users can use this app for recording and live streaming on all modern desktop and laptop hardware running macOS 11.0 or newer.

  • Screen Capture – Capture desktop or active app screen in HD quality and stream it high quality.
  • Video Recording – Set recording options for high-quality video capture, and securely save it on local storage.
  • Video Broadcasting – Easily broadcast video content live to various platforms, including Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook.
  • Neat and Clean Interface – Take full control over the recording and broadcasts with a streamlined interface that promotes easy discovery of all its tools.
  • Customizable Look and Controls – Modify the video production dashboard to best fit your needs, with full access to customizing keyboards and other accessories.
  • Optimize Video Quality – Monitor up to 8 different scenes concurrently, cue transitions, and control the video quality of the final broadcast stream.
Installation and Setup

To get this app up and running on any modern Mac, users simply must download the automated installer from the official website, digital software distribution platform Steam, or our secure FileHorse servers.

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The app is optimized for both Intel-based Macs and the newest Apple Silicon hardware. To install the app, simply follow the on-screen instructions, and the app will automatically install itself, and detect the on-board video processing hardware, microphones, webcams, and other accessories.

How to Use

Upon the first start of the app, users will be required to perform an initial setup where they will pick the video processing quality, select webcams, and microphone, configure capture cards, and create scenes from the available camera sources. Advanced controls include the setup for on-screen elements, animated scene transitions, and more.

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New users can learn much more about the hidden features of this highly capable recording and broadcasting utility via official documentation and a large number of community tutorials.

User Interface

OBS Studio features a user-friendly dashboard that is easy to navigate. Users can easily set up their recording scenes, manage webcam feeds, eliminate greenscreen for more streamlined host integration on recorded videos, and manage the flow of the live stream sessions with a wide array of shortcuts and command buttons.

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All in all, even novices can learn to easily manage this recording and broadcasting utility with ease.


What is OBS Studio for macOS?
It is free and open-source software for video recording and live streaming, with full support for hardware-accelerated video processing that leaves most system resources available for the processing of apps and video games.

Is it safe?
Yes, this is a widely used and trusted application that receives regular stability, security, and functionality upgrades.


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This app is 100% free for download and use. There are no hidden fees or subscriptions for unlocking additional tools and features.

System Requirements

This Mac app can be natively used on both Intel and Apple Silicon hardware. Minimum system requirements are as follows:
  • OS: macOS 11.0 or newer
  • CPU: Intel quadcore (M1/M2 is recommended)
  • Memory: 4GB of RAM (8GB is recommended)
  • Storage: 800MB of free space
  • Free and open-source software.
  • Easy to use and navigate.
  • Customizable controls and hotkeys.
  • Ability to manage quality and monitor multiple scenes.
  • Compatible with various platforms.
  • Hardware-accelerated video processing.
  • Built-in broadcasting to most popular video streaming platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook.
  • Requires some technical knowledge for optimal customization.

OBS Studio for Mac is a powerful and versatile tool for video recording and live streaming on Mac computers, with full support for broadcast customization, advanced video effects, scene management, and integration with popular streaming platforms. Its ease of use and compatibility with various platforms make it a valuable utility for anyone wishing to stream their desktop, apps, or games to the internet.

Also Available: Download OBS Studio for Windows

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What's new in this version:

- Fixed NVENC failing with old drivers/devices
- Reverted: Changed default recording format to fMP4/fMOV for stable releases