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How to Install OBS Streaming Software on a Mac

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Introduction

OBS, or Open Broadcaster Software, is a free, open source software package that allows you to record or stream what's displayed on your computer screen, as well as other sources. You can stream to services such as YouTube or Twitch, and record in a variety of different formats to either edit later or publish to video sharing websites. This guide will walk you through installing the software on a Mac.
OBS

1 Install OBS Studio for macOS

  1. Open your preferred browser, and visit the OBS Studio homepage.
    OBS Studio homepage
    Browser with address entered and highlighted.
  2. On the OBS page, select the button for macOS to download the latest version.
    OBS page with macOS download link highlighted.
  3. Once downloaded, open the package.
    Safari browser with download highlighted.
  4. In most cases, security preferences will prevent you from installing the package from the web. Select OK.
    Install blocked with OK highlighted.
  5. Select the Apple menu, and select System Preferences.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with System Preferences highlighted.
  6. In System Preferences, select Security & Privacy.
    Security and Privacy Preferences
  7. On the General tab, at the bottom, your Mac will remember you just tried to open the OBS installer. Select Open Anyway.
    Security and Privacy Preferences with General tab and Open Anyway highlighted.
  8. Your Mac will ask if you are sure, select Open.
    Security prompt with Open highlighted.
  9. The Installer Welcome screen will open, select Continue.
    Installer Welcome screen with Continue highlighted.
  10. For the Destination, select your primary mac drive, and select Continue.
    Install Destination with hard drive and Continue highlighted.
  11. The installer will tell you how much space is needed. Select Install.
    Install type with Install highlighted.
  12. Your Mac will ask permission to install the software. Enter your Mac password and select Install Software.
    Install software prompt with password and Install Software highlighted.
  13. Once complete, select Close.
    Summary with Close highlighted.
  14. With OBS installed, we don't need the installer any longer. Select Move to Trash.
    Keep Installer prompt with Move to Trash highlighted.

Opening OBS

OBS installs to your Applications folder.

  1. Select Finder. From the menu at top, select Go, then Applications.
    Finder
    Finder menu bar with Go menu and Applications highlighted.
  2. Double-Click OBS.
    OBS

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OBS, or Open Broadcaster Software, is a free, open source software package that allows you to record or stream what's displayed on your computer screen, as well as other sources. You can stream to services such as YouTube or Twitch, and record in a variety of different formats to either edit later or publish to video sharing websites. This guide will walk you through installing the software on a Mac.
OBS
  1. Open your preferred browser, and visit the OBS Studio homepage.
    OBS Studio homepage
    Browser with address entered and highlighted.
  2. On the OBS page, select the button for macOS to download the latest version.
    OBS page with macOS download link highlighted.
  3. Once downloaded, open the package.
    Safari browser with download highlighted.
  4. In most cases, security preferences will prevent you from installing the package from the web. Select OK.
    Install blocked with OK highlighted.
  5. Select the Apple menu, and select System Preferences.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with System Preferences highlighted.
  6. In System Preferences, select Security & Privacy.
    Security and Privacy Preferences
  7. On the General tab, at the bottom, your Mac will remember you just tried to open the OBS installer. Select Open Anyway.
    Security and Privacy Preferences with General tab and Open Anyway highlighted.
  8. Your Mac will ask if you are sure, select Open.
    Security prompt with Open highlighted.
  9. The Installer Welcome screen will open, select Continue.
    Installer Welcome screen with Continue highlighted.
  10. For the Destination, select your primary mac drive, and select Continue.
    Install Destination with hard drive and Continue highlighted.
  11. The installer will tell you how much space is needed. Select Install.
    Install type with Install highlighted.
  12. Your Mac will ask permission to install the software. Enter your Mac password and select Install Software.
    Install software prompt with password and Install Software highlighted.
  13. Once complete, select Close.
    Summary with Close highlighted.
  14. With OBS installed, we don't need the installer any longer. Select Move to Trash.
    Keep Installer prompt with Move to Trash highlighted.

Opening OBS

OBS installs to your Applications folder.

  1. Select Finder. From the menu at top, select Go, then Applications.
    Finder
    Finder menu bar with Go menu and Applications highlighted.
  2. Double-Click OBS.
    OBS