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How to install OBS on MacOS 10.15 (Catalina)

We recommend the use of the free, open-source software called Open Broadcast Studio (OBS) Software for Apple MacOS.  It allows for significant flexibility in viewing, recording, and exporting.  Installing with the new version of Catalina has a number of additional steps you’ll need to complete due to additional security protocols implemented by Apple.


A.) Download

Browse to the OBS Download page and download the installer

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B.) Open Installer and Move into Apps

After opening the installer, drag the OBS icon into the Applications folder.

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B.) Open OBS for the first time

Find the Applications folder and then double-click to open OBS for the first time


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A.) Confirm Download

Click Open to the dialog confirming you have downloaded the file online.

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B.) Grant Microphone Access

Click Ok to allow OBS to access the microphone for your recordings.

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C.) Optimize for Recording

Select Optimize Just for Recording… in the options list.

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D.) Confirm Frames per Second

Select 30 from the dropdown list for FPS and keep the Base (Canvas) Resolution recommended then click Next.

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E.) Apply Settings

Click Apply Settings to confirm the recommendations of the Auto-Configuration Wizard.  You can always changes these settings manually.

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F.) Grant Keyboard Access

In order to use our keyboard shortcuts, it is necessary to grant keyboard access to OBS.  Here are the steps:

  1. Click Open System Preferences
  2. Click the lock icon and then type in your password to grant access
  3. Check the box next to OBS
  4. Click Later when asked to close OBS
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G.) Grant Microphone Access

Click Ok to allow OBS to add audio to your recordings.  Make sure there is a check box next to OBS in your Security & Privacy Settings

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H.) Allow Updates

It is recommended that you allow OBS to check for updates by clicking Check Automatically.


Using the resolution and file found in the OBS Templates page, download the template into your Downloads folder and then continue with the below steps to import your template.

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A.) Import Scene Collection

From the top menu bar, select Scene Collection and then select Import.

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B.) Allow File and Downloads Folder Access

In order to load the template file as well as save video files, OBS will need access to your local Documents and Downloads folders.  Click Ok to both prompts.

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C.) Select Downloaded File

Navigate to your file and then click Open to import the downloaded template. 

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C.) Select Imported Template

In the Scene Collection menu at the top select the template you just imported from the bottom of the list by clicking on it.

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D.) Grant Camera Access

After selecting the template, please click Ok to allow OBS to access your cameras.


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A.) Open System Preferences

In the Apple menu, click System Preferences 

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B.) Open Security & Privacy

In the system preferences, open the Security & Privacy application by clicking the icon.

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C.) Confirm Access

Please confirm the following sections have a check box next to OBS:

  • Camera
  • Microphone
  • Input Monitoring (Keyboard)
  • Files and Folders

Setup for OBS for MacOS Complete!