Where do you I find my Audio Units (AU) folder on a Mac?

Where do you I find my Audio Units (AU) folder compared to the separate VST folder on on a Mac?  In order for me to run my NI Maschine through my APC40 I must use the AU and only my VST's show up in the Ableton GUI.


I do apologize if this has been posted many times before, just an honest questions, I dont mean to piss anybody off.  Thank you!




cea1991 6 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Ableton_Support Ableton staff
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    hi there!

    The following System folders are the default installation folders for plug-ins on Mac:

    Macintosh HD:/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/ (AU)
    Macintosh HD:/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/ (VST)

    Certain plug-ins may install themselves to the <user> folder. This folder is hidden by default, here's how to access hidden folders.

    Macintosh HD:/Users/[Your Username]/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/ (AU)
    Macintosh HD:/Users/[Your Username]/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/ (VST)

    Check our article for more information:


    6 months ago | 0 comments
  • johncjensen
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    First things first, use (Command + Comma ',') to open up the ableton preferences. Navigate to the "File | Folder" Tab. Under there will be a section on "Plug-in Sources" Make sure "Use Audio Units" is On and Yellow.


    if you do need to find where they are located on your mac hdd use this file structure path

    Macintosh HDD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components

    I'm not sure why they call them "Components" but that is where all of the AU's are stored. The one major difference that I have personally noticed is that all of the AU files are in one folder and Ableton will automatically sort them in the GUI by Manufacture Name.


    Hope this helps,



    6 years ago | 0 comments
  • Jakob / Cableguys
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    Audio Units can be found in two folders.


    Either in the folder for all users:


    Or in your home folder:


    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • enwai
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    The problem is: my plug in folder is empty!

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • bottomEnd
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    Make sure you are in the correct /Library (the ~/Library). You need to be in the {drive}/Library/Audio/Plugins/Components and *not* /Users/{userName}/Library/Audio/Plugins/Components.

    NOTE: Later versions of Mac OSX hide the ~/Library, so you may only see the /User/../Library.

    If you feel brave, in the Terminal type:

        chflags nohidden ~/Library/

    This will show the ~/Library where AU Components are kept.


    4 years ago | 1 comment
  • mikekim
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    for some reason some of my audio units do not show up even after i install them. and some other ones say that the audio unit is not compatible? any answers?

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • appdog
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    I had the same issue and restarting Ableton after following the answer of johncjensen the component appeared in the Plug-Ins category.

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • drummerboyfarr
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    Where are presets stored?


    I can choose a location to store new ones, but can't locate the factory presets (in my PSP plugs..)

    1 year ago | 0 comments

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