Plug-in does not appear in the plug-in browser on OSX Intel Mac

  • Live Versions: 5.2.2 - 9
  • Operating System: OS X Intel


A VST/AU plug-in does not appear in the VST browser on OS X Intel Mac.


The VST/AU plug-in is an outdated PowerPC file and only works on PPC Macs, but not on Intel machines.


Check if the plug-in exists in UB (=Universal Binary) format and update the plug-in to this format.

To check if a plug-in is UB:

  • Open the folder in which your plug-ins are installed.
  • On a Mac you have 2 system folders where plug-ins are usually installed by default:
    • Macintosh HD:/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST (for VST plug-ins)
Macintosh HD:/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components (for AU plug-ins)
  • Locate the problematic plug-in file and select it.
  • Press cmd+i to bring up the Info window.
  • In the Info window's 'General' section, it will display the document type, either 'Universal' or 'PowerPC'.

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