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Here is information on the status of the Native macOS version of FL Studio. Registered customers can download and test it. Please check the FL Studio 12 Native macOS Alpha Thread on our forum.

Estimated Release Date: A.S.A.P.


1. OS X 10.11 or later (older OS will likely run into GUI issues)
2. You must be admin user to install and run

Notable things that DO NOT WORK yet:

  • Rewire.
  • Plugins that return 'Can't be found' message when you try to open them, missing plugins are listed below.
  • Multi-monitor support.

Working Synths:
 3x Osc, Fruit Kick, Fruity Envelope Controller, Fruity Granulizer, Harmless, Harmor, Ogun, Patcher, Plucked!, Slicex, Sytrus, Drumaxx, GMS, Morphine, PoiZone, Sakura, Sawer and Toxic Biohazard, Fruity Keyboard Controller, FPC, Fruity Slicer, DirectWave, Minisynth, Drumpad, BassDrum, Transistor Bass.

Working Effects: Fruity Big Clock, Control Surface, Fruity delay 2, Fruity Delay Bank, EQUO, Gross Beat, Fruity Formula Controller, Fruity Flangus, Fruity Love Philter, Fruity Limiter, Fruity Multiband Limiter, Patcher, Fruity Parametric EQ 2, Fruity Peak Controller, Fruity Recorder, Fruity Reeverb 2, Fruity Soft Clipper, Fruity Stereo Enhancer, Fruity Stereo Shaper, Vocodex, Fruity WaveShaper, Fruity X-Y Controller, Fruity X-Y-Z Controller, Fruity Send, Fruity PanOMatic, Fruity Vocoder, Pitcher, Fruity Delay 3, Fruity Chorus, Fruity Flanger, Fruity Phaser, Fruity Mute 2. 

Unavailable: Plugins that are yet to be ported include SimSynth, Wave Traveller, BooBass, Dashboard, Fruity DrumSynth Live, Razer Chroma, Fruity Scratcher, FL Studio Mobile.

Wasp XT, Soundfont Player, Fruity LSD and Fruity Slayer will never be available in the macOS version of FL Studio. We don't have the full source code for those plugins, so we can't port them over. 

Four 'Fruity VST effect' plugins installed with the 32bit build are missing from the 64bit build (including Fruity Compressor). They will be included later in development. Many demo tracks rely on at least one of these.


What's New 0.9Z? (Updated 31-Aug-2017)

  • All FL12.5.1 fixes and enhancements
  • Added Fruity Compressor
  • Fixed Fruity Phase Inverter
  • Fixed auto-closing menus in the browser
  • Fixed text input in 3rd party VST/VST3 plugins
  • Fixed System dialogs appearing on wrong windows
  • Fixed Missing MIDI note messages
  • Fixed FPC drag and drop to incorrect pads
  • Fixed PRForm already exists errors
  • Fixed plugin manager minimising issues
  • Fixes to multimonitor support - WIP! Still unstable (quit yer complaining).
  • Fixed Wrapper crash on plugin missing

Known issue - missing cursor shapes at window borders


What's New 0.9Y? (Updated 7-Aug-2017)

  • FL Studio release sources
  • Patcher and DirectWave are fixed
  • CoreMIDI detects and handles a running status
  • General bugfixes

What's New 0.9X1? (Updated 30-July-2017)

  • Fixes mouse double-click fails.



What's New 0.9X? (Updated 28-July-2017)

  • All FL Studio 12.5 RC3 fixes and enhancements
  • Fixed force/haptics two-finger tap on Channel Rack
  • Fixed issues with shift+mousewheel (clip nudging)
  • Fixed inertial scrolling issues (WIP - picker panel still needs work)
  • Fixed Fruity Slicer drag and drop
  • Fixed Drag and drop from Finder
  • Fixed performance issues in Fruity Chorus
  • Fixed Missing browser after restarting FL with it undocked - toolbars also



What's New 0.9W? (Updated 15-July-2017)

  • Updated to match FL Studio 12.5 Release Candidate (Windows) sources
  • More legacy Fruity (32 Bit) plugins converted to 64 Bit
  • Bugfixes and stability improvements

What's New 0.9V_1? (Updated 10-July-2017)

  • Fixed registration issues (again) 

What's New 0.9V? (Updated 10-July-2017)

  • More bug fixes to the UI.
  • Registration issues should now be fixed.
  • New plugins: Center, 7 Band EQ, Delay, Fast LP, Filter, Flanger, Free Filter, Phase Inverter, Phaser, Fast LP.

NOTE: Issues with Touchpad are still on-going

What's New 0.9U? (Updated 1-July-2017)

  • Fixes to Transistor Bass & DirectWave
  • Balance 2 & Delay 3 (new plugins)
  • Keyboard fixes
  • Mousepad / trackpad fixes (zoom works)
  • Latest 12.5 code update

ALPHA 0.9T WHAT'S NEW (21-June-2017) - Available in 64bit only onward

  • Should no longer interfere with the 32bit install
  • Touchpad now works, zoom does not as yet.
  • ZGE Vis has been updated
  • Better handling of MIDI devices.
  • No longer a first Alpha, and so, many misc fixes

ALPHA 0.9S WHAT'S NEW (9-June-2017) - Available in 64bit

  • Updated to latest 12.5.1 sources
  • Fixes to the keyboard handling

ALPHA 0.9R WHAT'S NEW (12-April-2017)

  • Updated to latest 12.5 sources
  • More keyboard fixes
  • Pinch to zoom on MBP trackpads is known to be buggy - working on a fix
  • Plugin Manager fixes!

ALPHA 0.9P WHAT'S NEW (12-April-2017)

  • Updated all sources for new bugfixes from Build 33
  • Scaling errors in dialogs fixed
  • Scaling in general options works now
  • Crashes dragging from Edison fixed
  • Fixed Arpeggiator default pattern name
  • Fixed extra clicks needed for right-click context menus
  • Pattern picker included (open/close ALT+P) - macOS BONUS!

ALPHA 0.9O WHAT'S NEW (no 0.9O for you!)

ALPHA 0.9N WHAT'S NEW (31-March-2017)

NOTE: If things seem slow on the development front, this is not the case behind the scenes. We are working on the macOS native 64 Bit FL Studio version. 

  • Updated to 12.4.2 official sources
  • Fixed DirectWave missing symbols
  • Fixed Render dialog missing configuration
  • Fixed Many issues with CMD key combinations
  • Fixed drag and drop in various areas - But NOT Edison, that's disabled for now.
  • Use right mouse button in Edison's drag button to copy selected wave to the clipboard
  • Added DirectWave instrument creator (Richt-click channel menu)
  • Channel option DW preset renderer as a bonus! Windows users don't have this yet
  • There is also a pop-up touch keyboard (somewhat hidden), which you may find...but as Macs don't have touch so not for you! 

ALPHA 0.9M WHAT'S NEW (17-Feb-2017)

  • Fixed FPC crash using right mouse button on a pad's MIDI note
  • Fixed graphical corruption in drag thumb and about fruit
  • Fixed ZIP loading/saving
  • Fixed Hints showing CTRL instead of CMD
  • Fixed Jumping mixer FX slot locks
  • Fixed Many keyboard shortcuts
  • Updated DirectWave
  • Updated ZGameEditor Visualizer
  • Startup log files now saved to ~/Library/Logs/

ALPHA 0.9L WHAT'S NEW (14-Jan-2017)

  • New graphics engine - smoother, lower resource usage, lower CPU usage
  • Fixed Many UI issues
  • New internal maths functions, fixes many crashes
  • Fixed fruity FX VSTs
  • Fixed sound stuttering issues in Harmor/Harmless
  • ZGEVis updated to latest version
  • DirectWave added to plugin list
  • Beepmap slow sound fixed

Known issues:

  • No Hintbar updates during loading
  • Graphical corruption of drag thumb when commencing/finishing drag

ALPHA 0.9k WHAT'S NEW (4-Jan-2017):

  • Added DirectWave, Pitcher, BassDrum, Drumpad, and Minisynth plugins.
  • Fruity filter rebuilt
  • Fixed stuttering in Sytrus
  • Mousewheel scrolling in CR fixed
  • Memory leaks fixed
  • Drag and drop crash fixed
  • Spectroman for OSX fixed
  • Enabled drag and drop onto window title bars


ALPHA 0.9j WHAT'S NEW (22-Nov-2016):

  • Drag and drop is now pretty much complete
  • Enabled the draggy swingy thingy for dragging things.
  • Directory watch functions added for plugin menus
  • Corrupted cursors in Sierra fixed
  • Improved ZGEVis
  • Warnings for Multi-monitor usage
  • Minimise button fixed
  • Further improvements to VST (and especially VST3) handling

ALPHA 0.9i WHAT'S NEW (31-Oct-2016):

  • Fixed mouse pointer images going to default black OSX image in most areas
  • Added gestures - two finger scrolling (both vert and horz) and pinch-to-zoom
  • Fixed VST3 plugins (no more white UI windows)
  • Fixed JPEG loading in ZGEVis
  • ZGEVis Antialiasing enabled
  • Physics effects in ZGEVis fixed

ALPHA 0.9h WHAT'S NEW (19-Oct-2016):

  • Fixed keyboard sticking issues
  • More fixes to ZGE Visualiser
  • Fixed VSTs with white UI sheets
  • Fixed FPC pad-only mode
  • Fixed control visibility issues
  • Added drag and drop from finder for most areas of FL

ALPHA 0.9h WHAT'S NEW (19-Oct-2016):

  • Fixed keyboard sticking issues
  • More fixes to ZGE Visualiser
  • Fixed VSTs with white UI sheets
  • Fixed FPC pad-only mode
  • Fixed control visibility issues
  • Added drag and drop from finder for most areas of FL

ALPHA 0.9g WHAT'S NEW (13-Oct-2016):

  • Fixed black rectangles behind windows
  • Fixed CR pop-to-front after dialog sheet close
  • Fixed plugin manager permissions
  • Re-added ctrl+tap on trackpad to remove notes from Step Sequencer
  • Fixed toolbar ordering bugs
  • Fixes to ZGE Visualiser

ALPHA 0.9f WHAT'S NEW (08-October-2016):

  • Latest 12.3.1 feature and fixes from Windows version
  • Added fruity balance and fruity filter VST plugins
  • Fruity Phaser, Chorus and Flanger fixed
  • Deferred load for file associations
  • Extra menu clicks no longer necessary
  • UI events outside of modal windows no longer happen
  • Shortcut Toolbar 3 displays key states
  • CMD+Q quits
  • Keyboard shortcuts checked and fixed
  • Restarting with browser undocked fixed
  • Menus shifted right in fullscreen with left-handed dock fixed
  • Change Icon menu hints fixed
  • Harmor’s popup menus no longer stay on top on task switch
  • Keyboard selection of menu items fixed
  • Sytrus (and other plugins) text editors fixed
  • Tab/Shift+Tab to cycle windows fixed
  • Menu shortcuts (such as M in Edison) fixed in plugins
  • Fixed main Add menu covering the menu bar
  • added updated stretching library
  • Hintbar fading fixed
  • Menu item fade fixed

ALPHA 0.9e WHAT'S NEW (19-Sept-2016):

  • Latest 12.3.1 feature and fixes from Windows version, including Transistor Bass plugin.
  • Fixed crashes on plugin open for certain circumstances
  • Fix restoring window sizes in non-maximized window state
  • Fixed toolbar placements in maximised window
  • Fixed crash previewing samples
  • Fixed maximised mode, removed borders
  • Fixed draggable menus
  • File associations should work now (open flp from Finder)
  • More patcher fixes for misbehaving plugins
  • Fix for crash in Sakura
  • Fix for menus disappearing sometimes
  • Fix for Slicex background graphics glitch


ALPHA 0.9d WHAT'S NEW (31-Aug-2016):

  • FPC now works (and it is the new vectorial version)
  • Corrupted graphics problem fixed

ALPHA 0.9c WHAT'S NEW (26-Aug-2016):

  • Latest FL 12.3 additions and fixes from Windows version
  • Added zip support
  • Fixed preview of samples in the Browser with up/down keys
  • It's now possible to browse packages (apps) contents with the open/save dialogs
  • Fixed crash when dragging waveform
  • Fixed browser's width getting smaller when clicking the caption bar
  • Fixed generic links not working
  • Fixed mouse cursors not updating when hovering plugins
  • Fixed Riff Machine
  • Fixed OpenDialog not starting in correct directory
  • Fixed Patcher crash to desktop
  • Fixed Patcher icons
  • Fixed VST3 presets
  • Fixed Preset arrows not showing in Patcher plugins
  • Fixed bug in menus with Waveshaper’s curve
  • Fixed menus closing for modal dialogs
  • Fixed menus remaining on top of other apps in OSX
  • Added Context menus (implemented WM_CONTEXT) to controls that use them
  • Fixed context menus for knobs and faders
  • Fixed black mouse pointers in the browser
  • Fully implemented WndProc for menu animations
  • Fixed maximised window alignments
  • Added+fixed plugin picker transparency
  • Fixed minimise issue with mixer width
  • Increased stability with UI in 3rd party VST plugins

ALPHA 0.9b WHAT'S NEW (8-July-2016):

  • All the latest fixes for Windows version
  • New plugins supported: Effector, Fruity Multiband Compressor, Fruity Video Player,
  • Limited support for ZGameEditor Visualizer plugin (no export or webcam, several effects and presets not working yet)
  • Bugfix: Error when changing preset in FPC
  • Bugfix: Error when closing VST with Esc
  • Mouse cursors now use retina resolution
  • Fix for pop-up menu disappearing in WaveShaper
  • Removed 3rd party VST presets
  • Fix for black mouse cursor appearing when dragging windows
  • More presets/effects working in ZgeViz)

ALPHA 0.8j WHAT'S NEW (29-June-2016):

  • Fix bug where FLPs containing 3rd party VSTs (and the flp was created on Windows version of FL) would result in plugins not found.
  • Fix for problem with pluginmanager not starting sometimes
  • Quick Tweak improved
  • Menus now close when clicking outside client area
  • Menu item right clicking
  • Keypress in menus working
  • Allow dragging from the Channel Settings
  • All the latest bugfixes and improvements from the Windows version 12.3 beta 5

ALPHA 0.8h WHAT'S NEW (9-June-2016):

  • All the fixes and additions from the latest FL Studio for Windows 12.3 beta
  • Fixed: Admin rights is no longer required (FL files are now inside the app bundle)
  • Fixed: Window docking inside FL
  • Fixed: Improved fullscreen support (right-click maximize icon)
  • Fixed: Loud noise from EQUO plugin
  • Fixed: sometimes selecting a menuitem could cause it to trigger several times
  • Fixed: wrong color for some mouse cursors
  • Fixed: set icon/color menu items not working
  • Fixed: Wavecandy and Fruity Dance not transparent
  • Many more bugfixes

ALPHA 0.8g WHAT'S NEW (4-May-2016):

  • Additional plugins supported: Fruity Convolver, VFX Color mapper, VFX Key mapper, VFX Keyboard Splitter, Fruity Dance, Fruity Fast Dist, Fruity Squeeze, SoundGoodizer, Parametric EQ, DB Meter, Notebook 2, SpectroMan, Fruity DX10
  • VST and VST3 stability improvements
  • Bugfix: FPC could not find the presets
  • Bugfix: File open dialog appeared behind options dialog.
  • Bugfix: Clicking on window toolbuttons did not focus them.
  • Updated sample projects where Fruity Mute was used

ALPHA 0.8e WHAT'S NEW (20-April-2016):

  • MP3 import/export.
  • Plugin scanner now does 'Scan and verify' correctly.
  • Improvements on hotkeys support (note: use CMD+key when you would have used CTRL+key on Windows).
  • Additional plugins supported: Fruity X-Y Controller, Fruity X-Y-Z Controller, Fruity Send, Fruity PanOMatic, Fruity Vocoder, Fruity Keyboard Controller, FPC, Fruity Slicer.
  • Bugfix: Sometimes adding a plugin would add it twice or more!
  • Bugfix: Browse for folder would appear behind options window.
  • Bugfix: 32-bit VST2 plugs are now shown in detached windows to avoid clipping issues with FLs user interface.
  • Bugfix: More than one VST editor open would cause FL to become unresponsive.

ALPHA 0.8d WHAT'S NEW (7-April-2016):

  • Fix for floating Fruity Logo appearing when new project is created
  • Fix for problem with Note properties dialog
  • Fix for Plugin thumbnails filenames visible as separate items in Browser
  • Fix for AV-errors when selecting Open in Browser
  • More supported plugins: Drumaxx, GMS, Morphine, PoiZone, Sakura, Sawer and Toxic Biohazard

ALPHA 0.8c WHAT'S NEW (6-April-2016):

  • All FL Studio 12.3 beta new features inc: Real-time stretching, Transient Processor plugin, Vectorized (Gross Beat , Fruity Limiter, Love Philter, Maximus - Vectorial UIs, Sytrus) etc.
  • Drag-and-drop now works from Browser
  • Improved VST stability
  • New Plugin Manger
  • MIDI improved
  • Added "MIDI Out" and "SimSynth" plugins (although SimSynth UI is currently broken)
  • Many other bugfixes

ALPHA 0.7h WHAT'S NEW (3-Mar-2016):

  • Fixed capitalization issue with CoreMIDI import (that could cause FL failing to start on certain OS versions).
  • Fixed window level problem with popup menus.
  • Plugin manager and "More plugins" dialogs now added (though "Verify plugins" is not completely implemented yet).

ALPHA 0.7g WHAT'S NEW (18-Feb-2016):

  • Fix popupmenus hanging FL.
  • Built from latest FL12 sources
  • Fruity Logo in about window is now scaled properly, alpha animated, and closed correctly.
  • The hintbar (bottom left corner) is now shown.
  • Aboutdialog stays on top (previously it could sometimes be placed behind main window).
  • Plugin picker (F8) now appear (but not yet fully functional, you can double-click on plugins but not drag them)
  • fix for mouse cursor disappears problem.
  • fixed clicking outside "Do you want to save" dialog hides it
  • fix for reversed mousewheel.
  • fix crash when closing piano roll window.
  • VST3 support (currently limited support, normal VST behave better and should be used when available)
  • Popupmenus that overlap now behaves better.

ALPHA 0.6 WHAT'S NEW (23-Dec-2015):

  • Much faster UI that matches the speed of Windows version, even in retina resolution.
  • Built with latest 12.2 sources
  • Many bugfixes
  • More plugins:

ALPHA 5c WHAT'S NEW (19-Nov-2015):

  • App name is now "FL Studio Mac Alpha". You can move the "OsxFL" Application icon to the Trash.
  • Fix for crash with external soundcards
  • Mouse cursors should now work
  • Settings are now also saved when exiting with CMD+Q
  • VST wrappers updated (should now be compatible with more VSTs)

ALPHA 5 WHAT'S NEW (2-Nov-2015):

  • Much faster UI updates based on OpenGL. It should usually update at 60fps, even in retina. (but we still have further performance improvements on our todo-list)
  • MIDI I/O support & recording.
  • VST plugins window size and position should work better now.
  • CoreAudio logging. If your soundcard is not working, then please upload here this file: /Library/Application Support/Image-Line/FL/CAdebug.log
  • Settings are now stored in [your home folder]/Library/Preferences/Image-Line/
  • Does not expire

ALPHA 4 WHAT'S NEW (24-Sept-2015):

  • Retina support
  • UI optimizations
  • 32 Bit OS X VST Support. Scan and load*
  • About box registration
  • IL Remote support


Related articles:

Mac OS X - where can I buy FL Studio OSX (alpha/beta)?
How to register FL or a plugin on Mac OS X
Does the FL Studio for Native OS X (ALPHA) run on OS X version ...?

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