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Did you know FL Studio now supports Mac computers?

It also supports Mac computers Intel or Apple silicon CPUs!

This article will share how to install FL Studio on Mac, FL Studio Mac Version vs. Windows, and how to get fruity loops on mac (remember, it’s called FL Studio now!).

Does FL Studio work on Apple CPU? (Mac Requirements)
Here is the version of FL Studio I recommend.

The short answer is that yes, FL Studio works on Mac. There are a couple growing pains because the Mac version is new compared to the FL Studio Windows (discussed below), but it works well, is the same program, and the support team is great and actively updating and squashing bugs!

You can also learn what version of FL Studio I recommend to buy.

FL Studio Mac System Requirements

Image-Line’s downloads page says:

macOS: 10.13.6 (High Sierra) or later

And as of FL Studio 20.8.4, it now has Apple Silicon Support..

This screenshot was taken on September 7, 2021.. make sure to double-check the Mac System Requirements for FL Studio when downloading.

One License for Both Platforms

FL Studio Windows and Mac versions both offer LIFETIME free updates.

When you purchase FL Studio, the license you receive allows you to use both Windows and Mac versions of FL Studio!

Projects Can Be Opened on Windows and Mac

As long as the third-party plugins used inside the project are installed on both computers, there should be no issues opening projects on either Windows or Mac .flp (FL Studio Projects).

(This is for VST versions of your plugins, which I recommend you use. More information on compatibility of plugins below.)

Does FL Studio Work Good on Mac?

If you want the best experience, FL Studio on Windows has been around the longest.

FL Studio on Mac does work good, and what made it tricky for a bit was Apple started creating their own CPUs, while previously, Apple was using Intel CPUs.. (This actually made things hard for audio developers as a whole.. but that was quite a few years ago, and no longer an issue).

So whether you have an older Mac with an Intel CPU or a new Mac with Apple Silicon CPU, FL Studio on Mac is ready for you!

FL Studio allows you to operate in two modes:

  • OPTION 1: APPLE SILICON NATIVE MODE (Best performance)
  • OPTION 2: ROSETTA 2 INTEL MODE (Most compatible)

Most audio developers have had time to ensure their plugins support Apple Silicon CPU, but it’s important you double-check third-party plugins support Apple CPUs.

If plugins don’t support new Apple CPUs, there’s still the option to stay with FL Studio Mac Intel Mode until all your VSTs are compatible. (Image-Line Knowledge Base – Article)

Image-Line has prepared to support Mac for the long-term.. which is awesome as it brings in a bigger community to FL Studio!

How to Download FL Studio Mac Version

You can download Mac Version of FL Studio on FL Studio Download Page.


So yes, FL Studio works on Mac with Intel or Apple CPUs!

If you haven’t bought FL Studio yet, see what version of FL Studio I recommend.

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