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How to install OBS Plugins on MacOS
Installing plugins on Mac is a bit cumbersome and there are multiple methods. I have detailed them here clearly because forum posts do not suffice.
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There are two ways to install OBS Plugins on MacOS.
We will be installing OBS Virtual Background Plugin in both examples. Download the zip file and extract it. Normally it should contain a
Example for OBS Virtual Background Plugin:
This method is simpler but you may encounter issues when running the plugin.
Go to the folder
If you navigate to it manually through Finder go to your user directory, right click and select
Show View Options and then check the
Show Library Folder checkbox as pictured below.
Once you are in the
obs-studio folder you will find a
plugins folder. If you don't find it, create it yourself. After that copy the entire folder into
plugins (in my case would be
obs-virtualbg which contains both the
Now you might notice you get an error message as pictured below, if this happens try the second method and make sure to delete the folder you just copied from the
Go to the
Applications folder and find your .app file. Either
OBS.app or another name for a modified version, I am using Stream Elements OBS so for me it is
SE.Live.app. Right Click and select
Show Package Contents, after that enter the
Add the binary
In the folder of the extension, you have extracted previously, you will find a .so file in the
bin folder. Copy that file to the
Plugins folder. In my case I copy
obs-virtualbg.so to the
Plugins folder. If it asks you for a password or elevated permissions provide it so it can copy the file.
Add the data
To add the data we have to go to
In here create a folder with the same name as the .so file. I will create a folder with the name
obs-virtualbg and copy inside it the contents of the
data folder from the original plugin folder.
Now close the window and start OBS. You should find that obs started with no warning and the plugin runs as it should.