JackTrip for OS X

Instructions for installing Jack and JackTrip

Installing Jack

Since JackTrip works with Jack, it is important that you download and install Jack before you install JackTrip.

  1. Download Jack for OS X here.
  2. Double click on the .pkg file to install.
  3. After you click on the .pkg installation file, you may see the prompt below, depending on your security settings. Click OK and proceed to Steps 4 & 5.

  4. Press the Command and Spacebar keys, type “Security & Privacy” and click Open Anyway towards the bottom:



  5. Click Open at this prompt:



Installing Jacktrip

  1. If you are running mac OSX High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina or Big Sur, download the JackTrip 1.2.1 installer package.
    On older OS X releases, download the JackTrip 1.1 installer
  2. Follow the directions to install. If you encounter a prompt saying the .pkg file cannot be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, follow Steps 3-5 of the Jack installation instructions above.

Running JackTrip after Installation

MAC OS X Big Sur

This operating system is not in wide enough use. We do not have a tested procedure yet for this version of MacOS X, so you may wish to try the instructions for MacOS X Catalina, with the understanding that these instructions have not yet been tested.

MacOS X Catalina

Running Jack

  1. Jack has a GUI program call qjackctl. It can be found in the Applications folder for Jack. Open the program:



  2. The QJackCtl program looks like this:


  3. Click on the Setup… button. You should see the Setup window:



  4. In the Setup window, select coreaudio for the Driver. You can also change the values for Frames/Period and the Sample Rate. Also note the Server Path. This may be important if there is an error. See below.
  5. Say Okay and then click the Start button. If Jack started, it should look like this:



  6. Note: if you get error, try changing the Server Path setting mentioned earlier to /usr/local/bin/jackd instead of just jackd.

Running Jacktrip

  1. Open terminal window (Finder > Utilities > Terminal)
  2. In the terminal Window, type “Jacktrip -C (IP address of your server)”

  3. To quit JackTrip:
  4. i. In the terminal window, type ctrl-c
    ii. Click ‘stop’ in the Jack Audio Connection Kit window (also known as QJackCTL)

    MacOS X Mojave

    1. Launch JackPilot (found in the Jack Folder inside Applications in Finder)



    2. Launch QJackCTL (also found in the Jack Folder inside Applications in Finder)



    3. The QJackCtl program looks like this:


    4. Configure the settings in QJackCTL according to your desired connection settings by clicking the “Setup” button



    5. Note: if you get error, try changing the Server Path setting mentioned earlier to /usr/local/bin/jackd instead of just jackd.

    6. Click the Start button in QJackCTL
    7. Click start in the JackPilot window
    8. Open terminal window (Finder > Utilities > Terminal)
    9. In the terminal Window, type “Jacktrip -C (IP address of your server)”

    10. To quit JackTrip:
    11. i. In the terminal window, type ctrl-c
      ii. Click ‘stop’ in the Jack Audio Connection Kit window (also known as QJackCTL)