Setting Up Parsec On MacOS

Parsec is supported on macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or greater and requires Metal support. Parsec does not support hosting on macOS. Hosting is only supported on Windows.

Installing Parsec

  • The Parsec Application for macOS can be downloaded here.
  • Install Parsec by following the installer guide.


  • Launch Parsec from your Applications folder and log in or create your account.

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  • Install the drivers for your controller - Macs only recognize Direct Input controllers. If you're trying to use an Xbox controller or another device using Xinput, there are a few driver options out there. Here's a great Xbox controller driver for the Mac that works with Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers. If the driver requests security permissions, you must approve them to get the controllers working. Once the driver is installed, Parsec will recognize your controller. You may need to do some mapping following the instructions here
  • Once you connect to the Windows machine that is hosting, you can change your settings to optimize your connection. During your connection, visit the host settings on your Windows PC and change whatever settings you want.

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  • Make your first connection either to a gaming PC you added to your account or to one that your friend invited you to connect to.

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Other Tips

  • Quitting the Parsec Application during the stream requires you to follow the standard quitting shortcut (command + Q).
  • Mac function keys may not interact with the gaming PC as expected. You'll need to change the default behavior of your Apple keyboard to pass these hotkeys. Apple provides a great tutorial on changing these.