Installing Blender on MacOS (Macbook Air/Pro etc.)

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To install Blender 3D to a Macbook Pro/Air or other MasOS device/hardware (not tablet or phone), download the app, either latest or LTS (Long Term Support), from and click the file once its available. In the ‘installation’ window that appears drag into the Applications folder where it will then be available for use once installed.

Design note: some additional notes to be aware of when wanting to install Blender 3D on a MacBook, MacPro etc.;

About This Mac

A quick way to check for compatibility is to look at the About This Mac information panel. To view this, click the Apple icon upper-left, then on About This MacApple » About This Mac. In the panel that appears basic information will be shown that can be used to check whether Blender will run.

Alternatively, to find out which Mac ‘version’ is being used, Intel or Arm, in detail, click the Apple icon upper-left and in System Settings… check General » About and what’s listed under Processor; if ‘Intel’ download the ‘Intel’ version of Blender, if ‘ARM’/’Silicon’ download the ‘Apple Silicon’ version. Installation for both is then the same.

About This Mac
A quick way to check for compatibility between Blender and Mac is to check About This Mac that provides basic device and environment information.

MacOS Version
There are two versions of Blender available for each ‘processor’ type; Intel or Apple Silicon. Both install the same way but are tailored to each environment.


As Blender is not available from Apple App Store it has to be downloaded directly from As a result installation may present a number of ‘security’ or ‘privilege’ warnings that require confirmation using the Macbook’s Admin account password (this should be the main user).

Quick Setup

When starting Blender for the first time the Quick Setup overlay will be shown where the User can set the Select With option, that is object selection using the Left or Right mouse button (3 button mouse recommended for use with Blender). Once set, click Next then anywhere on-screen to begin using the application.

Quick Setup
The Quick Setup pop-up will be shown if Blender is installed and opened for the first time.

Main Keys

Once installed Blender works exactly the same for MacOS as it does Windows except where MacOS Option Option symbol roughly approximates Windows Alt Alt, and Command Command Symbol approximates Control Ctrl. Shift remains the same for both MacOS and Windows.


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