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Installation and Setup FAQ for Mac

Posted On22/01/2020
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1. Can I install Band-in-a-Box on Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina) or higher?

Band-in-a-Box 2019 and higher. Yes, Band-in-a-Box is a 64-bit application, so you can install and run it on Catalina.

2. Is the 32-bit version of Band-in-a-Box still included with version 2019 and higher?

The last 32-bit version of Band-in-a-Box is Band-in-a-Box 2018. If you currently have a 2018 or older version of Band-in-a-Box installed, when you install Band-in-a-Box 2019 (or higher) it is saved and renamed to If you have an Band-in-a-Box hard drive (e.g. UltraPAK) you’ll find a copy of Band-in-a-Box-32bit (2018) in the Data | Backup folder (/Applications/Band-in-a-Box/Data/Backup). To run it, first copy it to the main Band-in-a-Box folder.

Location of
Location of in the Band-in-a-Box folder.
Location of Backup files
Location of backup files.

This may be useful if you need access something that is only available with the 32-bit version, for example to use a 32-bit audio plugin without installing jBridge.

Incidentally, the Backup folder also contains previous builds of if you have installed any patches (2019 and higher). They are compressed as .zip files to save space. Unzip and copy to the main Band-in-a-Box folder if you want to run one.


3. I’ve installed Band-in-a-Box, but when I try to run it I get error messages and the program doesn’t open properly. The errors may refer to folders not being present or writable and/or refer to several missing files.

There are two main reasons this could happen.

 You are running outside it’s folder. needs to stay inside the Band-in-a-Box folder (/Applications/Band-in-a-Box/). You can make an alias of it if you want to have a shortcut on your desktop.


 The hard drive you have Band-in-a-Box on was formatted with a case sensitive file system. This is not very common. You can check this by selecting the hard drive on your desktop or in Finder, and going to the File menu | Get Info (Command+I is the keyboard shortcut). Apple’s Disk Utility gives you the option to format with case sensitivity. What this means is that file.txt, File.txt, and FILE.TXT are all unique filenames. Band-in-a-Box does not support this, and needs to be used on a case insensitive formatted drive.

Case sensitivity can occasionally be an issue when running Band-in-a-Box from a network drive, with some network devices. Check the settings on the device that’s hosting the network share and/or use smb file sharing protocol instead of afp. This is not common.

—- MORE FAQs for Mac users here >>


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