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. The version that is available on the Jack web site does not work with recent versions of OS X. Download a beta version that works with El Capitan and later here.
  2. Double click on the .pkg file to install
Optionally, you can save and load Jack connections with JMess. Download and install the package file here.

Installing JackTrip

  1. If you are running macOS High Sierra, Mojave or Catalina, download the JackTrip 1.2 installer package.
  2. On older OS X releases, download the JackTrip 1.1 installer
  3. Follow the directions to install

Instructions for running Jack and JackTrip

Running Jack

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

    The Jack Application

    The QJackCtl program looks like this:


  2. Click on the Setup... button. You should see the Setup window:

    Jack Setup Window

  3. 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.

  4. Say Okay and then click the Start button. If Jack started, it should look like this:

    Jack Started

    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. JackTrip is run from a terminal. To open the Terminal application, go to Applications, then Utilities and open the terminal

    Terminal in the Utilities Window

  2. In the terminal, type jacktrip -s. If JackTrip is running, you should see the following in the terminal:

    JackTrip Terminal

  3. In the Jack window, click the Connect button. If JackTrip is running properly, you should see it in the Connections window:

    Jack Connections Window

  4. Type Ctrl-C to exit JackTrip