Installation

Macro Recorder is available for Microsoft Windows 10 and Apple macOS.

Windows installation

Video tutorial

To install Macro Recorder on Windows:
  1. Download the installation file.
  2. Double-click the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Double-click the program file to launch Macro Recorder.
  4. If you purchased a license, register your license key.

The installation program can be launched with the command line parameter /SILENT, /VERYSILENT, /SUPPRESSMSGBOXES which instructs setup to be silent or very silent. When Setup is silent the wizard and the background window are not displayed but the installation progress window is. When a setup is very silent this installation progress window is not displayed. Everything else is normal so for example error messages during installation are displayed (more info).

Installation requires administrative rights. If you cannot obtain admin rights, consider using the portable edition (video tutorial),

Portable use

Video tutorial

To run Macro Recorder from a USB thumb drive:
  1. Download the Portable Edition.
  2. Extract the ZIP archive contents into any file directory on your portable device.
  3. Launch "MacroRecorder.exe" from the USB device.
  4. If you have purchased a license key, register your USB thumb drive installation.

The portable mode is indicated in the Macro Recorder title bar.

Portable mode can be enforced by command-line parameter -portable.

Always shut down Macro Recorder before unplugging the USB drive to prevent data loss!

MacOS installation

To install Macro Recorder on a Mac:
  1. Download the Mac installation file.
  2. Double-click the setup program to open the installer.
  3. Drag the Macro Recorder application icon from left to right into the application folder:

  4. If you purchased a license, register your license key.

Important macOS configuration

Macro Recorder must be configured in macOS to provide its service.

If Macro Recorder does not appear in any of the below configuration dialogs, it might be that macOS will prompt you on the occasion any such authorization is needed.

  1. Open the macOS System Preferences:

  2. Switch to section "Security & Privacy":

  3. Click the "Privacy" tab, unlock the padlock in the lower left, Then, on the left, click section "Accessibility" and add Macro Recorder to the list of programs to enable Macro Recorder to automate the mouse and keyboard:




    Make sure that the checkbox is ticked for Macro Recorder.

    Important: You must reconfirm this setting after each software update: Delete Macro Recorder from the list, click the +-button to re-add Macro Recorder and tick the checkbox.
  4. Optionally click section "Full disk access" and add Macro Recorder to the list of programs if you wish, that Macro Recorder can save files on your Mac:



    Make sure that the checkbox is ticked for Macro Recorder.
  5. On the left, click section "Files and Folders" and make sure that Macro Recorder is added to the list to enable Macro Recorder storing macro recording files on your Mac:

  6. On the left, click section "Screen Recording" and add Macro Recorder to the list of programs to enable Macro Recorder recording the visual background of mouse clicks and detecting the current program window input focus:



    Make sure that the checkbox is ticked for Macro Recorder.
  7. On the left, click section "Automation" and enable the Option "System events" underneath the Macro Recorder entry to enable Macro Recorder automating program window focus, position and size. MacOS may require confirmation for each program you automate with Macro Recorder.

Macro Recorder never transmits your files, desktop contents or mouse/keyboard input over the internet and it can be blocked in the firewall if in doubt (see privacy policy).

MacOS seem to want you re-confirming above security settings after each software update: Exit Macro Recorder after the update, delete the Macro Recorder entry from the list and click the +-button to re-add Macro Recorder. Important: Use the +-button to add it, even if the program is already listed.

You must exit Macro Recorder before unchecking/checking the checkmark in macOS privacy setting! Otherwise mouse clicks would be blocked and you must cold reboot the Mac: Press the power button for a couple of seconds to perform a system reset.

The macOS security & privacy database seem to become unstable at times. To perform a reset of Accessibility settings (of all Apps!), use command "sudo tccutil reset Accessibility" in the macOS Terminal App.

Upgrade

Newer Macro Recorder versions can be safely installed over an existing installation.

Mac users beware! Apparently macOS sees an upgrade as a new, unknown software and therefore you have to delete the old Macro Recorder entries from all areas of the OSX security settings and add it back manually using the +- button. We wish this would be more comfortable, but we have no influence here.