Installing osu!

This guide will walk you through how to install Technocoder’s latest Wineskin, which will let you play osu! on macOS.

Using macOS Catalina 10.15.0 to 10.15.4?


Warning

This section only applies to users who are using macOS Catalina 10.15.0 to 10.15.4

If you don’t know what specific macOS version you’re using, use this Apple support article to learn how to find out.

Danger

Although your computer will not be harmed from disabling SIP, it may compromise the integrity of your computer’s security.

Please be informed about the risks of disabling SIP. Consider updating macOS instead. We are not responsible if something goes wrong.

You can learn more about SIP in this Apple support article.

Apple recently introduced changes to how macOS works. New Macs come with System Integrity Protection (SIP).

Therefore, in order to run osu!mac on macOS Catalina 10.15.0 to 10.15.4 you need to disable SIP. These instructions are quoted from the Apple Developer documentation.

To disable SIP, do the following:

  1. Restart your computer in Recovery mode.

    • Turn on your Mac and immediately press and hold these two keys: Command (⌘) and R.

    • Release the keys when you see an Apple logo, spinning globe or other startup screen.

    • You may be prompted to enter a password, such as a firmware password or the password of a user who is an administrator of this Mac. Enter the requested password to continue.

  2. Launch Terminal from the Utilities menu. It should be in the menu bar at the top of your screen.

  3. Run the command csrutil disable.

  4. Restart your computer. You can do so from the top menu bar (just like you would normally)

Once you have SIP disabled, you can begin to install osu!.



Step 1: Download the Wineskin

  1. Download Technocoder’s Rosetta Wineskin from the osu! forums

  2. Extract the .zip file

  3. Move the extracted folder outside of your Downloads folder (to avoid sandboxing)

  4. Download Technocoder’s osu!macOS Agent program from the osu! forums

Note

The Rosetta Wineskin is the best Wineskin for playing osu! on macOS, and works on all systems and most macOS versions, including Intel and Apple Silicon computers.

You can learn more about different Wineskins available at Choosing a Wineskin

Note

Downloading Technocoder’s osu!macOS Agent program is recommended but optional. It’s a great tool that every macOS Wineskin player should have. However, alternative instructions using the Terminal are provided for those who are comfortable with digging deeper.


Step 2: Repair the Wineskin

'osu!.app is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the Bin.

If you try to open the Wineskin immediately, macOS might say that it’s broken. If it does, let’s fix that.

  1. Open osu!macOS Agent

  2. Click the Troubleshoot tab

  3. Click Scan

  4. Once the scan is complete, click Repair

If it was successful, you should see a Fixed indicator next to Quarantine attribute is present in the log.

'osu!.app is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the Bin.'

Note

If you are using a Mac with Apple Silicon, then you might be prompted to install Rosetta (if you haven’t already). Just go ahead and click Install.

'To open "App", you need to install Rosetta. Do you want to install it now?'

Alternative option: Using the Terminal


On the bleeding edge? You can also use the Terminal to repair your Wineskin.

  1. Open Terminal. It should be in your Applications/Utilities folder.

  2. Type the following command.

sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine "~/path/to/my/osu\!.app"

where ~/path/to/my/osu\!.app is the filepath to your osu! install.

Note

For tips on using the terminal, go here.

Warning

Using the terminal with sudo will allow you to perform commands as admin. Improper use of the terminal can negatively affect your computer. Please don’t type something you don’t completely understand - ask us a question instead!



Step 3: Updating osu!

If osu! is stuck in an update loop when you first open it, try these steps. Otherwise, feel free to skip it.

Tip

If you ever have trouble closing osu! once it’s stuck in an update loop, see Common issues: osu! won’t close.

  1. Open osu!macOS Agent

  2. Click the Other tab

  3. Click Update osu!

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This will download the latest executable from the osu! servers and replace the existing osu!.exe inside your Wineskin wrapper.

Alternative option: Manually installing the latest version of osu!


  1. Download osu.exe from osu.ppy.sh/home/download

  2. Locate where osu!.app (your Wineskin) is installed

  3. Right click on it and select Show Package Contents

  4. You should now see three files/folders: Contents, drive_c and Wineskin. Click drive_c.

  5. From here, click osu!.

  6. From here, locate osu!.exe and replace this file with the updated version that you just downloaded - make sure you keep the filename the same



Step 4: Run osu!

Now everything should be good to go! Open osu!.app and try it out!