There are a variety of options for using the official Gopro App on Mac OSX. By using the official Gopro app you can be sure of the functions and capabilities of the software. The Gopro app is designed for mobile operating systems Android and iOS. You can easily create a virtual Android machine on your Mac, and run the Gopro app on that. The virtual machine makes use of your Mac’s wifi connection to connect to the Gopro. Other options also exist for controlling the Gopro on your Mac, and these can be grouped into Full Apps, Control Apps and Video Preview.

Of all the options I’ve tried, including the virtual or emulated Gopro app,  none support the live Gopro video preview feed on Mac. You must use another option, a Full App or a separate Video Preview. However, the Gopro app remains the best option.


Using the Gopro App on your Mac

The following options exist for using the Gopro App:

  • Parallels Mac 9 – Android Virtual Machine – pretty good, stable android build, no video preview
  • Oracle Virtualbox 4 – Virtual Machine – assume this would work but haven’t tried
  • Genymotion – Virtual Machine – works well, no preview
  • Bluestacks – Emulator – integration with 1mobile, couldn’t get far without providing Google details, apparently no video preview

Consider Gopromote

Gopromote is a good application for Mac and GoPro control. It works with Quicktime Player to launch a video preview.


Other Apps and Tools

Full Apps

Video Preview

  • VLC
  • Quicktime Player


 See Mac GoPro Guide