Table of Contents

Installing Rack

Download Rack on the VCV Rack website.


Open the DMG image and copy the Rack app to your Applications folder. You may need to right click the application and click "Open" when launching for the first time.


Run the installer, and launch Rack from the Start Menu.


Unzip the zip file. With your terminal, cd into the Rack directory, and run ./

Installing Plugins

On the VCV Rack website, click "Add" for each plugin you wish to install. If not logged in to your VCV account, you will be prompted to log in or register. Once the desired plugins are added to your account, open Rack and log in using the toolbar at the top of the window. After logging in, click "Refresh Plugins" and the new plugins will be synchronized to your computer.

If your computer is offline or the above method does not work, follow the above process from a different computer and click Settings to view the plugins added to your account. Transfer each plugin file to your computer and follow the process below to manually install them.

Installing Third-Party Plugins

You can find third-party plugins on the List of plugins wiki. This will soon be replaced with a "plugin manager" on the VCV website.

Install third-party plugins at your own risk. Like VST plugins, installing plugins from unknown sources may compromise your computer and personal information.

Download the plugin and unzip it in the plugins/ folder within the local Rack directory:

  • MacOS: Documents/Rack/
  • Windows: My Documents/Rack/
  • Linux: ~/.Rack/