Download & Install PlayCover


PlayCover only works on Apple Silicon Macs. The minimum hardware requirement is an Apple M1 chip, but PlayCover will also work on all Apple Silicon chips released after the M1.

If you have an Intel Mac, you can explore alternatives like Bootcamp or emulators.


You can download the latest stable release from Github or Gitee, or download the latest nightly version to test out experimental features before they are added to the stable release.

You can also build from source if you wish to make contributions to PlayCover.


  • Drag PlayCover into your Applications folder.
Drag PlayCover in Applications

Note: PlayCover won't work if it isn't in the Applications folder.

  • Then double click to open and click Open on the system prompt.
Open PlayCover Open Prompt
  • When you first run the app you may be met with a screen asking to install Xcode Command Line Tools.

    • Press Install in the app Install Prompt
    • Authenticate with Touch ID
    • Wait for the installation to finish (This make take some time depending on your internet speed)

Note: If the in-app Xcode Command Line Tools install fails, follow the steps listed in Alternate Xcode Command Line Tools Installation Methods.

Homebrew Cask

We host a Homebrew tap with the PlayCover cask for stable releases playcover-community, as well as the casks for prereleases playcover-prerelease and nightlies playcover-nightly.

To install:

  1. Tap PlayCover/playcover with brew tap PlayCover/playcover;
  2. Install PlayCover with brew install --cask playcover-community.

To uninstall:

  1. Remove PlayCover using brew uninstall --cask playcover-community;
  2. Untap PlayCover/playcover with brew untap PlayCover/playcover.
This information is up-to-date as of PlayCover 2.0.2