I’m on Mac OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite and in the past, I used VLC Media Player in combination with FluidSynth to play back MIDI sound files, but according to the answer to this question, this option is no longer viable. As QuickTime Player does not support MIDI playback, either, as it seems, I am looking for a method to play MIDI files, preferably not using GarageBand, which seems to be the only software on my computer that actually supports the MIDI file format.

What options, i. e. plug-ins, programs, etc., do I have to listen to MIDI on my Mac?

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The recent VLC 3.0.0 has returned MIDI support and works on macOS.

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    And it supports custom sound fonts. Actually Quicktime did as well but since they removed the quicktime settings panel, you can't anymore so VLC definitely is the way to go from now.
    – Capsule
    Commented Sep 10, 2018 at 0:00

In a terminal window:

brew install timidity; timidity yourfile.mid

If you don't have brew, get it here: https://brew.sh/


2022 UPDATE: I now use Cog for all my audio playback needs: https://cog.losno.co/ The latest versions have tons of midi options and support sound fonts too.

Historical answer (QuickTime 7 support is now gone from newer OSes):

Aria Maestosa looks a bit dodgy, couldn't open any of the midi files I downloaded... A better option is probably to install Quicktime 7, which supports MIDI, and still runs in Yosemite, check out http://osxdaily.com/2014/07/20/run-quicktime-player-7-in-mac-os-x/

I also discovered https://github.com/SamusAranX/MinimalMIDIPlayer recently. It is still very basic but the fact you can use custom sound fonts is promising. Hopefully the developer adds a global soundfont setting soon so you don't have to rename your soundfont to match the midi file you want to play.

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    Agreed. Although Aria Maestosa worked for me on the midi file I wanted to play, I found Quicktime 7 to be a much easier and less bloated solution. FYI: Quicktime 7 runs without issue alongside Quicktime X. Commented Feb 27, 2016 at 19:54
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    It runs on Sierra too.
    – rraallvv
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 19:20
  • And it still works perfectly in High Sierra too. This is the best solution I found so far to quickly play midi files before importing it in my DAW.
    – zakinster
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 14:20
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    Hi, I'm the developer of MinimalMIDIPlayer. If you found this answer via Google (like I just did), it now has soundfont support. Give it a try, it's probably exactly what you're looking for.
    – emmalyx
    Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 21:58
  • QuickTime 7 is not supported under newest versions of MacOS. Commented Jan 5, 2022 at 14:50

Aria Maestosa does exactly what I need.

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    – fixer1234
    Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 1:19
  • completely off-topic, that has got to be one of the best names for a software evah! :) Commented Dec 2, 2015 at 20:06

I've recently downloaded Sequences from the Mac App Store (paid) which does the job for basic MIDI playback.


I'm not sure if it works on newer versions, but I was able to play midi's on iTunes 11.4 with little trouble.


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