How To Connect Kinect To Mac

Kinect for Xbox 360 is the latest buzz in the gaming world. And here is the tutorial to connect Kinect to Mac. Yes, you read that right, now you can use Kinect with your Mac. For that you need to install the driver for Kinect compatible on Mac.


Kinect is the motion sensor camera which captures your movement and lets you play games. Kinect for Xbox 360 is undoubtedly the next big thing. So, we have got the step by step guide to connect Kinect to Mac for you:

Things You Need

To start with, we need Git and Cmake which is recommended to download and install via MacPorts or fink, or Homebrew. But if you are using Homebrew, make sure that you its latest version.

Create OpenKinect repository

Now, you are required to create an OpenKinect repository and libusb. It is very important to have OpenKinect repository on your Mac, if you are willing to connect Kinect to Mac. Here are the commands to do it:

git clone
git clone git://

Patch Libusb For OpenKinect

Next, you need to patch libusb for OpenKinect. You can do that by executing following commands:

cd libusb


patch -p1 < ../libfreenect/platform/osx/libusb-osx-kinect.diff



sudo make install

Configure OpenKinect

Now you need to configure your OpenKinect. It is necessary to do it, in order to connect to Kinect to Mac. You can configure OpenKinect by executing following commands:

cd ../libfreenect/

cd c

mkdir build

cd build

ccmake ..

Once you done with executing the commands, press “c”. This should actually start configuring OpenKinect, but this will not happen as the system cannot find libusb which is crucial while you try to connect your Kinect to Mac.

So, press “e”, which will exit and then you can manually edit the path to libusb, so that it can detect it. Point it as


And now, you can continue.

Build OpenKinect

Once you done with the configuration part, you need to build the OpenKinect which actually lets you connect your Kinect to Mac. Here are the commands:

cmake ..


You also have an option to build OpenKinect as an Xcode project. To do that, execute below commands:

cmake -G Xcode ..


That is all. Now, you can done with all the technical part required to connect Kinect to Mac. Now, you can find the program labeled as “glview” in the path libfreenect/c/build/examples.

This is how you are required to connect Kinect to Mac. Follow these steps and you can access your Kinect for Xbox 360 on your Mac too, as you have successfully installed Kinect drivers on your Mac.

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December 7, 2010 by: Prasanth Chandra


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