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How to add Equalizer on Mac OS to iTunes, Spotify for Free!


All audiophiles and music lovers know about the importance of Equalizer, but sadly the default iTunes Music player on Mac OS X doesn’t come with an equalizer. Neither does the Spotify app for music streaming has an in-built equalizer. So, here’s a free app which will add a great working Equalizer to Mac OS X  (Mavericks,  Yosemite, Mountain Lion & El Capitan as well)

How to Install Equalizer on Mac OS X –

  • First of all, Download the eqMac app for Mac OS X from the link below (its free of cost unlike Hear app) and can be classified as a Boom app alternative –
    Click here to Download the eqMac Equalizer for Mac app (.dmg) file.
  • After downloading the eqMac install the downloaded .dmg file , by dragging and dropping the app image to Applications folder as shown in the below image. A detailed tutorial to install apps from .dmg file can be found here. (Tip – open the .dmg file by pressing ctrl key + mouse click to install)
    eqMac Free Mac OS Equalizer

    Drag & Drop the icon to install eqMac Mac Equalizer

    Now, after dragging & dropping the eqMac icon the app will be installed.

  • Launch the eqMac app, it will ask you permissions to modify the sound output , permit the app to required audio access.
  • The eqMac app will now be showned up on your TopBar as shown in the below image –
    eqMac Free Equalizer for Mac

    Equalizer on Mac (eqMac)

    Now simply adjust the corresponding toggles to change the Bass , Treble and adjust the equalizer to Bass , Flat , Jazz , Rock or any other type of Songs & Audio.

  • You can directly change the audio output from the topbar which no other equalizer app provides for free!.
  • Also eqMac isn’t a media player and changes the system audio Stream it works with iTunes, Spotify, Google Chrome (Youtube) or any other media app installed on your Macbook. Thus eqMac is a highly recommended app.

Note – Inorder to disable the app, simply Close the app by clicking on “Quit” in the drop-down menu and your Audio would be back to the normal Mac OS Output.


  1. vinotinto67 June 5, 2016

    Pretty nice equalizer for being free. But if you use an external bluetooth speaker, it won’t work. It will only work for your internal speakers.

    1. Chaitanya June 12, 2016

      Yes vino it’s pretty good for being free for Bluetooth we will try to look for an alternative app too 🙂

  2. VagãoTr July 31, 2016

    Save the day!!!!!

  3. brianX89 August 3, 2016

    It works, but the drop down menu only has one option: either “flat”, or when I click the pencil “custom”. I want the high bass, jazz, and other custom EQ features though.

  4. Vernon Miyata August 7, 2016

    I installed this under El Capitan on my MacBook Pro. I get dual sound outputs from both the headphone output and eqMac concurrently. Is there a way to mute the headphone output only?

    Thank you!


    1. Chaitanya August 7, 2016

      Hi Vernon, actually the headphones might not been plugged completely it happened with us too.. Please try to unplug and replug any other headphones to check whether the issue still persists..

  5. [email protected] August 8, 2016

    Great add on. Getting the most out of my music now. Got that bass to drown out the incessant stream of pop music from my coworkers.

    1. [email protected] September 8, 2016

      Follow up to my previous comment. Ive now had some time to use this add on. While it is still great to be able to adjust output levels it has some serious glitches.
      When reopening my laptop I have to either close the EQ or reopen if it is closed to get sound output. Its like it forgets that it has a job to do and you have to remind it once you ‘wake up’ your computer again.

      Also, the volume adjustment/gain is useless on this. If you turn it all the way up it does indeed make your output louder but when you use the Mac volume controls it stays loud all the way down the last click then it mutes so there is very little actual volume control.

      With a few tweaks this will be an excellent add on but as it is right now it is one where you will need to decide if the flaws are worth the extra headaches.

      1. Chaitanya September 19, 2016

        Hi Wilson,

        Yes it does needs some tweaks.. But its a good add-on overall if you have the habit of closing all apps before shut down.

      2. lmnop March 11, 2017

        I downloaded it and it worked great but the second I restarted my computer my audio got totally messed up, the sound sis all tiny and totally distorted and I have no way of fixing it. i tried removing the eq but it didn’t effect it at all.

        1. lmnop March 13, 2017

          I just noticed that any audio from the laptop whether its coming from the Mac itself or from a bluetooth speaker is also totally messed up.

  6. Bart August 21, 2016

    The installer won’t open or run. Nothing appears after I double click the DMG file. I use Mac OS El Capitan 10.11.6

    1. Bart August 21, 2016

      Sorry found it already. My mistake, hahaha

      1. Zac October 21, 2016

        What did you do? standing here and wondering, what i forgto – have the same problem with 10.11.6?!

  7. sketchpadaudio October 21, 2016

    I’ve installed everything and can see it installed in my toolbar at the top but when I move any fader bar the volume fader nothing happens.
    Have I missed something?
    I’ve tried opening and closing Spotify etc. but still nothing.

  8. Rafael October 29, 2016

    Thank you!!

  9. jonah November 17, 2016

    The default iTunes Music player on Mac OS X *DOES* come with an equalizer—FOR YEARS.

    1. Ron December 3, 2016

      I was about to post the same. For those who don’t know where it is look under Window in the menu bar. It also works with AirPlay and Bluetooth.

  10. aaron January 7, 2017

    this doesn’t work on my mac mini. it installs and runs and lets me alter setting but doesn’t actually change the only thing that does is the side bar that increases to overall volume.

    i use my mac mini wired to a mini stereo vie aux cable

  11. Bhavesh Ashok January 11, 2017

    This doesn’t work for OSX Sierra?

  12. machold January 30, 2017

    Screws up sound system in Sierra.

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  14. axiologisivouleytwnanna September 16, 2017

    Thank you so much!! I love it!


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