How to Install VST Plugins on Windows, Mac, FL Studio

Here are helpful video tutorials on how to install VST plugins on Windows, Mac, FL Studio, Audacity, and Reaper.

Our website has tons of free VST plugins, so we want to provide you with helpful information on how to add VST plugins to your computer and music software.

How to Install VST Plugins on Windows

This video is for general installation of VST plugins on your Windows computers.

Instructions to install a VST plugin on Windows:

  1. Download the VST to your computer.
  2. Unzip the VST file.
  3. Copy the .dll file to the VST plugin folder. This folder may be named differently.
  4. Rescan your plugin directory in your music software.
  5. Done!

How to Install VST Plugins in FL Studio

This video mentions both FL Studio 10 and FL Studio 9, but I believe the info should work for all versions of FL Studio.

Instructions to install a VST plugin on FL Studio:

How to Install VST Plugins on Windows, Mac, & FL Studio
  1. Download the VST to your computer.
  2. Unzip the VST file.
  3. Copy the .dll file to your VST plugin folder. This folder may be named differently for you.
  4. In FL Studio click Channels up top and click the Refresh button to scan your VST plugin folder.
  5. Look for the new VST plugin you added and check the box next to it.
  6. Done!

How to Host Windows VST Plugins on a Mac

This video shows you how to run Windows .dll VST plugins. You will need to install the VFX Host Software on your Mac and also a program called SoundFlower.


How to Install VST Plugins in Audacity

Audacity is a great audio editing software.


How to Install VST Plugins to Reaper


How to Install vst Plugins in LMMS

This short tutorial will show you how to install VST plugins in the LMMS music app.


Check out these free VST plugins post:

I hope you guys find these tutorials to be helpful.

Mark V. at Hip Hop Makers

Written By Mark V.

Hip Hop Makers is a music production website that launched in 2008 to teach music lovers how to make music, sell beats, and make money from music.

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  1. Great, I was looking for help.I installed 2 plugins already. Many thanks.

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