Ableton “Generic Unix Executable” Issue for Mac Fixed

How to Fix Ableton Live’s “Generic Unix Executable” Issue on Mac!

Have you unzipped one of my downloads on a Mac and run into the “Generic Unix Executable” issue? Well, here is how to fix it, and it’s really easy!

I zip all my presets. I do that because for a while there if I uploaded the naked .adg file, for example, to mediafire the website would block the download. Because of the odd file extension, the bots figured it might be malicious. Zipping the files worked around that, and also made consolidating multiple files easy.

I have had people that use Macs complain, every so often, that the files weren’t working and were coming up with a strange, unrecognizable extension. Well, after posting my newest tutorial on Making a Kick Drum with Operator a user on reddit was kind enough to share the fix.

The Problem.

When you download and decompress an Ableton Live Rack (.adg), Set (.als), or Pack (.alp) file that was created and zipped in Windows, then try to open it on a Mac system, OS X occasionally has trouble dealing with the file format. Instead of associating the rack, pack or set with Ableton and opening it therein, the operating system marks the file as a “Generic Unix Executable,” meaning that it doesn’t really know what it is. Here’s how to fix the problem and open an ADG, ALS, or ALP file that you’ve downloaded to a Mac. –

The Solution.

  • Open the location of the downloaded ADG, ALS, or ALP file in Finder.
  • Manually add the appropriate file extension to the filename. For example, if you’re trying to open an Ableton rack, you’d add an “.adg” extension, like so: “awesome-bass-fx-rack.adg”.
  • Control-click the file. Select “Open With” from the context menu and click “Ableton Live.” Live should launch and open the rack, pack, or set correctly. –

A list of Ableton Live Extensions. But, the two you are probably going to need are .adg for racks and .adv for single device presets.


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Author: Joshua Casper

Joshua Casper is an Artist, Musician, and Blogger.

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