Setting up MacXM

I've tried to make setting MacXM up as easy as possible. I'd like to just make a single disk image with an installer that does everything, but unfortunately part of the procedure is to install a driver that is not open-source. Because the project is hosted on SourceForge, I must obey their policy which forbids me from adding non-open-source files.

So this procedure is as easy as it is going to get.

  1. If you don't have one already, you need to go buy an XM PCR.
  2. Since installing the driver will force you to reboot, you may want to either print the instructions out or bookmark this page so you can easily come back when you're done.
  3. Download the driver.
  4. Download the latest version of MacXM.
  5. Install the driver package file you downloaded earlier. The installation will force you to reboot.
  6. After rebooting, plug in your XM PCR antenna and aim it towards the satellites. Plug a pair of powered speakers into the line-out jack and connect a USB cable directly from a USB port on your mac to the XM PCR (see the FAQ for why USB hubs aren't recommended).
  7. Start MacXM.
  8. For 99.9% of you, that should be it. You should hear the XM preview channel come out of the speakers. If so, then you're done!
  9. If you don't hear the preview channel, type command-? and go to the troubleshooting section of the built-in help.
This set of instructions is also in the MacXM built-in help (command-?).

If you're having trouble, the best place to turn for help is the software support forum at