To watch planes live you need a USB radio receiver to use as a data feed. It doesn't need to be plugged into the computer you use to watch planes with as long as you can connect to that computer with a network connection. The app comes with a 7 day free trial so you can test out your setup and make sure it works before paying anything for the app!

If you get stuck please email support!

The most common configuration is a USB device plugged into the Mac. It takes 3 steps.

You are going to need a USB RTL-SDR (or "DVB Tuner").

Step 1: Plug in the USB device


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Step 2: Download and run Dump1090 Mac Server


Download Dump1090 Mac Server for free here.
Press Start and you should see "Status: Running…".


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Step 3: Pick "localhost" in Max Planes


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Now you should be up and running!

If you don't see "Connected" then email support for help.

Optional Step 4: Connect Max Planes from other computers


Other computers on your WiFi network can now connect to the same Dump1090 Mac Server and watch planes as well.

In the "Connection…" menu on other computers you should see your first computer's name. Click that and you will be watching the same data feed over your network.