How to install Midi Remote Scripts into Ableton

by John Carney last updated Jun 14, 2018

If you're here it should mean that you've successfully created your first Midi Remote Script with Remotify and now want to install it into Ableton.

If you haven't made a script yet, read our beginners tutorial on how to make your first midi remote script with Remotify.

Installing your script is a pretty simple process:

After hitting 'download script' in the Remotify app and seeing the success message, your script will be automatically downloaded to the 'downloads' folder on your computer.

download script

In there you'll see a folder with the name of your custom script.

zipped remote script

At the moment it will have the extension '.zip'.

Zip folders are used to compess data into a smaller size for sending across the internet

You now need to extract the contents of the zip folder for use with Ableton. There are different tools to do this depending on your Operating System.

If you're on windows, you'll need to first install an application to extract from zip folders.
I'd recommend the hugely popular free winzip app.

If you're on a Mac, no need to download anything, you can use the 'Archive' utility to do it.

Extracting from a zip folder is easy:

Double click or right click the zip folder and select 'Extract All' then follow the on screen instructions.

Once completed you will see a new folder appear, this is your midi remote script folder.

unzipped remote script

You now need to move your script folder into Ableton's 'midi remote scripts' folder.

Where to find Ableton Live's 'Midi Remote Scripts' folder on Windows & Mac operating systems

1. On Mac
The Remote Script folder is located inside the Ableton Live application bundle. To access it, locate the Live application in Finder, right click on it and select "Show Package Contents" in the appearing context menu. Then navigate to: /Contents/App-Resources/MIDI Remote Scripts/

2. On Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8+
\ProgramData\Ableton\Live x.x\Resources\MIDI Remote Scripts\

3. On Windows XP
\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Ableton\Live x.x\Resources\MIDI Remote Scripts

Once you've moved your midi remote script folder to the relevant place for your operating system,
start up Ableton and navigate to the link/midi tab in the preferences menu.

Under 'control surface' click the menu and find your Midi Remote Script in the list.

Ableton preferences control surface select

Select your midi controller as both the input and output for the script (make sure the controller is connected to your computer first!).
You'll immediately see a message appear at the bottom of the screen in Live which includes the name of your script and the words "made with remotify".

connection message

In the midi ports section also turn on 'Track' and 'Remote' for both the input & output of your script.
These are usually required in order to get LED feedback to your midi controller if it has that ability.

track and remote midi ports

Close the Preferences menu.
Move the inputs on your midi controller and you will see the corresponding parameters move inside Ableton.

If your controls don't work, there may be a problem with the remote script. Have a read through our guide on how to fix a broken midi remote script