Top 7 Blu-Ray Players for Mac Worth Downloading

Blu-ray Disc is a good format for video enthusiasts looking for picture and sound quality. But many Mac users have complained that they could not play Blu-ray movies on Mac because Apple does not support Blu-ray natively playback. Even if it has an external Blu-ray drive, Mac can not play Blu-ray movies with Quick Time or other media players from the original source discs. End with dead-ends? Of course not, reading on this article to get a proper tool on your Mac that decrypt Blu-ray disc/ISO images properly, based on the unbiased ratings of both best Blu-ray player hardware and software with their impressive specifications reviews.

Best Blu-ray player on Mac

➤ Part 1 Best Blu-ray playing hardware to turn Mac as Blu-ray Player

➤ Part 2 Top 5 best Blu-ray player software for Mac 2017

➤ Part 3 Comparison of top 5 Blu-ray player for Mac reviews

Best Blu-ray playing hardware to turn Mac as Blu-ray Player

The first step to be able to play Blu-rays on a Mac is to purchase a Blu-ray drive. You can get an external, USB Blu-ray drive for less than $50, though you might want to look around the $80 to $100 range to find a good one. (The cheaper models are usually from unknown vendors and often get poor reviews from users.) Here to share with you some reviews about some Blu-ray Drive, hoping to provide some references for you.

1. Samsung SE-506BB/TSBD 6X USB2.0 External Slim Blu-ray Writer Drive

It can get all the power it needs from a USB connection so there is no hassle of power cables. The Samsung Blu-ray RW supports both PC and Mac systems, as well as multimedia Television (if it has a USB input). Its price is $93.40.

2. Pioneer BDR-XD05B Blu-ray drive

Pioneer BDR-XD05B is the lightest and most compact Blu-ray drive we tested, it was the fastest at burning and ripping DVDs, and it comes with a USB 3.0 Y-cable, which is handy if your computer can’t power the drive from one port. The Pioneer is slower to rip Blu-rays than competing drives and a bit noisier, though.

Top 5 best Blu-ray player Software for Mac 2017

Getting the drive is only half the battle, though. You'll also need software to watch your Blu-ray movies. Apple doesn't include drivers to decrypt that information, since Blu-ray isn't included on the Mac. Fortunately, here rounded up the top 5 Blu-ray player on market to play Blu-ray disc on your Mac in 2017 to help you along.

1. 8K Player

As the world's No.1 Blu-ray player software for Mac OS, 8K Player for Mac is designed to play all Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray ISO files, or Blu-ray (BDMV) folders with high quality on all Mac computer - MacOS X(10.12 included) Sierra, Mountain Lion, Snow Leopard, Mavericks, El Capitan etc.. Besides, it is compatible with DVD content, which means it can be regarded as a professional DVD player for Mac, and accepts DVD counterparts (DVD disc/folder/ISO image file). With it, you can watch Blu-ray/DVD disc in lossless quality, regardless of disc protection and region code, as well as 3D videos and the 4K/5K/8K Ultra HD video like 4K MP4, and 4K MKV, 1080P Full HD video like HD MP4, HD MKV, HD AVI, HD TS, HD VOB, etc., 720P HD video and SD video like MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, etc. All images are displayed clearly and crisply. It lets you enjoy smooth video playing without any bugs and a artifacts.

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As one of the best Blu-ray player software on Mac you won't miss out, 8K Player for Mac owns:

  • Enable playback of 3D/4K UHD DVD/Blu-ray disc regardless of the protection code like AACS, BD+ or the latest MKB, CSS, Sony ArccOS, Disney X-project DRM etc;
  • With single video looping and A-B repeating to automatically replay segments of any videos, DVD, Blu-ray etc. media files;
  • Accept more than 40 audio file formats remux in Blu-ray disc like DTS 5.1/7.1 surrounding sound, AAC, AC3, ACT, MP3, WAV, WMA, WV, XA and XWMA etc;
  • Bookmark in video whenever your inspiration coming out for future replaying;
  • GIF creator to turn video to personnel animated funny image frames;

Note: This free standalone Blu-ray 8K player also enables you to watch all video files on Windows PC. If needed, please turn to its Blu-ray player for Windows version (XP/7/8/10 included)

Play blu-ray on Mac with 8K player

Step 1. Download and Launch this Blu-ray 8K Player on Mac.

Step 2. Import Blu-ray contents to 8K player Mac

Click "↗️" icon to get the popup playing menu, and tap "Open Bluray" to load the Blu-ray video you want to play into it after inserting the Blu-ray disc into the Mac external Blu-ray Drive. Then, it will begin playing without any delay.

Tip: This Blu-ray media player also comes with lots of options, enabling you to record screen's activities, make bookmark during Blu-ray watching, also choose the dedicated parts in Blu-ray playing to loop and more, which you can do some personalized setting with this professional Blu-ray player on Mac.

2. VLC media player

VLC, is the well-known media player software, can run on Mac OS X (Windows and Linux included also), that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. In fact, VLC 2.0 or later version supports the Blu-ray playback with some extra operations. So if you are using an old VLC version please please upgrade to get Blu-ray playback feature. To install the Blu-ray plug-ins, you always need to follow the guide as follow, after getting the necessary files from

1. KEYS Database
Mac OS: put it in ~/Library/Preferences/aacs/ (create it if it does not exist)
2. AACS Dynamic Library
Mac OS: right-click on VLC, choose "Show package contents" and put that file in Contents/MacOS/lib/

However, to install VLC on Mac for playing Blu-ray, it's too complicated to handle for a regular user, compared with the best Mac media player 8K Player. And VLC does not yet support Blu-ray menus so you must manually select title to play. What's worse, sometimes, not all Blu-ray movies are supported, due to VLC can only deal with the Blu-ray discs with the corresponding AACS keys in its library.

3. DVDFab Media Player

DVDFab Media Player is a Windows based media player software that can not only plays Blu-ray & DVD discs with Blu-ray Navigation Menu, but also plays Blu-ray & DVD folders, ISO image files and along with almost any media file format you have on your computer. Its Mac version was also released. The function is nearly the same as its Windows version. But this application lacks key features we look for such as 3D support and the ability to upscale SD video to fit an HD screen, as which are found in 8K Player for Mac.

4. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can play all commercial and non-commercial blu-ray discs, folders and ISO files in different regions on Mac and PC, as well as on iOS devices, such as iPhone / iPad / iPad mini / iPod touch (iTouch). When the blu-ray playing feature is enabled, it can reduce the RAM usage, as well as 20 to 50 percent of the CPU usage. That means your Mac’s battery will last longer, and you are able to multitask while watching Blu-ray movies. Almost all kinds of video, audio, photo formats can be played with it. However, this software doesn't support 3D Blu-ray movie, either.

5. Aurora Blu-ray Media Player

Aurora Blu-ray Media Player is an all-in-one Blu-ray Player can play Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray ISO files or Blu-ray folder on Mac and PC like the first 8K Player for Mac. It can play a range of media file types like MP4, MOV etc. It has all of the Blu-ray control functionality you would expect and is fully touch screen compatible for those of you playing media on tablets.

The video playback is good but the application does not support lossless audio so you may find that your sound is not as crisp as you would like. One of the biggest drawbacks to the Aurora Blu-ray player is that it will use approximately half of your CPU. If your HTPC media centre is running Blu-ray on Kodi or any other front-end application you may see your machine struggle at times, which make it inferior to 8K Player.

Comparison of top 5 Blu-ray player for Mac reviews

If you want more information to know which blu-ray player for Mac OS X is the best blu-ray player for Mac, the below comparison chart would be helpful as per the main features reviews of these top 5 blu-ray player for Mac OS X in details.

8K Player VLC Media Player DVDFab Media Player Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player Aurora Blu-ray Media Player
Video Ability
Play Cinavia Protected Blu-rays and Videos Home-made only
Play DVD/Blu-ray ISO Files Directly ✓(codec pack/plug-in needed)
Play DVD/BDMV/AVCHD Discs ✓(codec pack/plug-in needed)
Blu-ray Playlist selection ✓(codec pack/plug-in needed)
Play like all video/audio like AVI, MKV, WMV, ASF, 3GP, MPG, MP4, M2T, MOV, MP3, OGG, etc.
Play UHD 4K videos & HD Upscaling Up to 2K    
Play 3D videos file        
Audio Ability
FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC)  
Dolby TrueHD/DTS HD  
Lossless audio playback    
Other Playback Features
Watching history Library      
Looping by single video or specific segment    
Add bookmark to record video inspiration      
Make GIF directly from video        
Screen recorder to record video tutorials        
Select subtitles and audio tracks
Supported OS
Tech Support  
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