Record, Edit, and Share: Free Screen Recording Tools for Mac Users

Are you a Mac user looking for a reliable and free screen recording tool? Look no further. In this article, we will explore some of the best options available to record, edit, and share your screen effortlessly. Whether you need to create tutorials, demos, or presentations, these tools have got you covered. Let’s dive in.

QuickTime Player: The Built-in Solution

If you own a Mac, you already have access to an excellent screen recording tool – QuickTime Player. This built-in application allows you to capture your screen with just a few clicks. To get started, open QuickTime Player from your Applications folder or search for it using Spotlight.

Once the application is open, click on “File” in the menu bar and select “New Screen Recording.” A small recording window will appear on your screen. Before starting the recording, make sure to adjust the settings by clicking on the arrow next to the red record button. You can choose whether to include audio from your microphone or capture mouse clicks.

When you’re ready to begin recording, click on the red record button. After capturing your desired content, click on the stop button in the menu bar or press “Control + Command + Esc.” Your recorded video will automatically open in QuickTime Player for editing and saving.

OBS Studio: A Powerful and Versatile Option

If you need more advanced features than what QuickTime Player offers, OBS Studio (Open Broadcaster Software) is an excellent choice. This free and open-source software is widely used by content creators for live streaming as well as screen recording.

OBS Studio provides users with extensive customization options such as multiple scenes and sources that can be easily switched during recording. It also supports various video formats and allows real-time audio mixing during capture.

To start using OBS Studio on your Mac, download it from their official website and install it like any other application. Once installed, you can create a new scene by clicking on the plus icon under the “Scenes” section. Add sources to your scene by clicking on the plus icon under the “Sources” section.

To begin recording, click on “Start Recording” in the lower-right corner of the OBS Studio window. Once you’re done, click on “Stop Recording.” Your recorded video will be saved in the location you specified during setup.

ShareX: A Feature-packed Screen Recording Tool

ShareX is a popular screen recording tool that offers a wide range of features for Mac users. This free and open-source software allows you to capture screenshots, record videos, and share them effortlessly.

One of ShareX’s standout features is its customizable capture modes. You can choose to capture a specific region, active window, full screen, or even scrolling areas. Additionally, ShareX supports various annotation tools like arrows, text boxes, and blur effects to enhance your recordings.

To get started with ShareX on your Mac, download and install it from their official website. Once installed, you can customize your settings by clicking on the gear icon in the top-right corner of the application window.

To start recording your screen using ShareX, select the desired capture mode from the toolbar at the top of the window. Adjust any additional settings according to your preferences. When ready, click on the record button or use its hotkey (by default it is F8) to start recording. Press F8 again or click stop when finished.

Loom: Simplified Screen Recording and Sharing

Loom is another fantastic option for Mac users seeking an intuitive screen recording tool. With Loom’s simple interface and powerful features, you can quickly record your screen and seamlessly share it with others.

Loom allows you to capture not only your entire screen but also specific application windows or browser tabs. It also provides a handy floating control bar that lets you start, pause, and stop recordings with ease. Additionally, Loom offers cloud storage for your recordings and provides a shareable link to collaborate and present your work conveniently.

To start using Loom on your Mac, sign up for an account on their website or install the Loom extension for your preferred browser. Once installed, you can access the recording options by clicking on the Loom icon in your browser toolbar.

To record your screen using Loom, click on the “New Recording” button and select the desired recording mode. Adjust any settings according to your needs, and when ready, click on the record button. Once you’re done recording, click on the stop button in the control bar. Your video will be automatically uploaded to your Loom account for easy sharing.


As a Mac user, you have several excellent options when it comes to free screen recording tools. Whether you prefer QuickTime Player’s simplicity or need more advanced features offered by OBS Studio or ShareX, there is a tool that will suit your needs. And if you value simplicity combined with seamless sharing capabilities, Loom is an excellent choice. So go ahead and start capturing and sharing your screen effortlessly today.

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