USB Overdrive
USB Overdrive
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USB Overdrive free download for Mac

USB Overdrive

3.4
25 September 2018

USB driver for USB and Bluetooth peripherals.

Overview

USB Overdrive is a macOS device driver that handles any USB or Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, trackball, joystick, gamepad or gaming device from any manufacturer and lets you configure it either globally or for specific applications.

USB Overdrive reads all kinds of wheels, buttons, keys, switches and controls and assigns them to useful actions like clicking, typing, scrolling, launching, opening documents and so forth. It can easily handle several USB devices at once and can assign different settings to each one.

USB Overdrive works in macOS 10.14 (Mojave), 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.12 (Sierra) and 10.11 (El Capitan). Older releases are available for previous macOS versions.

What's new in USB Overdrive

Version 3.4:
  • Now fully compatible with macOS 10.14 Mojave

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Steven-Goodheart
21 September 2009

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Bought a license 9 years ago...used it for quite a while, and then had various Microsoft Intellitype keyboards and used MS's pref pane instead for customization (I'm no fan of MS, but they make a damn fine, comfortable, usable keyboard) Then, with Snow Leopard, the IntelliType and IntelliMouse pref pane/driver mostly broke, and the MS site says there won't be a SL compatible pref pane until mid-October. (I posted info and the MS link at a recent review of the Intellitype software here on MacUpdate.) Since I make a living with my keyboard, I really was in a bind, because I can barely type on a regular keyboard after being so spoiled by the comfortable, splayed-hand layout of the IntelliType boards....so, I thought, "Well, USBOverdrive was always rock solid for me, wonder if it will talk to my IntelliType Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboard." I downloaded it, tried, and was able to get back 95% of my IntelliType's special keys (the only thing USBOverdrive can't seem to program are the special "My Favorites" keys (1 through 5) although it *can* program the "star* key that the MS pref pane uses to program those 5 keys. Also, USB doesn't see the Windows "Apps" key on the right side of the keyboard, but I never used that even with the MS pref pane.) So, to save my bacon, I happily bought a new copy of USBOverdrive and consider it money very well-spent. Not only can it program the heck out of just about any keyboard, including MS's Ergonomic Seri9es, but almost any mouse, giving full-functionality to my MS Laser 6000 cordless mouse to boot. (Of course, it also does all kinds of joysticks and other USB devices, but I don't use them.) If I didn't want to be able to finally program "My Favorites" keys, I probably would just dump the MS pref panes for good -- but when MS finally comes out with the new pref panes, I'll probably want to program my "My Favorites" -- it's so handy to punch a button to open an app, switch, run a script -- almost anything you can think of. In the meantime, I'm very, very happy with USB Overdrive X 3.0 and am making my own "favorites" with various F-key combos. Hmmm, maybe I won't go back after all. :) Anyway, this is a rock-solid, feature-packed piece of software with a very reasonable price and I highly recommend it to anyone who want to program their keyboard or mouse. It was a real god-send to me in my work.
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Version 3.0
Macguruguy
18 February 2019
Not working in 10.14.3 with Logitech devices on USB hub. Devices not recognized.
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Version 3.4
Jer
10 November 2018
Fantastic app, if you can get it to work. The developer appears to be continuing development but it seems like there are more and more problems with each new macOS. Eventually through many reboots, reinstalls, device unplug/plugin, then the device is recognized. Then randomly, there are other issues that happen with the cursor which rebooting fixes. I have emailed the developer with no response.
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Version 3.4
Macguruguy
07 December 2017
No longer works properly in 10.13.2. Doesn't recognize all devices.
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Version 3.3
Macguruguy
01 November 2017
Had some initial problems, but working now.
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Version 3.3
t-g-anger
20 October 2016
As already told here, after Sierra update there is an issue with selection or files dragging, while scrolling the mouse wheel. Hope it will be fixed soon. Otherwise it is a great product! Using it to remap A4Tech mouse soft-keys to copy/paste, it highly increases the workflow.
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Version 3.3
Endymion0000
27 September 2016
Anyone else having a drag while using the scrollwheel issue? This happens throughout all applications, but here's a specific case in the Finder. If I select a file and drag it, then use the scrollwheel to move more quickly in the window list view, the file is immediately dropped when the scrollwheel is used and whatever file is under the pointer is then picked up until I use the scrollwheel again and the issue repeats. If I disable USB Overdrive, then select/drag and use the scrollwheel works as expected allowing me to scroll to a new location before I release the mouse button to drop the file. This is also how USB Overdrive worked prior to macOS Sierra. I'm using a Logitech Marathon M705 mouse. I've submitted the issue to Alessandro, but haven't heard anything back yet.
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Version 3.3
danilichdim
16 August 2016
Saver usb driver! I've bought myself a mad catz rat 3 and what a disappointment it was for me to see, that there was not hover function and madcatz driver did nothing to fix that. But thankfully I've found this treasure! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
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Version 3.2
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danilichdim
danilichdim
17 August 2016
Actually, it worked for one day and then stopped for unknown reason.
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Reddog99
16 December 2015
FYI, if you use a Magic Mouse2 and have trouble with kernel panics whenever the mouse is activated, then this 3.2 update should fix that. (using 10.11.2).
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Version 3.2
Big Johnson
11 August 2015
Generally works okay with my Logitech MX Revolution mouse, although not as useful as SteerMouse. I miss having the cursor move automatically to the default button in a window. And I ABSOLUTELY HATE that this app WILL NOT FUNCTION after rebooting until I open it in System Preference, then I can close it and move on. Didn't have that problem with SteerMouse. Right now the Status pane contains a list of devices that are "handled by USBO." The list contains most of my USB devices currently in use, including laptop speakers, an external hard drive and a USB headphone amplifier/DAC. I don't know what USBO thinks it's gonna do with those, but they're in the list. The only item in the list actually being handled by USBO is the Logitech USB receiver for my mouse.
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Version 3.1
3 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
17 January 2016
The annoying problem of not functioning after reboot was either fixed in v3.1 or was due to a problem on my last computer running Yosemite.
A month ago I got a new computer with El Capitan and installed v3.1and it launches properly upon reboot, thus eliminating one of my complaints about the app.

My review was written while using 3.0.1, despite it showing 3.1 in the corner.

Now I'd like to see more functions added to rival Steermouse, specifically moving the cursor to predefined buttons in windows or dialog boxes automatically (with options for immediate or moving cursor).

Right now the price matches that of Steermouse, yet Steermouse includes more features.

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Uncoy
Uncoy
19 August 2016
I've noticed OS X behaving much better as El Capitan (later versions) than any version of Yosemite. I can't get click to scroll to work though under USB Overdrive 3.2 on Kensington trackballs (two different ones).
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fred_ugly
fred_ugly
28 April 2017
Works fine with old Logitech MX 700 mouse and keyboard with the charging cradle. Plug it in and USB Overdrive recognizes it right away.

Does not immediately recognize newer Logitech Performance MX mouse with universal receiver. Nothing appears in status pane. Plug it in and have to restart the Mac for USB Overdrive to recognize it.

Just an annoyance. I would happily pay for the shareware if this problem was fixed. External mouse is unusable without it (speed, acceleration, reverse scroll vs trackpad).
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Levelbest
16 March 2015
Today is 16 March, 2015. I wrote this developer almost 2 weeks ago, no reply. I don't know if this is still in development. I need something to use an old Kensington Expert Mouse (Trackball). It is a PS/2 model that needs a PS/2 to male USB connector. I got one of those two into one dongles but the software recognizes the footprint of the dongle, not the trackball. I need to order a small pass through connector like this unit came with. I can accelerate my trackball with this software but It appears to not understand the buttons very well. I was hoping the developer could help or offer a suggestion but, he appears to be not answering his emails.
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Version 3.1
2 answer(s)
Ikir
Ikir
26 July 2015
Sometimes the author takes a lot to reply! He should update website more often. He is a very nice guy, but i think USB OverDrive is not his priority anymore.
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Uncoy
Uncoy
19 August 2016
No, the older PS/2 Kensington Trackballs don't do too well under USB Overdrive unfortunately. I have one too. Detecting the clicks through an adapter is a pretty thankless job. The Kensington Blade Trackbacll is the best of the modern ones. New Expert Mouse is garbage (good for a couple of years at best, cheap feel in use).
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4.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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