[New Stuff] Updated Mac Drivers

Hello there!

Do you own a Mac and an Arduino board with the FTDI chip, the most widely used chip in Arduino devices for USB communication? Then you probably know that Apple’s default drivers for FTDI on Yosemite weren’t working correctly. You had to manually download them from FTDI chip site and install them.

So what did we do for you?

We released our new Mac drivers package, which includes the drivers for the FTDI chip for Yosemite. No more searching, downloading and installing is needed, and furthermore they work with all OSX for Mac.

Is this enough? Of course not…

We talked to WCH, the manufacturer of CH340G chip which is a great new alternative to FTDI,  and we created a new driver that supports the CH340G chip on Yosemite (a world first!) and all OSX for Mac.

As a result, you can now install these drivers securely, without having to disable your computers’ security settings, as you did in the past. Both drivers are included in one package, and all you have to do is to download and install them and you are good to go! Simple as that.

As always you are welcome to drop us a line if you have any feedback, comments or ideas!



  1. Felix

    16 Jul 2015 19:59:10

    Hey Antonis,

    thank you man! You saved my day and no need anymore to have this Windows VM.

    Cheers from Germany

    • Antonis

      17 Jul 2015 11:10:37

      Hello Felix, and thank you for the kind words!

      If you need any further help from me, you can contact me at anytime
      at [email protected]

      Best Regards
      Antonis CC

  2. Shenghua

    24 Jul 2015 17:18:16


    I’ve got a DCCduino Nano, and I’ve installed your package, it still cannot be found.
    My machine: iMac 27, mid 2011, OS X Yosemite 10.10.4

    any suggestion?


    • Shenghua

      24 Jul 2015 17:23:09

      I forgot to say: previously I had installed the driver from FTDI website. Is this a conflict?

  3. Shenghua

    25 Jul 2015 07:58:51

    Finally I found the reason: it can not be connected to Mac via usb extensional cable. If it connected directly to usb slot of Mac, it will show in /dev folder. However, usb hub works well (I use a Belkin usb hub).

    The only issue is: occasionally it will crash the system to cause the Mac reboot. Next time when crash happened, I will copy and paste here

    • Antonis

      27 Jul 2015 14:30:55

      Hello there,

      I am happy to know that you managed to find a solution for your issue.
      For any questions or issues you might have, please keep in mind that you can contact me at anytime at [email protected].

      Best Regards
      Antonis CC

  4. Andy

    10 Aug 2015 20:35:43

    Thanks a lot! This finally made my cheap nanos work!

    /Andy from Sweden

  5. Bob

    30 Sep 2015 15:31:37

    The link to the driver keeps trying to make me install the firefox plugin, which I don’t want to do. Can you post the direct link to the driver itself?


    • Antonis

      07 Oct 2015 13:31:14

      Hello there Bob,

      The link to our Drivers is actually this one: https://codebender.cc/static/walkthrough/page/3. But according to what you said, you are not able to press the “Download Drivers”, is that correct? I understand if you don’t want to install our Firefox plugin, but I can’t help you more from here 🙁 . Can you contact us at [email protected], so that I’ll help you further with your inquiry?

      Best Regards
      Antonis CC

  6. Fernando

    09 Nov 2015 07:19:01

    Muchas gracias hermano , tu código me salvo la vida.

    thanks !!!

  7. Lucciniolo

    13 Jan 2016 19:27:28

    Many thanks from Paris.

    You save my day ! I was looking for the right driver for my mac.

    best regards,

  8. stu

    02 Feb 2016 12:46:51

    Hi, thanks for your hard work, but it’s unclear what your pkg contains. And there is no uninstall option or documentation on how to uninstall. Like many users I therefore will not use it. If you could make it clear (ideally via opensource) exactly what is in your package as well as providing a clean uninstall option your hard work would be useful to more people like myself ?

    thanks again.

    • Fay Candiliari

      10 Feb 2016 13:50:44

      HI there stu!
      It contains repackaged manufacturers’ drivers. If the manufacturers provide uninstall instructions for their drivers then you can follow those instructions. For closed source drivers we unfortunately can’t provide source code either because we don’t have access to it or because we don’t have permission. If you’d like us to add uninstall instructions please make a request 🙂

      • filbip

        26 Apr 2016 00:25:05

        Same issue here on OSX 10.11.3.
        The ch34x driver from WCH crashes… and your FTDI driver is not better. OSX crashes and reboot when I plug a ch340 device.

        Why didn’t you give this uninstal procedure ???
        To uninstall your kext, under terminal the command is :

        sudo rm -r /System/Library/Extensions/FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext

        Minimal thanks 😉

        • Fotellos

          08 Jun 2016 12:59:36

          Hi there,
          If you had any issues with the drivers, you could have contacted us at [email protected]. You see
          the driver installer is tested and crashes are really, really rare. The steps of uninstalling
          the drivers distributed by codebender are described here.

  9. Søren Reinke

    23 Jul 2016 21:34:14

    Just tried to install the chrome plugin, then download your driver and install it on my Macbook Pro 10.11.6

    But the driver never shows up when doing ls -l /dev/tty*

    What to do?

  10. John B

    07 Mar 2017 03:47:47

    Found this thread after doing some research on getting Nano clones with CH340 chips to work with Macs. The links above are no longer good. The link to the download page doesn’t offer a download and the link to the knowledgebase article results in a page not found. I am hoping you will update these pages or post new links here and I’m purposely posting here so that others who search will be able to benefit from your reply.


  11. Oliver

    11 Jun 2018 19:00:33

    Trying to install your driver on an old Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.
    The page tells me I should install the plugin – but the app needs 10.8 to run.

    any ideas beside buying a new mac?


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