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How To Play Lethal Company On Mac

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Lethal Company isn’t available for Mac but here we show you how to easily install and play Lethal Company on a Mac using a few different methods.

Lethal Company is a co-op horror game where you have to scavenge around on abandoned moons to sell scrap to the Company.

The game has become incredibly popular since its release on October 23rd but unfortunately it has only been released on Steam to Windows PC users.

Fear not however as here we show you how to play it including on Apple Silicon Macs.

All of these methods allow you to play Lethal Company on your own or against other players by connecting to a server.

Is Lethal Company Available For Mac?

The short answer is no. The game is only available to download on Steam for Windows PCs.

Currently the game is an “Early Release” version meaning its still a work in progress and the game its not fully completed.

The full system requirements to play Lethal Company are:

64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i5-7400 CPU @ 3.00GHz ; Shader Model 5
Graphics: NVIDIA GForce GTX 1050
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 1 GB available space

However, here we show you some easy ways to play Lethal Company on a Mac.

1. Crossover

Crossover allows you to play Lethal Company by emulating Windows within macOS.

We think Crossover is the best way way to play Windows games on a Mac and it works perfectly with Lethal Company.

Crossover works on both Intel Macs and Apple Silicon Macs and is also compatible with the latest version of macOS Sonoma.

You can try Crossover free for 14 days but after that you’ll need a subscription starting at $74.

You can also check out our full Crossover review for more.

Follow these instructions to play Lethal Company with Crossover.

  • If you haven’t already got one, sign-up for a Steam account.
  • Add Lethal Company for Windows to your game library on the Steam Store. The game costs $10.

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  • Download the free trial of Crossover.
  • Install Crossover by double clicking on the Zip file that downloads and then drag the Crossover application to your Applications folder.
  • Click on “Try Now” to start the 14 day free trial unless you’ve already purchased a Crossover license.

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  • You then need to connect Steam to Crossover. To do this, search for “Steam” in Crossover.

link steam to crossover mac

  • Crossover will then connect with Steam. Once this is done, you need to activate DXVK (which is the Vulkan backend for D3D 11) and ESync to make sure that Lethal Company plays smoothly in Crossover. To enable DXVK and Esync in Crossover, select “Steam” under “Bottles” on the left in Crossover.

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  • Select the Advanced Options on the right and click the slider to on for both DXVK and ESync.

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  • Double click on Steam to launch it and login into your Steam account. Go to your Steam Library where you will see Lethal Company from when you purchased it earlier. Click on the big blue “Install” button to install it on your Mac. You can now play Lethal Company in Steam on your Mac!

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If you have problems with Lethal Company crashing in Crossover, then try adjusting some of the game settings.

We recommend the following settings for best performance:

  • Set the Video settings to “Full screen” or “Windowed mode”
  • Set most of the Advanced Video settings set to “Medium” or “Low”

2. Whisky

Whisky is a free tool that’s based on the same technology as Crossover but doesn’t require a subscription to use.

It’s not as stable as Crossover and doesn’t support as many games but it is free to use and easy to setup.

To play Lethal Company using Whisky just follow these instructions:

  • Download the latest release of Whisky. You need to download the Whisky.zip file.

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  • Double click on the ZIP file to unzip it and then drag Whisky to your Applications folder and double click on it to run it. If you receive the message:

“Whisky.app” can’t be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software. This software needs to be updated. Contact the developer for more information.

whisky app warning macos

Click on “Open” to run it. The reason for this message is that, because Whisky has not been downloaded via the Mac App Store, macOS Gatekeeper is warning you that it has not been signed by Apple but it does not mean that Whisky is unsafe to use.

  • When Whisky opens, you simply follow the on-screen instructions to set it up. Whisky will automatically install Rosetta, Wine and the Apple Game Porting Toolkit (GPTK) on your Mac which are all the tools that Whisky requires to work.

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  • When all of these are installed, Click on “Next” to continue.

whisky setup mac - rosetta, wine, gptk

  • You then need to click on the “+” button in the top right corner to create a new bottle in Whisky. Bottles are self contained environments that you need to create for every Windows game or app you want to install. In this example, we created a new bottle for the Steam gaming platform and used Windows 10 which offers the widest compatibility with most games on Steam. Once you’ve created a bottle for Steam, it works for any games you install with Steam – you don’t need to keep creating a bottle for each separate game.

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  • Click on the “Run” button in the bottom right corner to configure the bottle for Steam.

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  • Next you need to download the Steam.exe client which is the Windows desktop version of Steam. It’s important that you download the Windows version of Steam and not the Mac version. By default, Steam will detect you are using a Mac and serve you the Mac DMG version of the Steam desktop client but you can change this manually to the Windows download by clicking on the Windows logo (see below).

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  • Browse to the Steam Setup.exe download in Whisky and click on “Open” in the bottom right corner to start installing the Windows Steam client.

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  • Whisky will then prompt you for access to the file on your Mac. Click “OK”. Whisky will then run the Steam EXE installer just as if you were installing it on a Windows PC.

steam setup whisky mac

  • When the installation is complete, just make sure that “Run Steam” is selected and click on “OK” to launch it on your Mac.

steam setup complete whisky mac

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  • Once the game is purchased, you simply go to your Steam Library at the top of Steam, select Lethal Company and click the big blue “Install” button. Assuming you have enough disk space, select a destination to install the game and enjoy playing Lethal Company on your Mac!

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  • If you have problems with the frame rate or stability while playing, we also recommend enabling both DXVK and Esync in the bottle settings to help Lethal Company run more smoothly in Whisky. whisky dxvk esync settings on mac

3. Parallels

Another way to play Lethal Company on a Mac is to install Windows using the virtual machine Parallels.

Although there are other virtual machines available, Parallels is the only one we’ve tried that works to play Lethal Company on a Mac.

Parallels installs Windows within a virtual environment on your Mac so that you can switch between macOS and Windows instantly at any moment without rebooting.

Parallels differs from Crossover and Whisky in that it installs a version of Windows on your Mac whereas the latter simply emulate Windows in the background to run Windows games and applications.

You can install Parallels for free but after 14 days you’ll need to subscribe for $99.99 per year but if you’re planning on using more Windows games and applications on your Mac, it’s well worth it.

If you want to know more, you can read out full Parallels review for more.

Here’s how to install Lethal Company using Parallels.

  • Download Parallels for Mac and run the installer. You can use the free trial to try it first.
  • Double click on the Parallels download and when prompted by macOS click “Open” and then click “Accept” on the End User License Agreement.
  • Parallels will now download the installer and then prompt you for your Mac admin username and password to continue the setup.
  • Parallels will ask permissions to access your Mac Desktop, Downloads and Documents folders. Click on “Finish”.

parallels desktop permissions

  • Parallels will then automatically download and Install Windows 11 when you click Install Windows. If you’re using an Apple Silicon Mac it will download and install Windows 11 ARM.install windows 11 m1 & m2 Mac
  • Parallels will then start to download Windows 11 from Microsoft.

parallels downloading windows 11 on m1 and m2 mac

  • Once is has validated the install, Parallels will then start the Windows 11 installer on your Mac just as if it were installing Windows on a PC.

parallels windows installer

  • When this is completed, you’ll get an “Installation Complete” message.

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  • To finalize the setup, Parallels will prompt you for your Parallels username or password. You can setup an account if you don’t already have one or sign in with your Apple, Google or Facebook account too.

sign into parallels account

  • After you’ve signed-in, Parallels will give you access to a 14 day free trial but if you’ve purchased a Parallels license already, you can enter the license key next.
  • Parallels will then display the Windows 11 End User License Agreement which you must click on “Accept” before continuing. You’ll then have full access to Windows 11 on your Intel Mac or Windows 11 ARM on an Apple Silicon M-chip Mac.

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  • Since you’re using a fresh install of Windows 11, the first thing you’ll need to do is install the latest updates for Windows 11 from Microsoft. To do this, go to the Windows Start Menu > Settings > System > Windows Update which is in the bottom left hand corner.
  • Windows 11 may prompt you to activate it at this point but you can simply click “Close”. Windows 11 is free to use and you only need to activate it with a key if you want advanced customization options such as changing the wallpaper or desktop theme.

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  • Click on “Check for updates” button in the top right corner of the Windows Update screen and then install the updates. This can take some time depending on the speed of your internet connection.

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  • When you have installed all the updates, Windows 11 will then restart to apply them.
  • You now simply go to the Steam store in the Microsoft Edge browser in Windows and download and install Steam. You’ll need to create a Steam account if you don’t already have one.
  • Finally, purchase Lethal Company in the Steam store on Windows
  • You can now play Lethal Company in Windows on your Mac using Parallels.

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Can You Play Lethal Company in Xbox Cloud?

Lethal Company is not available for Xbox so you can’t play it on a Mac using Xbox Cloud gaming.

Can You Install Lethal Company With Boot Camp?

You can install Lethal Company on a Mac by installing Windows with Boot Camp but this only works on Intel Macs. Boot Camp is not compatible with Apple Silicon Macs.

For more on this, check out our guide on how to install Windows on a Mac with Boot Camp.

Will Lethal Company Be Released For Mac?

At the moment, there’s no sign of Lethal Company being released for Mac. However, at the moment the game is only an Early Release version so it’s possible that a Mac version will be released with the final version (although highly unlikely).


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