Emotiv Xavier Installation - OSX Operating System

This section guides you through the process of installing the Emotiv Software Development Kit on a Mac.

Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements

  • Mac OS X (10.5.x, 10.6.x, 10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x)
  • Intel-based Macintosh
  • 2GB RAM
  • Hard disk with 500 MB available
  • USB 2.0 ports (depending on the number of neuroheadsets you wish to use simultaneously)

Included Emotiv Xavier software

Emotiv Xavier developers will download the compressed file Emotiv Xavier SDK v3.0.0.13 Installer.exe or Emotiv Xavier SDK v3.0.0.13-PREMIUM Installer.exe, which contains both the Xavier SDK software and this User Manual. Log in to your account at and navigate to My Emotiv ~> Purchases. Your SDK Edition should be available for download. Please also note the installation key is available from the KEY icon next to the DOWNLOAD button.


USB Receiver Installation

Plug the provided Emotiv USB receiver(s) into an unused USB port on your computer.  Each receiver should be recognized and installed automatically by your computer as a USB Human Interface Device.  The receivers follow the USB Human Interface Device standard so no additional hardware drivers are required to be installed.  Please wait for a moment until your system indicates that the new hardware is ready to use.

Emotiv Xavier Installation

This section explains the steps involved in installing the Emotiv Xavier software.  If a previous version of Emotiv Xavier is already installed on your device, we recommend you uninstall it before proceeding.

Step 1 Using Spotlight (the Search Bar), access the EmotivXavierResearch-v3.0.0.x.pkg  or EmotivXavierResearch-v3.0.0.x-PREMIUM.pkg downloaded from

Step 2 Run the EmotivXavierResearch-v3.0.0.x.pkg or EmotivXavierResearch-v3.0.0.x-PREMIUM.pkg file.  An Install EmotivXavierResearch setup window will appear after a few seconds.

Step 3 Click Continue to start the installation process. You will be asked to select a destination disk, before pressing continue again.  Press the Install  button on the Installation Type screen. If your Mac is password protected, you will be prompted to enter your system password to start the installation.  Upon installation, a screen saying The installation was successful will appear. Press Close. 

Step 4 If you haven’t uninstalled and older version of the Emotiv Xavier, you may be asked if you wish to uninstall the older copy before proceeding.  Multiple copies of the Insight can coexist on the same machine but you must be careful not to “mix and match” components from multiple installations.

Step 5 After a few seconds, an Installation Complete dialog will appear.

Step 6 Click Finish to complete the installation.

Open after Installation 

Launch Emotiv Xavier SDK by selecting Applications -> EmotivXavierResearch -> EmotivXavier SDK

Emotiv delivers the Emotiv API in the form of a dynamically linked library named InsightEDK.dll.  Emotiv Xavier provides a GUI (graphical user interface)that interfaces with Emotiv EmoEngine through the Emotiv API.  The Xavier user interface showcases the EmoEngine’s capabilities to decipher brain signals and present them in useful forms using Emotiv’s detection suites.  



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    Alkimo Morgen

    I can't login in the website, how am I suppose to download it? Please help me.

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