Audio Hijack

July 30, 2020 | Hugues 

Audio Hijack is an audio recorder and streamer for MacOS. Learn how to use Audio Hijack to broadcast live radio for SHOUTcast and Icecast servers.
Software information

Platform: macOS 
License: Commercial ($59)
Server type: SHOUTcast and Icecast
Download Page:

About Audio Hijack

Audio Hijack is an audio recording program. It can capture any sound on your Mac computer. You can record your Skype or FaceTime conversations, sound from the internal microphone, and audio from all programs (iTunes, Chrome, and any DJ software).

What's more, Audio Hijack can convert audio into data packages for streaming to your Shoutcast, Icecast, or Steamcast server.   

What We Love

Well, everything about it! It's very intuitive and surprisingly easy to use. 

Do you want to broadcast to multiple servers in different bitrates? Just drag to add more encoders.

Want to add EQ, effects, switch, volume control, etc? There is no problem. You can add and link them together. The possibilities with Audio Hijack are endless.

It's probably one of the best applications on macOS at the moment. Let's get started:

Is there Audio Hijack for Windows?

Audio Hijack has become very popular with internet radio broadcasters and podcasters. Now, Rogue Amoeba has not made any strides producing a Windows version of their popular software. 

Are they any good Audio Hijack Alternatives? 

You can consider using: 

How to Broadcast Live Radio

1. How to install Audio Hijack

  • Download and extract the file.
  • Run the .dmg file.
  • Drag the .app file to your applications folder.

2. Getting started

Audio hijack first look
  • Click New Session and select Internet Radio
Audio hijack selecting internet radio
  • You can rename your sessions with your radio name
  • Then open it
Audio Hijack Renamed session
  • You will see the two inputs (Application and Input Device)
  • For Application, select your radio automation software or DJ program like Serato
  • Set your microphone as your Input Device
  • You can drag in more inputs as needed and remove them
Audio Hijack Dragging more inputs
  • Select Output Device to set your playback device

3. Encoder setup

  • Setup the encoder by clicking on Broadcast
Broadcast option
  • You should see the broadcast window
  • Select Setup, as shown below:
Broadcast setup

For radios hosted on Cloudradio, you'll find your server or connection details on the radio dashboard.

If you don't have a radio hosting service, you can easily create Shoutcast or Icecast servers on our radio console.

Entering your server details

The software allows you to stream to an Icecast, Shoutcast 2, or Shoutcast 1 broadcasting server. 

Icecast - Example

Server Type: Icecast 2
Server Address: e.g.
Port: e.g. 8000
User: e.g. dj_user
Password: e.g. n3t8zdwo0ka
Mountpoint: /live

Audio Hijack icecast

Here are the setup instructions using Shoutcast.

Audio Hijack shoutcast

Shoutcast 2

Server Type: SHOUTcast v2
Server Address: e.g.
Server Port: e.g. 8000
Username: (blank)
Password: e.g. n3t8zdw0oka
SID: e.g. 1

Press the round button at the bottom toolbar to connect your stream.

Audio Hijack connect your stream

Depending on your input settings, you may be required to install an extra plugin. In such a case, you will be notified. You can proceed by clicking on install.

install an extra plugin

You should now be On Air, as shown on Audio Hijack. Check your broadcasting dashboard to see if you're connected.

Audio Hijack On Air

 You can learn more here

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