Can I play Blu-ray discs on a MacBook using an external drive?

Steve Critchley February 20, 2013
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Is is possible to use an external drive to play Blu-ray discs on a MacBook? It has a Core2Duo processor and 9400m graphics.

Is it physically possible and does it need any software, either paid or free?

  1. Monique G
    July 5, 2013 at 2:29 am

    you'd better use a bluray drive and it will play .

  2. Alexander Mackenzie
    April 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Yes! The resolution won't be as good though as with the Retina display

  3. Mitchell Bails
    March 8, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Yes you can, you use blueray player software. I would recommend using VLC

  4. ha14
    February 20, 2013 at 9:41 am
  5. Tanveer Ahmed
    February 20, 2013 at 9:17 am

    yes you can play bluray movies on mac if the mac recognizes the external drive
    you can use VLC player to play blu ray movies

  6. Imesh Chandrasiri
    February 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

    if the external drive supports Blue Ray discs you are good to go! :)

    • Steve Critchley
      February 20, 2013 at 9:06 am

      but the movie does not play, is there a player that supports bluray playback

    • Dimal Chandrasiri
      February 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      try Klite Codec Pack or powerDVD. KLite includes the media player classic which plays almost all the types of media! I'm using it since 2008 and never had any trouble with playing anything!

  7. Steve Critchley
    February 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Further research and trial.- the Macbook recognizes the drive and Bluray disc but does not support native playback.
    is the an update, software or patch available

  8. Junil Maharjan
    February 20, 2013 at 4:12 am

    if the drive you are using supports blu ray then you might be able to play blu ray

  9. garva sharma
    February 20, 2013 at 3:12 am

    99% sureyes
    you can play but first tell me you macbook version and please don't buy any first check supported os and then buy

  10. Jan Fritsch
    February 20, 2013 at 2:03 am

    The external drive should work out of the box (at least I haven't encountered one that hasn't so far). For playback you will need third party software as Apple doesn't support BD in any of their products.

    If you got the latest version of VLC on your Mac you are already set. For the sake of it you might want to download and add the following files to support encrypted discs.
    http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/

  11. Yudono R.A.
    February 20, 2013 at 1:18 am

    you could check at the link below.

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4054525?start=0&tstart=0

    apple product is not may forte, but hopefully it will help you a bit :D

    Good luck...

    source: apple support community

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