You can find its icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to show the menu. You can also find its icon in the dock. Click it to record, and click it again to stop. Right-click(or command-click) the dock bar icon to show the menu.

What’s New

Version 1.7.1

Bug fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

flashcan ,

Great App! Simple to use, and can record from any defined input device on your mac

This app is great! Very simple to use and located in a great place - top right on the mac’s menu bar. Starting a recording is super fast - click icon, hit record. SImple Recorder allows you to capture audio from any input source, or device defined on your mac. Internal Microphone is the default, but the result can be low in volume depending on your input volume settings and distance to the sound source. No worries as Simple Recorder lets you select any input device defined on your mac (System Preferences->Sound->Input->Device) from its dropdown control box (shown when you hit the icon top right) as an input.

I use Simple Recorder to quickly record audio directly from other apps such as Ventrilo, Firefox, or pretty much anything I need. Note that each of these apps or combination of apps would need a sound device set up for them in your Mac’s (System Preferences->Sound->(Input or Output->Device) list so it is available in the Simple Recorder’s control dropdown.

Setting up audio devices on the mac is beyond the scope of this review, so I’ll not dive in here. For short, I use Loopback to create mac audio devices for the apps I want to record.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your recognition and love of our application.

Losing it in DC ,

Started out fine then bombed

My two partners and I each downloaded this initially-easy app in order to record interviews. It was easy to install, easy to run. And each of us had three different — ultimately negative— experiences with it. In one case, after a few uses of it (on an older mac), the resulting audio file corrupted other audio files (through itunes). Then another partner could not save the audio file. In my case, I had generally good success with it until going back to play a recording. The file was there, but when I double-clicked on it, it opened itunes and played a completely different file. i then tried uploading the audio file to dropbox to play it there, but dropbox didn’t recognize the file type and couldn’t play it. I basically lost a two-hour interview. Bad bad bad. Uninstalled and am now seeking something that works.

I hope the developers figure it out because one thing I was impressed by was the quality of the sound.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your use, tap the "unsaved records" to save the recordings you missed. simple recorder support m4a and mp3 format, you can save the recordings on your Mac and play them in iTunes or other players you like.

Keith Hupp ,

No auto save feature

This app creates a prompt when you shut it down from the bottom navigation.
I lost the first and most important recording using this product. I dont know what it is but why cant developers just make an autosave feature and trashcan?
Same on the apple voice recorder. I’m sure millions of people have not actually saved their file on accident its just bad UI. The user should never feel like an idiot when they user your product or they will associate your product with that feeling. For sake of argument if you showed me a tape being burned and dropped into a trashcan. I would have surly advoided clicking cancel which is really “delete your recording by fire and dump it into the deepest part of the ocean to never be found again” The interface doesnt even say the app name on the prompt. I thought it was some other program. Well I hope someone will make this improvment one day.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your use, tap the "unsaved records" in the simple recorder to get the records if you miss them for some reason.


Linfei Ltd.
5.7 MB

macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Simple Recorder PRO $4.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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