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iSight Disabler

Posted: March 29th, 2010 | 106 Comments »

Update March 20, 2014: iSight Disabler 5 released! Now supports Mavericks. See below for download.
Update July 24, 2011
: iSight Disabler 4 Released! Now supports Lion. See below for download.’s iSight Disabler is an AppleScript that automates the process of disabling and enabling the iSight driver(s) in OS X. The goal is to prevent applications from using the built-in USB iSight found in Macbooks, Macbook Pros and iMacs. I’ve seen various queries online about how to disable the iSight and while the answer was already hanging around, there wasn’t a simple way to disable and enable the iSight without going to the command line.

The gist of what I’m doing with the AppleScript is changing the permissions on various driver files that are used to provide applications with access to the iSight. The list of files that are “managed” by iSight Disabler has grown since it’s initial release for Tiger where disabling only a single driver was enough. With Leopard, subsequently with Snow Leopard and Lion, more driver files must be acted upon by iSight Disabler to ensure the iSight is fully “disabled”.

When you click “Disable iSight”, read access by all is removed from the driver files (chmod a-r). When you click “Enable iSight”, read access by all is granted to the driver files (chmod a+r).

To install the iSight Disabler AppleScript, place it in /Users/You/Library/Scripts/ and activate the script menu in your menu bar with the AppleScript Utility for easy access. To “see” your Library folder in Finder under Lion, you may need to run the following command from chflags nohidden ~/Library.


New screenshots for Lion!



iSight Disabler Version 5.0 – Support for Mavericks
iSight Disabler Version 4.0
 - Support for Lion
iSight Disabler Version 3.5 - Support for Snow Leopard

106 Comments on “iSight Disabler”

  1. avatar
    1 Disable Isight Camera said at 21:41 on April 29th, 2010:

    [...] linkazoid Think the script your looking for can be found here Just downloaded it and ran it on my MacBook Pro running 10.5.8 and it works fine. [...]

  2. avatar
    2 Craig said at 20:37 on May 4th, 2010:


    I’ve used iSight disabler in the past and it works great. At some point in the past I also managed to get the internal mic disabled. I assume I used the command line or maybe I destroyed the appropriate kext file but I can’t remember how I did it (and I haven’t found anything Googling yet either).

    Any chance you’ve got an “internalMIC Disabler” script that I can use to get the mic working again without reinstalling the OS?


  3. avatar
    3 rthomson said at 20:40 on May 4th, 2010:

    Someone asked me about this before… If I had it, I’d post it!

    I looked into it for a while and it seemed to me that the audio driver was responsible for both input and output so disabling it would not only disable the mic but also the audio output (speakers, line-out) so I’m actually quite interested in how you disabled just the mic, if you can remember!

  4. avatar
    4 Ian, Melb, Australia said at 21:56 on May 5th, 2010:

    Simple and effective.

    Thank you.

  5. avatar
    5 Harry said at 01:44 on May 18th, 2010:

    Hi,, I also want to disable the iSight and use an external webcam. I’ve been racking my brains for months trying to figure out how. I’ve finally found a web cam that works on macbooks, its Dynex brand. But after pluging it in,, it only works on iChat where you can switch from iSight to the Dynex back and forth, which is not what I needed it for. I want to be able to use the Dynex web cam in random chatrooms and it won’t do that. I tried to install this iSight disabler and followed the steps to click on disable iSight when the popup came on but the Dynex cam still doesn’t work.. Any helpful would be appreciated. thanks.

  6. avatar
    6 rthomson said at 02:58 on May 18th, 2010:


    Unfortunately I don’t know anything about your Dynex webcam. Chances are it uses the same generic USB video driver as the internal iSight so when you disable the iSight, you’re disabling the Dynex as well.

  7. avatar
    7 Harry said at 04:12 on May 18th, 2010:

    Yeah your absolutely right , when click on I disable they both don’t work. The Dynex cam was refered by someone in the apple forums. They said that was one of the very few external cams that work on macs. So I went out and bought one. There has to be a way to disable only the iSight. I mean on p.c.’s that have built in webcams you can disable and use external ones, why not with a mac. Like I said I been racking my brains for a long time now trying to figure it out. It’s very frustrating.

  8. avatar
    8 Doug McNeill said at 19:38 on May 19th, 2010:

    I am trying to use this software in conjunction with a Proscope HR microscope that is usb based and I noticed that the Proscope software will still not see my microscope even though the I-Sight camera has been turned off. Any thoughts on being able to toggle through the USB ports to allow a plugged in device to be used.


  9. avatar
    9 Tracy said at 19:40 on June 9th, 2010:

    Does the new version 3.5 account for the changes with the update to Quicktime? Apparently the Quicktime update disables the disabler.

  10. avatar
    10 rthomson said at 00:50 on June 10th, 2010:

    I’m running 10.6.3 with all the latest updates and QuickTime Version 10.0 (113). Version 3.5 successfully prevents Photo Booth from accessing the iSight, so yeah, 3.5 should work.

  11. avatar
    11 Ali Servet Donmez said at 10:52 on June 14th, 2010:

    Is there any chance that you can disable, say, only display/external iSight, but leave enabled bult-in one or viceversa? Thanks.

  12. avatar
    12 rthomson said at 03:01 on June 15th, 2010:

    By external iSight do you mean the Firewire iSight that Apple used to make? If so, that can be disabled separately from the built-in USB iSight but the iSight Disabler script doesn’t currently support doing so.

  13. avatar
    13 Ali Servet Donmez said at 13:29 on June 16th, 2010:

    What I actually mean is to disable either one of two available iSights when a Macbook is attacted to an external display (which has an iSight also)

  14. avatar
    14 sammy said at 15:39 on June 22nd, 2010:

    @craig @rthomson
    I have also disabled only my mic, in the sound settings, the ‘internal microphone’ doesnt take any input. Regardless of iSight being enabled or disabled, the mic status is the same.

    I also can’t remember how I did it, script, or file rename/delete or some setting change. I checked the Terminal commands by using the up arrow key but couldn’t find anything that indicates audio input settings.

    Please help!

  15. avatar
    15 Nusret said at 18:08 on June 24th, 2010:

    Hello. I am grateful for this script created but I have encountered a problem. Everything ran great until one day my camera didn’t work on Msn/Yahoo…. Skype, etc.

    I opened Photobooth to make sure the camera wasn’t … broken? Well, it worked in photobooth, so this isn’t worrying me too much… i would just like my camera back!

    Can anyone help? I have tried downloaing a new Script and running it… pressing enable… and still doesn’t work

    Thanks in advance, Nusret.

  16. avatar
    16 Nusret said at 21:58 on July 11th, 2010:

    Anyone here? I really need help.

  17. avatar
    17 rthomson said at 20:32 on July 16th, 2010:

    Have you tried checking the skype forums? Sorry, I don’t have any particular knowledge that can help you with this but if you ask on the skype forums, maybe someone there can help you.

  18. avatar
    18 Erons said at 10:56 on August 11th, 2010:

    please, i actually need somewhat the opposite, my isight stopped working all of a sudden, some days back, after i noticed a sudden report, when i tried connecting my iPhone to the USB, saying the device was drawing too much power from my notebook, thus some or more USB ports have been shut down/disabled. only to discover my iSight was the main victim of this.. Please how can i get it back. will be really nice if someone could be of help, i jst got the air 3 days ago, and now this. :(

  19. avatar
    19 doz said at 02:59 on August 21st, 2010:

    I wish i understood this stuff better, but since i don’t, i’m grateful you were willing to come up with an on/off switch. Works like a charm! Thanks!

  20. avatar
    20 Michael Haeusler said at 13:31 on August 21st, 2010:

    For those looking for a way to also switch off audio input, don’t bother with the Sound PrefPane, but go directly to Audio-MIDI-Setup and check all the mute buttons for the integrated microphone input.

  21. avatar
    21 jcollier said at 09:08 on August 31st, 2010:

    working at a school – several laptops – on snow leopard and tiger – no problem..


    leopard – the script runs, but camera is still on..cannot understand why?

  22. avatar
    22 joemezz said at 08:40 on September 16th, 2010:

    Works great!

  23. avatar
    23 Mr K said at 16:12 on September 21st, 2010:

    Changing permissions on the drivers doesn’t seem to work anymore. We had to delete them to disable the cameras.

  24. avatar
    24 rthomson said at 16:50 on September 21st, 2010:

    By “anymore” do you mean after a specific update? I just tested version 3.5 vs. against a fully patched 10.6.4 system and the camera is properly disabled.

  25. avatar
    25 techgoose said at 17:14 on September 23rd, 2010:

    MacBook running 10.5.8 — I run the script — I tried versions 3.5 and 3.0 — and it claims success, but the camera still works.

    Apple musta changed sumepin’

  26. avatar
    26 rthomson said at 17:19 on September 23rd, 2010:

    Quick question: When you use the script to disable the iSight, do you quit the apps using the iSight? If you open, say, Photo Booth then run the script while Photo Booth is running, Photo Booth won’t immediately cease access to the iSight. You have to quit Photo Booth and other applications using the iSight. Only then on the next launch of the applications will they fail to open the driver(s) due to permissions change on the driver file(s).

    I no longer have a 10.5.x system to test with but I can confirm 3.5 works on a 10.6.x system with all the latest patches.

  27. avatar
    27 mactry said at 02:32 on November 16th, 2010:

    The meeting tools that I use regularly always activate the iSight and it was off after using the script. However, I noticed that the iSight became active again but I did not enable the iSight.

    Is there any condition that the script is being undone and the iSight was enabled?

  28. avatar
    28 rthomson said at 00:17 on November 17th, 2010:

    I’m not aware of any condition in which external software might “re-enable” the iSight drivers.

    What version of OS X and the iSight Disabler script are you using?

  29. avatar
    29 thomas said at 20:20 on November 18th, 2010:

    does anybody have a copy of the quicktimevusbdcdigitizer.component file that comes with the tiger install cd? or even the .pkg file that contains it? I do not have my install disc with me but urgently need the file, as I deleted it before to disable isight. Thanks for any help in advance..

  30. avatar
    30 NickTech said at 16:36 on November 22nd, 2010:

    To disable the iSight in later versions of Leopard you also need to chmod on
    Just as the script does for Snow Leopard. So basically if you eliminate the differences in the script between 10.5 and 10.6 it will work with both.

  31. avatar
    31 Anthony D said at 13:33 on December 20th, 2010:

    I am new to scripts and really like this one. I use it in my computer lab via Apple Remote Desktop to enable or disable isight as needed and it works great. Is there a way I can send remotely via ARD passing the admin username and password so I am not prompted for it on all 26 computers in my lab?? I would like to do this as silently as possible


  32. avatar
    32 WamTech said at 19:13 on January 6th, 2011:

    This worked like a charm. Now the students can get back to work!!!!!


  33. avatar
    33 Mike B. H. said at 04:47 on January 14th, 2011:

    I’m using the SnowLeopard-compatible version, but it only works with PhotoBooth. When I launch Apple’s FaceTime the iSight camera works fine, although the driver is unloaded. To me this means that FaceTime (a) is either using its own driver for the camera or (b) is enabling an unloaded driver at launch and disabling it again upon quit. Is there a chance to update the iSight Disabler to address this issue?

  34. avatar
    34 rthomson said at 05:01 on January 14th, 2011:

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for reporting! Indeed you’re correct, FaceTime still works after running iSight Disabler. I just investigated and it appears that bundles it’s own VDC driver!


    I could certainly add that to the list of drivers to disable… and ignore it if isn’t installed. You may just have motivated me to clean up the AppleScript and release a new version.

  35. avatar
    35 frank said at 14:56 on January 18th, 2011:

    There’s also a command line version of iSight Disabler!

  36. avatar
    36 rthomson said at 16:38 on January 18th, 2011:

    Yep, but it’s not mine. Someone wrapped up the functionality in bash.

  37. avatar
    37 Mary said at 02:33 on March 3rd, 2011:

    I ran the disabler for Snow Leopard and now my webcam on my webcam site doesn’t work at all. But my internal camera still works on Skype. Any idea how I can undo the disabler??

  38. avatar
    38 RON said at 19:54 on March 5th, 2011:

    I use the new logitech HD and it work fine n my Snow 10.6.6 no problem so far. I also use Logitech 9000 no problem. i use a dock . when i have my macbook pro out and open the app it connect to isight and when i dock it it and reopen the app it automatically finds my logitech. may be this help you guys..

    what i need to know is when i am running an application using using isight or the logitech it fine but when i go to log in windows it shuts of the isight and gives me error msg. in windows you can use the camera while the other user log in to their account.. is there is any way i could make it not do it

  39. avatar
    39 Will said at 14:58 on March 29th, 2011:

    What is the best way to kill the Photo Booth application by using ARD? Or is that even possible? Would like to limit access to it without completely disabling the application. Tech coach in a school system.

  40. avatar
    40 Ward said at 19:59 on May 22nd, 2011:

    Thanks NickTech (reply #30) for describing the fix to 3.5 for 10.5.8.

    I modified the “os_version” check to include both 10.5.8 and 10.6+ and then created an AppleScript app to install on the iMacs at my local public library. PhotoBooth was encouraging un-library-like behavior by groups of younger patrons. The librarians can now turn the iSights on or off.

    Here’s an updated AppleScript file & app:

  41. avatar
    41 MT said at 10:05 on June 4th, 2011:

    thanks tons! apple should be including this in their os, along with an option so that the computer doesn’t shut down when you close the lid of a macbook! great os otherwise.

  42. avatar
    42 PL said at 09:37 on June 10th, 2011:

    Excellent bit of info. Searched hi and lo before coming across this. Many thanks!

  43. avatar
    43 Nuno said at 14:45 on June 13th, 2011:

    It doesn’t work in Lion………..

  44. avatar
    44 rthomson said at 02:38 on June 15th, 2011:

    As I don’t have a copy of Lion because it’s not released yet and I don’t have the developer builds, I’m not in a position to update the script for Lion at this time.

  45. avatar
    45 Nuno said at 09:48 on July 23rd, 2011:

    It’s out now… :)

  46. avatar
    46 John said at 16:15 on July 23rd, 2011:

    Please update this for lion.

  47. avatar
    47 Leaj said at 21:16 on July 23rd, 2011:

    I for the life of me can not get this to work. Any help would be great! I have downloaded the program and tried dropping it in the script files and tried to enable the camera and still nothing works. please help!

  48. avatar
    48 rthomson said at 23:36 on July 24th, 2011:

    Version 4 has been released. Works on Lion. Haven’t tested with earlier versions of OS X but it should continue to work for all of them. Please report any problems/issues. I’ve only done limited testing.

  49. avatar
    49 Nuno said at 02:00 on July 25th, 2011:

    It works! Thank you for supporting Lion :))

  50. avatar
    50 Pedro said at 10:09 on July 26th, 2011:

    Where can I get that wallpaper? :D

  51. avatar
    51 rthomson said at 10:22 on July 26th, 2011:

    You can get that wallpaper… in the 1960s, of course!

    Search for “IBM System 360″ on google images, you’ll find something suitable.

  52. avatar
    52 Artful Dodger said at 07:38 on July 27th, 2011:

    Hey! Thanks for the script man! I was using it for a while on Snow Leopard and now I upgraded to Lion and it didn’t work, come back here and you’ve made a new version for it. <3.

  53. avatar
    53 Artful Dodger said at 07:48 on July 27th, 2011:

    Hey, I’ve managed to get the script into the scripts menu bar but when I click it nothing happens.

  54. avatar
    54 Artful Dodger said at 08:01 on July 27th, 2011:

    When I try to double click and open it I get the error:

    The document “isightdisabler4.scpt” could not be opened.

  55. avatar
    55 rthomson said at 08:44 on July 27th, 2011:

    Try downloading it again. Perhaps it got corrupted in transit.

  56. avatar
    56 Artful Dodger said at 08:47 on July 27th, 2011:

    Didn’t work, I’ve tried downloading it about 2-3 times now. I’ve repaired my disk permissions – that didn’t seem to fix it.

    Now I’m starting to wonder if there’s something wrong with my Apple Script Editor.

  57. avatar
    57 rthomson said at 08:48 on July 27th, 2011:

    Can you open the file in TextEdit?

  58. avatar
    58 sturner said at 13:52 on July 27th, 2011:

    I need to use my external usb webcam with uStream. Hoped this script would turn off the inbuilt iSight and allow me to use the external aGent V5 cam with its wide angle lens and low light facilities. However it actually turns off both. Any ideas?

  59. avatar
    59 rthomson said at 14:04 on July 27th, 2011:

    @sturner: Your external USB webcam appears to use the same driver(s) as the internal USB iSight does (probably the OS X VDC driver). If that’s the case, the ability to disable one and not the other using this method is dubious at best. That said, believe I’ve been able to use an external USB webcam with upstream before on my previous first generation MacBook, I believe it was an option in the Adobe Flash Plugin? If you right click on the upstream Flash object and go to “Settings” there will be a tab for which webcam to use. However, there is a known problem with using this dialog box under Lion. Your ability to select your webcam might depend on that bug getting fixed or an alternative way of selecting which webcam for Flash to use.

  60. avatar
    60 sturner said at 14:37 on July 27th, 2011:

    the settings window does indeed list both cameras and does allows me to select which one i want to use – however which ever i select it will always use the isight no matter what. Denied!! using 10.6.8. so it may be a flash issue then… not a lot i can do about that i guess.

  61. avatar
    61 Petros said at 02:04 on August 1st, 2011:

    i installed and i cant disable it… please help

  62. avatar
    62 rthomson said at 11:46 on August 1st, 2011:

    Details please, Petros.

    Version of OS X?
    Version of iSight Disabler?
    How are you running the script?
    Did you quit/restart the applications using the iSight after running the script?
    What application can still use the iSight after running the script?

  63. avatar
    63 bedwards said at 13:57 on August 2nd, 2011:

    Successfully tested both versions 3.5 and 4 on 13″ MB Pro OS X 10.6.8 built August 2010 (MacBookPro7,1).

  64. avatar
    64 rthomson said at 15:13 on August 2nd, 2011:

    @bedwards Thanks for testing and reporting your findings. It is much appreciated.

  65. avatar
    65 Front said at 04:04 on August 9th, 2011:

    Before I run this script, and great script thank you!, is there a way to reverse it should I then want to enable the iSight cam again?


  66. avatar
    66 rthomson said at 07:36 on August 9th, 2011:

    @Front, yes there is a button to “Enable” the iSight included in the script. The “Enable” button simply reapplies the read permissions that are removed by the “Disable” button.

  67. avatar
    67 Front said at 18:24 on August 13th, 2011:

    Great. Thanks very much!

  68. avatar
    68 Eric Weir said at 07:14 on August 15th, 2011:

    I’ve installed version four. As near as I can tell, the iSight camera continues to run after running the script. At least the little green light at the top of the screen stays on.

    Version of OS X: 10.6.8

    Version of iSight Disabler: 4

    How are you running the script: I placed it in ~/library/scripts/iSight and then run it from the scripts menu in the menu bar.

    Did you quit/restart the applications using the iSight after running the script? I don’t know what application is using it. I suspected Skype, but starting it, quitting, and restarting has no effect. The little green light remains on.

    What application can still use the iSight after running the script? Hmm. Just tried PhotoBooth. It reports no connected camera. When then does the green light remain on, and what does it mean?


    Eric Weir

  69. avatar
    69 Eric Weir said at 07:17 on August 15th, 2011:

    Followup: Just restarted Photo Both after using the script to *enable* the camera. Photo Booth still reports no camera connected.

    Thanks again,

    Eric Weir

  70. avatar
    70 rthomson said at 19:29 on August 16th, 2011:

    @Eric Weir, the green light means the iSight is “in use”. Some application is using the green light.

    iSight Disabler cannot disable the iSight for applications currently using the iSight, only applications started after iSight Disabler has been run.

    Did you ever use a previous version of iSight Disabler on this computer? Have you tried rebooting your mac? If so, does the green light remain on perpetually?

  71. avatar
    71 Ryan said at 16:52 on September 12th, 2011:

    Works great on new MacBook Pro 15″ (MacBookPro8,2) running 10.7.1

    Great script to prevent my kid from running video with unknown people on the internet.



  72. avatar
    72 Tom said at 03:18 on October 2nd, 2011:

    Thank you!

    This is excellent. Use Skype a lot and don’t want to be caught out when stuffing my face with food or something else. ;p

  73. avatar
    73 Alan said at 03:07 on January 3rd, 2012:

    I want to disable my isight but have no idea how to run an applescript..

    do you have step by step instructions for someone who is a novice at terminal and applescript?

    many thanks,


  74. avatar
    74 rthomson said at 00:27 on January 5th, 2012:


  75. avatar
    75 Birck Cox said at 08:33 on June 12th, 2012:

    Re: iSight Disabler

    Got anything a bit simpler? As you predicted, “scripts” is not in my iMac’s user library, and the Terminal approach-which I don’t like messing with-didn’t do anything.. So far no sign of a “scripts” folder. If you’ll make it an app or utility I’m willing to pay for it.

  76. avatar
    76 rthomson said at 12:17 on June 15th, 2012:

    Hi Birck,

    I was aware of another project called “EyePatch” that effectively did the same thing as my iSight Disabler script… but the author’s website is no longer online and the github project page for the software is also off the map. Not sure what happened.

    Here is a link to where the author of EyePatch made the announcement:

    But again, all those links are dead so I don’t know where you can find a copy of EyePatch these days.

    Alternatively you don’t need to put the iSight Disabler script into any special folder. You can just double click it, it will open the Script Editor and at the top there is a giant button that says “Run” which you can click and it will run the script. Should be simple enough.

  77. avatar
    77 JBL’s Recently Saved Bookmarks | J. Bobby Lopez said at 21:24 on June 17th, 2012:

    [...] iSight Disabler Want to disable the built-in camera on your Macbook Pro? This article provides details and a supplemental AppleScript that provides both disable and enable options. [...]

  78. avatar
    78 jziegler said at 07:28 on July 3rd, 2012:

    How to get iSight disabler 3.0? I’ve only Tiger.

  79. avatar
    79 rthomson said at 14:14 on July 3rd, 2012:

    Does 4.0 not work for you on Tiger (10.4.x), jzielger?

  80. avatar
    80 jziegler said at 23:38 on July 3rd, 2012:

    Sorry, I haven’t tried it. It works! Thx!

  81. avatar
    81 barryegan said at 18:17 on July 25th, 2012:

    Does iSight Disabler 4.0 work with OS X Mountain Lion?

  82. avatar
    82 Vishy Iyer said at 20:47 on August 4th, 2012:

    This will definitely be required for OS X Mountain Lion guys…thanks to Apple’s screwing up of iSight post an upgrade from Lion to Mountain Lion…An upgrade to your script to support Mountain Lion is much needed now…Thanks Vishy

  83. avatar
    83 Carl-Erik said at 05:03 on August 21st, 2012:

    Too bad it disables every camera, not just the iSight. Thought I finally might get to scratch the itch it is too constantly switch cameras in skype every time I reconnect my external camera. Too bad …

  84. avatar
    84 Songthe said at 03:29 on November 27th, 2012:

    I ran it, it worked, then I tried to re-enable the camera and it did not work. Now camera is not recognized in every application I have tried. Using MBP with 10.6.8.

  85. avatar
    85 Jens said at 07:19 on June 15th, 2013:

    This disables the cam for only a few applications. This webcam hack is still working when disabled:

  86. avatar
    86 Carlos Kulps said at 10:39 on July 17th, 2013:

    I ran it, it worked, then I tried to re-enable the camera and it did not work. Now camera is not recognized in any application I have tried. Using MacBook PRO with 10.6.8.

  87. avatar
    87 Matt said at 03:47 on October 16th, 2013:

    Used to work fine on my 2009 Macbook Pro running 10.8.5, it runs but doesn’t effect the camera on a new macbook air running the same os

  88. avatar
    88 Jim Marshall said at 13:33 on October 29th, 2013:

    On a MacBook running Mountain Lion, the green iSight light is stuck on. I tried running this script, but it did not turn the light off.

  89. avatar
    89 Jim Marshall said at 13:35 on October 29th, 2013:

    P.S. When I powered off and on, the green light did not turn on. I’m happy with this result. Thank you.

  90. avatar
    90 Mike Mc said at 07:01 on November 6th, 2013:

    For my MBP (Oct 2013 model) running Mavericks, the QuickTime components are not used. I was able to disable the camera by applying the same chmod to:


    This is apparently the new API used in Mavericks.

  91. avatar
    91 jaybee said at 21:33 on November 19th, 2013:

    I just utilized Mike Mc’s method by adding it to the existing script and it worked like a charm. Thanks!

  92. avatar
    92 Fila said at 15:50 on November 21st, 2013:

    I’m using an iMac 2011 with Mavericks and I want to disable the iSight Camera. Is someone can help me? I need very clear explainations because I don’t really know how all that does work. Thank you very much!

  93. avatar
    93 Alan Potkin said at 16:02 on February 11th, 2014:

    I’ve recently been using an MBP i7 17″ as the CPU for my main desktop workstation, and it was driving nuts that it would not recognize the very nice HD Sony webcam that I had used with earlier workstations. Although quite an old Mac hand (since 1987) I had never before run Scripts but in short order I figured everything out and yeah, isightdisabler is a pretty handy little utility. Thanks. I needed that!

  94. avatar
    94 Stepan said at 14:30 on February 23rd, 2014:

    Could you give a hint as to how your script works? Does it move the “QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component” file? Or what does it do?

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    95 rthomson said at 12:37 on February 24th, 2014:

    Stepan: The script modifies the filesystem permissions for the various driver files. To “disable” the iSight, read permissions are removed. To “enable” the iSight, original permissions are restored.

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    96 Rick said at 11:07 on February 27th, 2014:

    Hey, will you be releasing a script version end for Mavericks? Would be great if you could any time soon. (”,)

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    97 rthomson said at 12:18 on February 27th, 2014:

    Rick – It’s in the works. Version 5 supporting 10.9.x (Mavericks) has already been created and lightly tested but I’d like to run it through the paces a couple more time before releasing it to the wild. Stay tuned.

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    98 Rick said at 12:32 on February 27th, 2014:

    Hey thanks for your speedy response. Great news. Look forward to the release.

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    99 Ryan C said at 01:40 on February 28th, 2014:

    To Disable in Mavericks (10.9.x) do this at terminal:

    sudo chmod 000 /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera

    sudo chmod 000 /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/FCP-DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera

    To re-enable camera, you would need to change permissions from 000 back to 755 (replace the 000 with 755).

    If the script could detect which version of OS X the user was running and then apply the correct strings, that would be great. I am not a scriptor, nor do I have any desire to be. I have used the iSight Disabler script for security purposes on tons of different computers and loved the ease of use.

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    100 allan said at 20:51 on March 18th, 2014:

    rthomson: any news on the mavericks isight disabler?

  101. avatar
    101 rthomson said at 18:05 on March 20th, 2014:

    iSight Disabler 5 is now available for download.

  102. avatar
    102 rthomson said at 18:05 on March 20th, 2014:

    iSight Disabler 5 is now available for download.

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    103 Jim Marshall said at 18:27 on March 20th, 2014:


  104. avatar
    104 allan said at 18:28 on March 20th, 2014:

    Thank you so much!!!!

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    105 Fila said at 03:55 on March 21st, 2014:

    I’m not on Mavericks yet but could you tell me if the version 5.0 works very well on Mavericks?
    Thanks a lot.

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    106 rthomson said at 08:38 on March 21st, 2014:

    Fila – It works as expected during testing on my 2011 MBP running Mavericks. I haven’t received any third party feedback since posting 5.0 yesterday.

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