I want to use a white plastic Apple remote with BetterTouchTool to control Safari, but while it works, the default button actions (e.g. skip, volume up) still happen. How can I prevent this?


Remote Buddy will allow you do to this (plus a whole lot more if you wish). You can customise a range of actions for each application and assign these to the Apple remote buttons (this includes both press and press-and-hold). You can also define your own custom actions if the built-in ones don't suit. Nothing came close for me in terms of flexibility and ease of use - I tried both Mira and Sofa Control before settling on RB.

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Personally, I use this to control my XBMC media centre with a range of custom button-presses and use the launch menu to start it up. It works with the white plastic remote too, I've just got the aluminium one thats shown in the screenshot.

  • To clarify: this overrides the button actions, rather than adding them? – Tuesday Mar 25 '12 at 1:00
  • @TimothyMueller-Harder Thats right, it replaces the default actions with the new ones you assign for the particular application. But don't just take my word for it, I would download the trial version from the website and see if it does what you need. – binarybob Mar 25 '12 at 7:57
  • There's also an "express" version on the MAS which is a bit cheaper, if you don't need remote support other than the Apple remote – binarybob Mar 25 '12 at 10:59
  • I can't wait to try this! Thanks! – hepcat72 Oct 14 '20 at 13:05
  • Hmm, $25 plus $15 for updates... per computer! I'd rather use Node Red and program my own solution. – hepcat72 Oct 14 '20 at 13:15

I've been looking for a solution to this for a long time everywhere. That is discussions.apple.com, various popular technology websites and mac forums. The only real solution that I've seen is a piece of software by Twisted Melon.

Mira: Remote Control any Mac

This applications rests in the system preferences and customizes the apple remote buttons on a per-app basis. You can download and try the software from their website.

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  • Any yes, it works in lion. – gentmatt Mar 22 '12 at 20:44
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    Isn't the software called Mira? I think its the hardware remote receiver thats the Manta bit. – binarybob Mar 24 '12 at 22:10
  • @binarybob Thanks. I guess his was Autocorrect? Really strange typo... :) – gentmatt Mar 24 '12 at 22:12
  • The Mira page is a bit confusing, though. Near the top it does actually say "Manta: Remote control any Mac" and follows that with the Mira screenshot :-/ – binarybob Mar 24 '12 at 22:22
  • @binarybob Yeah. Manta is just the USB receiver. – gentmatt Mar 24 '12 at 22:24

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