I would like to buy an external Blu-Ray drive. I have a specific model in mind (the LG CP40NG10), but I'm open to suggestions if anybody has a different one they recommend.

The documentation says that it has "Mac support: Yes (DVD)", but does this imply that it has Blu-Ray support on Macs? There is a new Mac Blu-Ray player software package and tips to read video Blu-Ray discs with MakeMKV + VLC.

Does anybody know if it's possible to read Blu-Ray discs under OS X with this LG drive or where I can find a list of hardware supporting these two software products?

I have a MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz on OS X 10.6.8.

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    it sounds like what you're trying to ask is, "Will the combination of <THIS DRIVE> and <THIS SOFTWARE> allow me to play blu-ray disks on my mac? If not, is there a combination that will?" It eliminates the sense of many questions, and the feel that it's looking for a list of shopping recs (which I know you're not). Try revising to get re-opened. – Jaydles Jun 27 '12 at 17:12
  • I found this : « Storeva Slim Burner » on french mac hardware store, but don't want this brand… – benoît Jun 27 '12 at 21:00

For this specific model according to "Allthingstech" (in a comment on web store):

Allthingstech from Corona, California on 06/19/2012 Purchased this for my new Macbook Pro with Retina Display. The MB can recognize the drive regardless what the Lg packaging says. Had to use third party software ( Mac Blu-Ray Player) for playback. (…) So far the drive has worked perfectly with stellar Bluray playback and absolutely no stuttering or lag.(…)


And OS X since Leopard can read Blu-Ray-Rom with any drive, the problem is to read protected video (all commercial Blu-Ray).

  • Can you post a link to the comment, or at least to the page where you found it? – CajunLuke Jun 30 '12 at 14:59
  • Thank you @CajunLuke, do you think "Allthingstech" could be a fake user (but why doing this)? – benoît Jul 1 '12 at 21:45
  • Probably not, it's just good practice to link to sources of material around here. – CajunLuke Jul 2 '12 at 0:58
  • I finally bought this combo model : Asus - SBC-06D2X-U and I can read Blu-Ray on my MacBook ! (This drive does NOT write blu ray discs) – benoît Oct 21 '12 at 17:23
  • I'm using LG BP40NS20 and it works fine with MakeMKV. – Max Ried Sep 14 '13 at 9:39

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