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Cast from Mac to Fire TV Stick

How to cast to Amazon Fire Stick from Mac? Most popular streaming apps are compatible with the DLNA protocol, which can be used to connect to a FireStick. The following 5 apps represent the best options available on macOS. Choose the best one for your situation.

Top choice
Elmedia Player Free
4.8 Rank based on 131+ users, Reviews(131)
Streaming App for Fire Stick

1. Elmedia Player PRO

Elmedia Player is useful both for playing and for streaming. Being able to open almost any format also means that these formats can be streamed to a big screen. In addition, you can add subtitles and audio tracks from an external file, allowing you to enjoy movies in different languages. And if you encounter network issues, video casting quality can be lowered in the Preferences.

In order to stream from Mac to smart TVs, Elmedia must be upgraded to the PRO version. $19.95 will net you the most accessible, feature-rich FireStick casting app. However, you can also try the feature for 5 minutes in a free Elmedia Player version.

Cast Mac to Fire TV

icon pros Pros

  • Useful video and audio options for streaming
  • Subtitle compatibility and search function
  • Compatible with DLNA, AirPlay 2, Chromecast

icon cons Cons

  • A paid upgrade is required to fully utilize it

How to Cast Mac to FireStick

This is the way you can use Elmedia to begin streaming to an Amazon FireStick.

1. Install and upgrade Elmedia Player to PRO. Or you can purchase it from the Mac App Store.

Get Elmedia to stream from Mac to Firestick

2. Check if both your mac and your FireStick are connected to the same network.

3. Open a video in Elmedia Player.

Open file to cast from Mac to Fire TV

4. Click the AirPlay icon in the bottom right. Use the list to select your FireStick.

Cast from Mac to Fire TV with Elmedia
This way, it should start streaming.

2. JustStream

When you don’t need a full-fledged player to do the job, JustStream is the perfect solution. Compatible with most formats, able to open external audio and subtitles, and having a built-in playlist and playback controls, this streaming widget still manages to fit on your Menu Bar. It can also mirror with cursor settings.

Even though you can have a free 20-minute test run, JustStream must be bought to truly enjoy it. An $12.95 subscription is available as an in-app purchase.

Cast from Mac to Firestick

icon pros Pros

  • Compact and simple interface
  • Doesn’t need to run a player in the background
  • Enough compatibility and functionality to play anything

icon cons Cons

  • Paid yearly subscription

How to cast to Amazon Fire Stick from Mac

  1. Download JustStream and activate it.
  2. Open JustStream and click its icon on the Menu Bar.
cast Macbook to Firestick with JustStream

3. Click the "+" to add media files to the playlist.

4. Select your FireStick from the device list and click "Play".

3. MirrorMeister

It doesn’t just mirror - MirrorMeister can be used together with a media player to cast Mac to FireStick. The app doesn’t offer much in regard to options, but any adjustments you make in the player will be copied - volume control, graphical effects, etc.

There is a cheap monthly subscription available - $4.99, and a slightly more expensive yearly package, but buying the app for life is quite expensive - $33.99.

App to cast Mac to Firestick

icon pros Pros

  • Allows you to turn any player into a streaming app
  • Very simple to use

icon cons Cons

  • Expensive in the long run
  • Almost no options to configure

How to Use MirrorMeister

  1. Get the app up and running on your PC.
  2. Use any other player to open a video.
  3. Back in MirrorMeister, click "Select Source" and choose the player window.
  4. Select your FireStick as the receiver and start mirroring.

4. AirBeamTV’s "Mirror for Amazon Fire TV"

This app by AirBeamTV allows you to switch between streaming and mirroring modes. It has the bare minimum of features - if you want to play multiple videos in a row, you’ll need to open them, one by one.

With the specialized receiving app, you can be confident that it works. But is the stripped-down functionality worth it? We recommend using "Mirror for Amazon Fire TV" for large movies, since you don’t need a playlist to view those.

how to cast Mac to Firestick with Airbeam TV App

icon pros Pros

  • Allows both mirroring and streaming
  • The full app only costs $9.99

icon cons Cons

  • No playlist support
  • Requires an additional app on your FireStick

How to Use AirBeamTV’s Streaming App

  1. Install the AirBeam TV Mirroring Receiver app on your FireStick.
  2. Install and open the Mirror for Amazon Fire TV on your Mac.
  3. Switch to the "Play Video File" mode.
  4. Browse for the video you want to stream.
  5. Select your FireStick as the Target Device and start playing.

5. 5KPlayer

5KPlayer is a multifunctional app that can stream through AirPlay and DLNA. With FireStick, it’s mainly useful as a DLNA server. There is a serious downside to 5KPlayer - it has ads, and not option to pay to remove them.

Other than that, it should allow you to stream to FireStick from Mac with the advanced functionality of a media player.

AirPlay from Mac to Fire TV

icon pros Pros

  • Free to use
  • Plays, downloads and streams files

icon cons Cons

  • Contains ads
  • Poor English localization

How to Stream in 5KPlayer

  1. Install 5KPlayer.
  2. Go to "Library - DLNA Server" to enter streaming mode.
  3. Select the device you want to stream to.
  4. Use the Library to select the files you want to play over WiFi.

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Features
VideoDuke
Elmedia
JustStream
Mirrormeister
AirBeam TV
5KPlayer
Type
Type
Media player  
Mirror App  
Mirror App  
Mirror App  
Media Player  
Streaming support
Streaming support
+  
+  
+  
+  
+  
Screen mirroring support
Screen mirroring support
-  
+  
+  
+  
-  
Streaming protocols
Streaming protocols
AirPlay, DLNA, Chromecast  
AirPlay, DLNA, Chromecast  
AirPlay, DLNA  
AirPlay, DLNA  
AirPlay, DLNA  
Support for subtitles
Support for subtitles
+  
+  
-  
-  
-  
Price
Free option
19,95$/lifetime
12.95$/year
13.49$/year
9,99$/lifetime
free

FAQ

Screen mirroring captures your whole screen, while casting (streaming) only sends a single video. Since it doesn’t get re-recorded, streamed video retains its original quality. Also, mirroring is more CPU-intensive.

Yes, but you will need a different set of apps, since the ones described above are mostly exclusive to macOS.

Older Fire TV devices may not have mirroring support. Also, Fire TV requires special software to receive streams from iOS and macOS.

You will need an AirPlay receiver app on the Fire TV. After you choose one, it’s only a matter of enabling AirPlay mirroring on your phone and selecting the TV from the receiver list.

Elmedia Player Free
Requirements: macOS 10.12+ , 103.67MB of free space
Version 8.1(2848) (28 Jul, 2021) Release notes
Category: MultimediaApplication