Ableton Live Insider Tips – Options.txt Part 2 (Video Tutorial) – Secret Features

Part 2 of my new series "Ableton Live Insider Tips" explains two more commands of the Options.txt file, EnableMapToSiblings and AutoAdjustMacroMappingRange. Both make mapping controls to macros in Racks faster and more efficient.

Download the Options.txt file with the commands from all the video tutorials (Right-click and choose Save Link as) Don't forget to only keep either -NoAutoArming or -EnableArmOnSelection as they conflict with each other.

Questions or suggestions? Just leave me a comment. :)

If you haven't checked out Options.txt Part 1, have a look. It explains all the basics. On to Ableton Live Insider Tips - Options.txt Part 3

By |2017-12-15T19:38:41+00:00February 11th, 2013|Ableton Live Tutorials|8 Comments

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Madeleine Bloom is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In the last few years she's worked as a technical support for Ableton and has helped countless people with her in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live, various other music apps as well as audio engineering.


  1. Ian February 13, 2013 at 04:10 - Reply

    Madeleine! These are absolutely brilliant!! Thank you so much for sharing :) Every once in a while I seem to come across a few cool Options.txt commands, and now I’m wondering if a comprehensive list of them exists anywhere (if brief explanations are included, so much the better). I’ve searched a bit without much success, as I think the most current list I found was from the days of Live 4. If you know of such a resource and would share it that would be amazing, but either way thanks a million!! All the best.


    • Madeleine February 13, 2013 at 10:20 - Reply

      The only list there is: The Options.txt exists for mostly developing purposes. I used to do tech support for Ableton so I know a few more. You could go into the binary code to find the complete list, but it’s tough to find out what’s what.

      • Ian February 15, 2013 at 02:56

        Gotcha, maybe I’ll take a poke around inside the binary then. Those 3 you shared are brilliant. Thanks :)

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  3. andre December 17, 2013 at 13:15 - Reply

    I always get this message

    The options file [Options.txt] contains an unknown option ‘-ShowDeviceSlots\’ which will be ignored.

    • Madeleine December 17, 2013 at 14:16 - Reply

      The \ doesn’t belong in there. It should work just fine once you get rid of it.

  4. steve knots April 9, 2016 at 17:42 - Reply

    hi Madeleine, this is an amazing secret! Can you help me with a mapping? I really want to assign a controller button to switch device/clip view. You can do this on the apc40 with a dedicated button but sometimes I use a smaller controller. Is there a way to create this mapping using one Options.txt command?

    thanks so much, I love your site

    • Madeleine Bloom April 10, 2016 at 15:42 - Reply

      This is something that is written into the Python script aka the Control Surface for the APC40. It’s possible to do for other controllers as well that don’t have a control surface, but you need to know how to programme with Python. I know of people working on easy solutions for mapping that don’t require programming skills, but they’re not released yet. The Options.txt won’t help you here.

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