Silverback allows anyone to perform usability testing with little or no budget. The best part is that it comes ready-to-use right out of the box. There are no configuration files or settings — it just works.

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A Gorilla holding a clipboard.

Clearleft presents

Silverback 2.0

Guerrilla usability testing software for designers and developers

  • Capture screen activity
  • *Video the tester’s face
  • *Record the tester’s voice
  • Add chapter markers on-the-fly
  • Control recording with the remote
  • Export to Quicktime

SUPPORT UPDATE: Apple recently removed a core component that prevents Silverback from connecting to the new FaceTime Camera in the current Macbook range. This has forced us to rebuild Silverback from the ground up.

Silverback 3 will be launching in summer 2014 with a raft of new features. Until then, Macbooks can still use Silverback with external cameras. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.

New features

Features in 2.0 include

Watch sessions within Silverback
Tasks & Highlights
Set tasks and mark noteworthy moments within a session
Batch Export
Save selected sessions, tasks, highlights or projects in one go
Faster export, better usability
Download Silverback 2 (free for 15 days).

Mac Universal Silverback requires
Mac OS X (10.5-10.8*).
*Currently not compatible with
Mid-2013 Macbook Cameras.

What does Silverback do?

Screen capture + live audio & video — Silverback magic — Quicktime composite

Usability testing is last on everybody’s list of priorities. It’s time-consuming, can require specialist equipment, and is expensive to outsource. Not any more.

Silverback makes it easy, quick and cheap for everyone to perform guerrilla usability tests with no setup and no expense, using hardware already in your Mac.

Video demo


Silverback runs on Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks with a built-in iSight or some alternative. It does not run on 10.4 and lower.

The software is free for 15 days and only US $69.95 to register from then on.

Clearleft is donating 10% of all profits from Silverback to saving the gorillas.

Silverback support at Get Satisfaction