Quickly Approve Apps For Your Mac’s Gatekeeper From The Command Line

Quickly Approve Apps For Your Mac’s Gatekeeper From The Command Line

Newer versions of OS X have a Gatekeeper feature that prevents apps from unidentified developers from installing without your OK. Typically, to approve apps you want to install, you have to go into System Preferences, but OS X Daily shows off a slightly quicker route through the Command Line.

To approve an app for Gatekeeper, you just need to open up Terminal (Applications > Terminal) and type in this command, substituting in the path and application name for your info:

spctl --add /Path/To/Application.app

To reverse that, just swap out --add and put in --remove. The process is a bit quicker than hopping into System Preferences once you get used to it.

How to Add Gatekeeper Exceptions from Command Line in Mac OS X [OS X Daily]

Comments

  • There’s an even easier method. After dismissing the error telling you the app is not from a verified developer, right-click on the app and choose open. You’ll get the same error, but this time it’ll have an option to proceed anyway.

Show more comments

Comments are closed.

Log in to comment on this story!