Launching apps that aren't registered with Apple

Years ago as I got my first MacBook I encountered a problem of launching programs from unidentified developers on a Mac. Opening trustworthy and familiar programs from the internet was not a problem, but as soon as I wanted to try something less known or from a less known source, I got the error window saying that it is not possible to open a program from unidentified developer. Back then it wasn't so self explanatory to me how to handle this issue, nor it still is to many of my friends.


I like that you presented two solutions to the problem. I actually prefer the less tech-savy way. It requires you to know what you are doing though, else you might just click install anyways, and then you might in some cases encounter problems :)
Klaus Nigsch - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 13:29 :::
I can understand it also happened to me.
Carole Sebah - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 14:13 :::
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There are actually two ways of handling this issue. The first one is for less tech savvy users, and it goes through opening the System Preferences/ Security and finding there a button saying: Open this app anyway. Afterwards you are prompted to enter your administrator password and that is it.
The second way is over Terminal, by typing in the following command: sudo spctl --master-disable and subsequently entering your administrator password again.


Nice Solution

Gregor Liebenberger - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 11:01 :::

I think there is a difference between the two solutions you provided. The first one will only allow this exact app to launch and the second one will allow all apps from unidentified developers to launch. Am I right?

Sara Curic - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:19 :::

This is a problem I guess every MacBook user has faced at the very firsts. I have been using the less tech savvy users solution as well. Thank you for sharing both solutions.

Malbora Sinaj - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 15:15 :::