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How to run apps that are not from the App Store in macOS Sierra

Roman Loyola | July 15, 2016
Apple made a major change to the Security & Privacy settings that affects new software you want to run.

The long way to open an unidentified, downloaded app in Sierra

  1. After you download the app and move it to your Applications folder, launch it. You will see a warning like this one: sierra handbrake stop launch
    Click OK. This does not open the app. It simply returns you to the Finder.

  2. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click on the Security & Privacy icon. sierra system pref security highlight
  3. Under the General tab, look in the setting for “Allow apps downloaded from” and you should see that the app you tried to open was noticed by the operating system. Click the Open Anyway button to open that new app. sierra security privacy open anyway
    Sierra will then note the developer and add it to its internal list of identified developers. If you download a different app from the same developer, Sierra will look for the developer on the list and if it sees the developer, the new app will open.


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