How to install third-party apps on macOS Mojave

After almost three months of testing by the developers and users of the public beta program, the guys from Cupertino have released the final version of macOS Mojave, an operating system that is not compatible with the same computers as the previous version, since which is only compatible with equipment manufactured from 2012.

For three years, Apple in its effort to improve the security of its desktop operating system, and thus force users to make use of the Mac App Store, does not natively allow the installation of third-party applications, by eliminating that option of the Security and Privacy options. Fortunately, via a simple Terminal command, we can show that option again.

With the release of macOS Sierra, Apple It only allowed us to install applications available in the Mac App Store or from authorized developers. The Anywhere option was gone. If you want to be able to install any application from outside the Mac App Store and that has not been created by authorized developers, we must proceed as follows.

  • First we must access Terminal, through the Launcher or by pressing the Command + Space key and typing in the search box Terminal.
  • Next, we must enter the following code: sudo spctl –master-disable
  • Please note: Before master, there are two hyphens (-), no one. Next, we write the password of our team.
  • Next, we must restart the Finder for the changes to take effect, through the command Killall Finder
  • Then we head up System preferences.
  • Click on Security and Privacy.
  • Finally inside the option Allow apps downloaded from, a new option should appear Anywhere, option that we must select to install third-party applications downloaded from the Internet, even if the developer is not authorized by Apple as trustworthy.
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If the Anywhere option does not appearYou just have to do a test by installing an application that you could not previously. At that moment, macOS will ask us if we want to install it, giving us the option to do so (an option that did not appear before) or, on the contrary, cancel the installation.


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  1.   Vicente Mañas said

    Nothing, everything remains the same

  2.   George said

    In mojave it allows me ... but once you close System Preferences and open it again, it restarts, disappearing the indicated option

  3.   Marta Carvalho said

    Hello Ignacio, thank you very much !!
    It works perfectly. I count the steps that I have had to follow after those explained by Ignacio. After restarting the computer, you try to open the program, you get a message saying that Mac cannot open it blah blah blah. Then you go to Security and Privacy and it asks if you want to open it. From there, that's it! Thank you very much

  4.   Alejandro said

    Works perfectly in Mojave !! thanks

  5.   vic said

    I appreciate your explanations, but I have been trying all day and there is nothing there is no way I have been updated to macOS Mojave 10.14.6 and nothing at all, this happened to me before with the samsung printer drivers and nothing now with the hp printer