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Tips for Disabling Gatekeeper Permanently On OS X


Gatekeeper is a security feature in OS X that prevents the installation of malware by controlling the types of software that can be downloaded. By default, Gatekeeper is set to only open apps purchased and downloaded from Mac App Store or from identified developers. Most developers have not released signed versions of their applications.

For software that is downloaded from other places on the internet other than the Mac App Store, developers get a unique ID from Apple and use it to sign their apps. Gatekeeper blocks apps created by malware developers. The developer ID verifies that apps have not been tampered with from the time they were signed. If an app was developed by an unknown developer with no ID, Gatekeeper blocks them to protect Mac users from assessing malware.

how-to-disabled-gatekeeper-on-macYou are most likely aware of Gatekeeper from its numerous warnings about the installation of apps from unknown developers. While many people would like to download apps from other sources, Gatekeeper makes it impossible because it blocks the installation of apps that are not downloaded from Mac App Store or from unidentified developers.

If you trust all software that is available on the internet, and you are sure that you are not going to expose your computer to malware, then you can disable Gatekeeper permanently. While it is usually easy to turn off Gatekeeper through the system preferences on Mac, another option is to disable Gatekeeper permanently. All it takes to completely disable Gatekeeper is a quick terminal command.

How Can You Disable Gatekeeper via Terminal Command Line in OS X?

  1. Open Terminal then enter the command below:
  2. Sudo spctl — master-disable
  3. Press enter
  4. Type in your admin password. You should note that when you type in your password, you will not see anything appear. If you enter he password correctly, you will receive a command prompt. But if you entered a wrong password, you will receive a sorry reply. Reenter your password correctly so that you can get a command prompt.
  5. You can now be able to install and run software downloaded from anywhere online.

Note: It will not give you any error if you run without sudo permission, but sudo is required most of the time.

Check the Status of Gatekeeper

If you want to check whether you actually succeeded in turning off Gatekeeper, you can verify the status of Gatekeeper without opening your system preferences by doing the following

  1. Open Terminal then enter the command below:
  2. sptcl –status
  3. Press return key
  4. If the gatekeeper is disabled, you will receive the response “disabled”, if it is still active, you will receive the response “assessments enabled”.

You will install and run any apps that you download after you have completely disabled Gatekeeper. It is important however to be sure about the safety of apps before you download them to your Mac.

Gatekeeper aims at protecting amateur and intermediate Mac users from installing unsafe software on their computers. Advanced OS X users may find Gatekeeper warnings to be annoying and intrusive. If you do not want to see any more warnings, you can simply disable Gatekeeper altogether from your OS X.

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