How to open an Apple macOS app from an unidentified developer using Finder App or using the ‘Open anyway’ functionality in your System Preferences’ Security & Privacy Settings

If you are like mine, use safe macOS default settings to allow the system to run & open apps only from third-party Identified macOS App Developers.

You may face a problem with something like this. Your Mac’s Security & Privacy preferences will not allow you to open the app from an unidentified macOS App Developer.

If you navigate to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General tab, you will see something like this:


So how will you open that particular app blocked by Security & Privacy Settings?

Solution 01: You can change the settings available in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General tab under “Allow apps downloaded from:” to “Anywhere

Important Note: This Solution may not be the safest for the health of your operating system security & privacy settings.

Solution 02: Once faced with this problem, as shown in the above image, navigate to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General tab and tap the ‘Open Anyway’ button. If the app doesn’t open automatically, tap on your respective app again to open it.

Important Note: Sometimes, Solution 02 doesn’t work 100% of the time. You can follow the below solution to the open app without problems.

Solution 03: To override your security settings and open the app anyway using Finder:

Step 01: First, locate the app you want to open in the Finder.

Note: Don’t use Launchpad, as Launchpad doesn’t allow you to access the shortcut menu.

Step 02: Press the Control key & then click the app icon >, choose Open from the shortcut menu & Click Open.

Important Note: The app is saved as an exception to your security settings, and you can open it in the future by double-clicking it just as you can any registered developer app.

Your problem of not opening a particular Mac app should be solved now.

Hope it helps,

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

Mandar Apte

This website contains a design articles blog by Mandar Apte. He writes and shares his iOS development, graphic, web, & animation film design experience through articles. Mandar is Mumbai based multi-disciplinary designer with expertise in UI, UX, Logo, Symbol, and Brand Identity design. He is an alumnus of Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai. He currently runs his studio in the heart of the city of Mumbai.

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