Turn Off OS X Mountain Lion Gatekeeper Security

Gatekeeper is a security feature in OS X Mountain Lion enabled by default. It required apps to be digitally signed to be installed and help avoid malware.

Gatekeeper is a security feature in OS X Mountain Lion and enabled by default. This only allows apps from the Mac App Store or digitally signed and approved apps to be installed. The thought is that it will help avoid malware on your system. However, there’s a lot of cool apps that you know are safe, and Gatekeeper will throw up a warning message. Here’s how to get around it temporarily, or completely disable the feature.

If you want to install the software you know is safe, but not digitally signed, it’s easy to bypass Gatekeeper security. For instance, here I want to Jailbreak my Apple TV 2 by installing Seas0nPass. Mountain Lion tells me it’s an unidentified developer. Since I know it’s a safe app to run, I need to bypass the security feature.

Cannot Open App

Quickly Bypass Gatekeeper

The easiest way to bypass it on a case-by-case basis is to right-click or Control + Click the app and select Open.

Right Click Open

Then you’ll get the following screen where you can click Open to start the app. This way you’ll still have the extra layer of security Gatekeeper provides and can override it on a case by case basis.


Permanently Allow Unidentified Apps in Mountain Lion

If you’re an experienced user, you might want to permanently allow unidentified developer apps by turning off Gatekeeper. Click the Apple icon and select System Preferences.

OS X System Preferences

Then click Security in Privacy in the Personal column.

Security and Privacy

On the next screen, under “Allow Applications Downloaded From” the default is set and you’ll need to click the lock icon to make changes.

Unlock to Make Changes

Enter your system password to make the changes, select Anywhere, click Allow from Anywhere and click the lock icon again to prevent changes.

Allow from Anywhere

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