Allow Apps from “Anywhere” in macOS Mojave, High Sierra, and Sierra

When Apple released Sierra, the Security System Preference option to let Applications from “Anywhere” run was hidden. OSXDaily has a great little article detailing the reasoning for this and how to turn the back on.

NOTE: This method disables the MacOS GateKeeper security functionality and should only be used by advanced users and developers.

To Restore the “Allow Apps from Anywhere” Security Preference Option:

  1. Open the Terminal app from the /Applications/Utilities/ folder and then enter the following command:
sudo spctl --master-disable
  1. Press the return key and enter your administrator password.
  2. Relaunch System Preferences and go to “Security & Privacy”.
  3. In the “General” tab you will now see the “Anywhere” option under “Allow apps downloaded from:”.

To Return to the Default Gatekeeper Security setting:

  1. Open the Terminal app and enter the following command:
sudo spctl --master-enable

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