Ahmad Awais



SOLVED: You do not have permission to open the application “Mac.app”

Ahmad AwaisAhmad Awais

I was just trying to open a macOS app packaged by a third-party software company that doesn’t exist anymore and I was getting the following error:

You do not have permission to open the application “Mac.app”.

Tried everything I could find to open the app and only the following solution worked for me — I had to sign the app again.

codesign --force --deep --sign - /path/to/the/Mac.app

I hope this helps someone.

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  • Jang
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    Jang Jang

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    Still didn’t work for an old app