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2.6   Security & Privacy Access

On macOS 10.14, you need to tell the system if you want applications to be able to control other applications or access their data. For example:

Granting Full Disk Access

To give DropDMG access:

  1. Go to the Security & Privacy pane of System Preferences and click on the Privacy tab. Then scroll down and click on Full Disk Access. (You can also click here to go directly to Full Disk Access.)

    full disk access

  2. If the lock button in the lower left corner of the window is locked, click on it, enter your Mac’s login password, and click Unlock so that you are allowed to make changes.

  3. Click the + button and choose DropDMG from your Applications folder. DropDMG should now appear in the list as checked.

  4. Double-click the DropDMG icon to relaunch it.

Granting Automation Access

macOS will automatically ask you when DropDMG needs to be able to control an application. It will show an alert, and you should click the OK button.

If you accidentally click Don’t Allow and deny DropDMG access to control an app, macOS will remember this and may not ask you again. You can add access by going to Security & Privacy ‣ Privacy ‣ Automation in System Preferences and checking the box(es) under DropDMG.

automation access

Troubleshooting Full Disk Access

In rare cases, DropDMG may not appear in the Full Disk Access list after you add it. You can enter this command in Terminal:

tccutil reset SystemPolicyAllFiles

to reset the system’s database of file privileges and then try adding DropDMG again.

Troubleshooting Automation Access

You can enter this command in Terminal:

tccutil reset AppleEvents

to reset the system’s database of Automation privileges. Then macOS will ask you again the next time DropDMG needs access, and you can click OK.

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