Christian Vuerings

Fixing Security Preferences in OS X Mountain Lion

September 21, 2012

When trying to run an application, OS X gave me the following warning:

OS X Mountain Lion Warning

“Application name” can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer. Your security preferences allow installation of only apps from the Mac App Store and identified developers.

1) File fix

  1. Right-click on the application you want to open
  2. Select “open”

This will override the built-in default security settings for this specific file.

2) Global fix

  1. Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General
  2. Change Allow applications downloaded from to Anywhere

You might need to press the lock icon first and confirm the change.