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How do I install an application for just one user, without using administrative permissions or affecting any other users?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Just put the application in the home of the user. You could create folders like this for every user:


and put the application(s) there.

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The nice thing about mac os x is apps can typically run from anywhere. It's best for sanity to put them in the application folders (system and or user) but not strictly required. – bmike May 22 '11 at 7:28
Hmm, interesting, since I have the same question - but I don't have a /User/(myusername) only /User/someotheruser/, and /User is owned by root! – DarenW Jun 29 '11 at 22:47
When I trie to do this it creates a shortcut. Is there a way to move it completely (dropbox)? – Vincent Oct 11 '14 at 10:55

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