Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'd like to have a flash drive with my common programs on it. That, combined with SkyDrive, allows me to be productive anywhere.

Unfortunately, I can't do this on Macs that don't give me admin permission. I get the portable app, download it to a flash drive on my PC, plug it in to a Mac, and lo and behold, it doesn't work. It needs admin permission.

Is it possible for me to download/create a portable app that I can run without admin permission?

share|improve this question

You can run an App no matter where it is located - even on a write protected volume unless the app is severely non-standard and attempts to write to the application directory or self-modify itself.

Are you certain that there are not some other form of managed preferences or parental controls enabled that is restricting non-whitelisted apps?

share|improve this answer
Hmm. This is what I thought originally. I'll try to see if the mac I was using had parental controls or some funky preferences on it. – JavaAndCSharp Mar 26 '12 at 3:21

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.