Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is there any way to use the Mac App Store without the administrator password? IE change it to install the app at ~/Applications instead of /Applications?

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 1 down vote accepted

According to one poster in an Apple discussion forum, this may be possible in Lion:

This is possible with Lion.

There is a _appstore group. All the users that are in this group are allowed to install applications from the Mac App Store. You can add a user to this group with the workgroup manager (install server admin tool first). Or by typing in this command on the terminal.

dseditgroup -o edit -a shortusername -t user _appstore

Unfortunately, this approach won't work in Snow Leopard or earlier versions of OS X. There also doesn't seem to be an option to install apps in a directory other than /Applications.

share|improve this answer
1  
OK. I'm on 10.6, and while the admins don't care about apps being installed, they don't like typing in the password for anything non-crucial. So, I guess I'm out of luck. –  tkbx May 11 '12 at 16:13
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

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.