Is it true that I can only install app from app store in OS X Lion?

Can I not install app from any other source?

  • Unless this has been specifically answered by Apple in a public forum, I'd imagine anyone who knows the answer to this is under NDA and thus won't be able to talk about it here.
    – calum_b
    Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 12:43
  • Despite being a good question - this is speculation about a pre-announced software.
    – bmike
    Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 15:43
  • There may be NDAs but they are leaky. Cocoasodt, for example, just pointed out that the next release of PathFinder - NOT in the app store - works fine on Lion. I don't think its speculative at all to talk about that.
    – David
    Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 21:58
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    Answers are getting upvotes but this question gets downvote? Is this really such bad question that downvote is necessary? Strange...
    – Saurabh
    Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 5:17

2 Answers 2


Not true - mean sure can install apps from dmg.

The Lion remain a full-blown OS, with all common functions, like Terminal.app, root access, Developer system, and so on. When here is no way block installing applications if you will have a root access, so Apple sure will NOT TRY do this.

The following is only my opinion:

On the other side - most of developers will sell their apps via AppStore (because it is easy), so here will be less "demo downloads" (what was possible activated by simple serial#). IMHO, over the time will be here more and more application in AppStore in two versions, like for example:

  • SudokuLite.app (like current demo versions) - free,
  • Sudoku.app (full paid version)

No, it's not true. Without breaking the NDA I can say, that many developers made their software Lion compatible and distribute it from their sites.

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