Using osx 10.9 and packages for making package installer.

While installing a package made using Packages in /Applications location on a osx 10.9 machine, installer is asking for Admin password. Even though I had unchecked 'Require admin password for installation' while package making.

So, how to avoid this i.e a non-admin user should install this package. Package should install in /Applications location, so that non-admin user can use the app.

I check this and this

  • If everything You need goes into one bundle inside /Applications dir, why don't You pack Your .app file inside dmg, so user could just drag and drop Your app? Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 13:21
  • There is a folder myapp which contains a)a.app b)b.app So I made package of this myapp folder which installs in /Application location. So in /Applications location myapp folder installs through myapp.pkg.
    – imp
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 13:35
  • So are you saying to make dmg of this myapp folder. how please xplain
    – imp
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 13:39
  • Using hdiutil command. Here's more info about this. apple.stackexchange.com/a/50040/74657 You can drag'n'drop this folder to /Applications without admin password. Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 13:44
  • Here's explanation how You can make custom backgrounds inside dmg file: el-tramo.be/guides/fancy-dmg Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 13:47

2 Answers 2


The installer is actually doing the right thing by asking for an admin password. Users without admin rights do not have the ability to write to the /Applications directory on a Mac.

Without knowing more about your installer, I suspect the request for an admin password is coming from Apple's Installer.app, which is the application that your installer is working with to install your application.

Installer.app is detecting that the non-admin account that's running the installation doesn't have admin rights and that /Applications doesn't allow non-admin users to write to it. To resolve the issue, Installer.app is requesting that an admin account authenticate the installation and authorize the needed rights. Otherwise, the installation will just fail.


I think somewhere In your package you hav checked require admin authentication. I have tested on 10.9 its not asking for password.

  • Which package are you using for installer making. I am using Packages. Application should be install in /Application location. It is asking password for both admin and non-admin users. Also I had not checked the require admin button.
    – imp
    Commented Dec 25, 2014 at 13:08
  • I am using Package Maker Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 4:13
  • Are you installing package in /Applications location.
    – imp
    Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 8:01
  • Yes , i am installing package inside Applications Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 9:23

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