Screenshot of "Choosing 'Anywhere' makes your Mac less secure." popup

I want to trust unidentified developers' applications. I've gone to System Preferences > Security & Privacy and tried to enable "Allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere", but OS X claims it will reset my "Anywhere" selection after 30 days of inactivity. Actually, I don't want OS X to make it unusually difficult for me to use my software, ever. Is it possible to make this selection permanent?

  • Not on Yosemite but on Mavericks, you can ctrl+click -open on the app to allow download
    – Ruskes
    Jul 21, 2015 at 1:09

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It took me some time to figure this out but you can disable it through a global preference using the terminal:

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.security GKAutoRearm -bool NO

This will disable the auto rearming of the Gatekeeper in OS X. Tested on both Yosemite and Mavericks

  • Looking forward to this working in a month; for now I'll take your word for it! Jul 31, 2015 at 1:36
  • Does not seem to work on Mojave Nov 15, 2019 at 17:32
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    @JacobRaccuia you can try sudo spctl --master-disable but I haven’t tested it
    – Wolph
    Nov 15, 2019 at 21:15

Not enough to get the password, you need to change a new one (password) to allow apps downloaded from a particular source can run.

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    What do passwords have to do with Gatekeeper here?
    – nohillside
    Jul 24, 2016 at 12:06

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