To download torrents, I have changed from running Transmission on my Mac to running it on a NAS. As a next step, I want the Mac to automatically start the torrent download on the NAS by moving the .torrent file to the "watch folder" on the NAS.

I have created the Automator script below to move the file and it works well. I have associated .torrent files with this script and my browser (Chrome) opens these automatically.

Automator script

The problem I now have is that the Mac File Quarantine is triggered when the .torrent file is opened. I get the message:

".torrent" may be an application. It was downloaded from the Internet and will be opened by TorrentOnDiskstation. Are you sure you want to open it?

When I have Transmission installed on my Mac, it opens .torrent files without a warning message, so it must have some way of telling the OS that .torrent files are ok.

How can I get the same behavior with my Automator script?

I've found answers that show how to completely disable the File Quarantine feature (at least for pre-Lion Mac OS), but this seems overkill. I've also seen "hacks" that will trigger the xattr function when a file is created, but this doesn't seem elegant. Can anyone come up with a clean and self-contained solution?

1 Answer 1


From the Terminal.

defaults write com.apple.LaunchServices LSQuarantine -bool NO

This will turn off the warning permanently, or until you change it back with the following command.

defaults write com.apple.LaunchServices LSQuarantine -bool YES

You may need to restart for changes to take effect. Info from MacWorld.

  • on a per-file-basis would be nice, though. This is system-wide, right?
    – Thilo
    Feb 21, 2012 at 3:37
  • Yes, this is system-wide. For a per file or I think per folder solution try xattr -d -r com.apple.quarantine /path/to/folder_or_file.
    – afragen
    Feb 21, 2012 at 3:45

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