How do I add a custom alert sound in macOS Sierra? I've made some sounds I want to use in a variety of applications but when I try to add them to the /System/Library/Sounds folder, it says The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have the necessary permission. I also get the same message trying to add myself to the permissions on the Get Info window.
Copy the sound file to
~/Library/Sounds, which is in your Home folder not
/System/Library/Sounds in the root of the Macintosh HD. The sound file will then show in System Preferences > Sounds > Sound Effects for you to select as the alert sound.
Note: To expose the Library folder within your Home folder, click Finder > Go > press the option key and select Library.
Update to address comment:
First you need to disable System Integrity Protection.
- Reboot the Mac and hold down commandR keys simultaneously after you hear the startup chime, this will boot macOS into Recovery Mode
- When the macOS Utilities screen appears, click the Utilities menu, at the top of the screen instead, and choose Terminal.
Type the following command into Terminal then press enter:
You’ll see a message saying that System Integrity Protection has been disabled and the Mac needs to restart for changes to take effect
- Reboot the Mac.
After copying the file(s) to
/System/Library/Sounds you'll need to enable System Integrity Protection using
csrutil enable following the steps above.
With System Integrity Protection disabled, then to copy the sound file(s) to
/System/Library/Sounds you'll needed to use
cp in Terminal.
cd /System/Library/Sounds sudo cp /path/to/custom_sound.aiff .
Note that is a
. at the end of the command, so as to copy the file into the current directory. You'll be prompted for an Administrator password when using
sudo and when you type the password you'll not see any response as the typing of the password is hidden. Just type the password and press enter for the command to execute.
From Apple level 9 user - an easy answer and fix for some reason not out on the net...
Open a Finder window, hold down option key and click GO.... GO>Library>Sounds (double click to open sounds- the folder will be empty if you have not added any personal sounds) then drag and drop .aiff sounds.
On macOS Sierra
You don't have to disable anything! /Users/< username >/Library/Sounds/_______.aiff It should be empty. Drag and drop your .AIFF file there then open System Preferences/Sounds, then click the Sound Effects tab, and it should be there.