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I've tried everything and can't seem to get my script to run at startup. Modifying the .bashrc, .bash_profile, etc that route got me no where. Then I tried cron jobs, no luck. Then I've been pulling my hair trying to use the launchd function. I've made a launch daemon, which is allegedly the root functions, but that's no luck either. As a last try, I even tried Automator with no luck.

The file I want to run as root is: "/Users/CURRENT_USER/Dev/my_script.sh"

Here is what I have in my LaunchDaemons folder:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
    <key>Label</key>
    <string>com.startup.script</string>
    <key>LaunchOnlyOnce</key>
    <true/>
    <key>ProgramArguments</key>
    <array>
        <string>sh</string>
        <string>-c</string>
        <string>/Users/CURRENT_USER/Dev/my_script.sh</string>
    </array>
    <key>RunAtLoad</key>
    <true/>
    <key>UserName</key>
    <string>root</string>
</dict>
</plist>
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A ~/Library/LaunchDaemons doesn't exist. A launch daemon in /Library/LaunchDaemons is already executed with root privileges so you may omit the UserName part.

So put your shell script my_script.sh in /usr/local/bin/ or in /usr/bin/ (adjust the path in the ProgramArguments array if you use the latter), make it executable with sudo chmod +x ... and owned by root:wheel with sudo chown root:wheel .... /usr/bin is recommended if brew is installed.

Modify your current plist to:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
    <key>Label</key>
    <string>com.startup.script</string>
    <key>LaunchOnlyOnce</key>
    <true/>
    <key>ProgramArguments</key>
    <array>
        <string>sh</string>
        <string>-c</string>
        <string>/usr/local/bin/my_script.sh</string>
    </array>
    <key>RunAtLoad</key>
    <true/>
</dict>
</plist>

Save the launch daemon as com.startup.script.plist in /Library/LaunchDaemons/ and owned by root:wheel.

Launch it with:

sudo launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.startup.script.plist
  • Why did you write "/usr/bin is recommended if brew is installed"? I actually couldn't mv any file to /usr/bin even with sudo. – Oren Jun 7 at 16:49

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