If I install a application using *.dmg image using user user1, it will be available when user2 log in as well? or it will be available only for user1 ?

  • Is just an app icon you drag to a folder icon, or is it an installer?
    – Harcker
    Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 21:11

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It depends where it installs to.

If it goes into the main Applications folder, then yes, it's available to all users - though each user will have their own distinct prefs, saved under their account.

If it's installed to /Users/[your name]/Applications, then it's only available to that user.

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    How I can know where it will be installed before installing ? Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 13:29
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    Most apps you simply drag from the open .dmg to where you wish. If it has an installer, it may ask. 99 out of 100 will default to shared Applications.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 13:31
  • @username23423 You can also check using Pacifist.
    – JMY1000
    Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 13:48

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