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I've recently done a clean install of High Sierra and am struggling with reducing the annoyance of the app verification from gatekeeper. For security I log in as a standard user and have a separate admin account - this is the first time I've tried that separation between admin and standard accounts, which is where the problem may lie.

If I right-click the app and 'open', then confirm open again in the gatekeeper dialog, then I will still be asked every time I open the app.

I have disabled gatekeeper (security pane now has third radio button - allowing 'Anywhere' for download source) but this hasn't helped.

I used brew cask to download and install a number of apps and suspect it's those that I can't permanently approve.

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you can try this in terminal To add an application to Gatekeepers exceptions and approved application launch list,

spctl --add /Path/To/Application.app 

replace the Path and Application with yours

  • Doesn't work ... it gives a permission dialog for the admin user (which I put in), but on next launch it still gets Gatekeeper notice. – Simbamangu Oct 29 '18 at 8:51
  • interesting, maybe it needs a Restart after issuing the command to To add an application to Gatekeepers exceptions and approved application launch list, to become permanent. – Ruskes Oct 29 '18 at 16:11

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