Just installed iTerm2 and it asked me change some settings in Security & Privacy of macOS. At the moment I gave "Full Disk Access". Under "Accessibility" I see iTerm2 listed but without the checkbox unchecked.

Shall I give iTerm2 both "Full Disk Access" and "Accessibility" permission? Or shall I revoke any permission?

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If you want to access special directories/files such as ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook or ~/Pictures/Photos Library.photoslibrary, yes you need to give Full Disk Access to iTerm2. If don't, you can not access those directories.

For more information, here is the iTerm2 wiki https://gitlab.com/gnachman/iterm2/wikis/fulldiskaccess

Here is the screenshot when you don't give Full Disk Access to iTerm2.

iTerm2 don't have Full Disk Access

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    What about "Accessibility" permission?
    – matteo-g
    Nov 9, 2018 at 18:26
  • In Accessibility I see AEServer and Terminal. I added iterm from Applications. There is no iterm2 which should be. In Full Disk Access I also added Iterm. It is working now, I want to access the downloads folder.
    – Timo
    Apr 29, 2022 at 11:55
  • Any suggestions on how to add the mentioned permission? Nov 14, 2022 at 12:09
  • To enable access to photos, simply toggle the switch in the Photos section of the Privacy & Security settings.
    – isevcik
    Jul 10, 2023 at 20:54

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