Experiencing a problem with several apps after installing macOS Catalina.

When the app is downloaded from the internet I get the error:

"APP NAME" is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the trash.

Any workarounds to bypass macOS gatekeeper for specific apps?

"APP NAME" is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the trash.

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    That's not a Gatekeeper message. Presumably since you're pirating it, you're downloading an older version? Is that a 32-bit version? If you grab an official download, does it work? – Marc Wilson Oct 9 '19 at 22:09
  • "Coherence Pro" is damaged. Good grief. – 146438 Oct 24 '19 at 8:05

Here's the solution. Open Terminal and run:

sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine /Applications/Coherence\ Pro.app

If the path to the program is different, then obviously change it so that it's pointing to whatever your app is. For me, CloudMounter.app wasn't working after the update to macOS Catalina.

Let me know if that works for you.

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  • For me, I need additional flag: sudo xattr -rds com.apple.quarantine /Applications/Coherence\ Pro.app in order to work. The differences are: '-rd' to '-rds' – Pencilcheck Nov 18 '19 at 22:55
  • You saved my day! – Kaloyan Kosev Dec 12 '19 at 8:46
  • Great solution! – trueicecold Jan 7 at 13:33
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    A lazy man's way is simply xattr -rc; you don't have to type or copy com.apple.quarantine, and I guarantee you there are no other xattrs you'll be missing. – Geoff Nixon Jan 21 at 14:56

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