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I installed ActivityWatch on my Mac (OS version: Mojave), and every minute or so it launches a dialog saying “ActivityWatch.app“ wants access to control “System Events.app“.

How can I get rid of these dialogs?

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Here is what I did that fixed it:

  1. Quit ActivityWatch from the menu bar.

  2. sudo chown -R root:wheel /Applications/ActivityWatch.app

  3. In System Preferences / Security and Privacy / Accessibility, added ActivityWatch to list of applications authorized to control computer.

  4. Restart ActivityWatch.

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  • Steps 1 and 2 seem odd. Step 3 is likely the solution and it will tell you 4 if you have the app running, no?
    – bmike
    Mar 25, 2020 at 2:21
  • I don't understand, could you explain more clearly? Mar 28, 2020 at 23:22
  • Skip steps 1 and 2 - they won’t help most people.
    – bmike
    Mar 29, 2020 at 0:30
  • @bmike disagreed. Steps 1 and 2 are necessary. Also see here: github.com/ActivityWatch/activitywatch/issues/380
    – Naji
    Nov 29, 2020 at 0:17

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