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When an app/program is not from an authorized developer, it cannot be opened directly because of security settings.

These security settings can be overridden by adding the app as an exception to the security settings, or by using the "open anyway" button in the security & privacy settings page.

Where can I see a full list (with complete paths) of all apps/scripts that were ever added as security exceptions in this manner? I suspect a previously "allowed by me"/installed app to be dirty and need to check.

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    Start off by looking at scutil --list because that will list all the events that Gatekeeper encountered; both "allow" and "deny". Unfortunately, all the apps are hashed, so it will require some investigative work.
    – Allan
    May 1, 2020 at 14:00
  • Hi, Thank you for the tip. I actually found another nice place. I did a grep -iR for one of the names I recalled and one of the files it turned up in was: /Volumes/HDD1/Library/Receipts/InstallHistory.plist This is a file with complete records with dates and names. SO happy to have found it, Apple normally hides all this useful info from users.
    – dakini
    May 3, 2020 at 1:19

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I did a grep -iR for one of the names I recalled and one of the files it turned up in was: /Volumes/HDD1/Library/Receipts/InstallHistory.plist, HDD1 being the name of the drive the OS is installed on. So happy to have found it, because Apple increasingly hides all this useful info from users.

This is a file with complete records with names of all installed programs and the dates they were installed on and some other info.

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    Nice! +1. Simplicity!
    – Allan
    May 3, 2020 at 2:52
  • Has anyone been able to determine whether it's possible to whitelist an app by manually adding it to this file?
    – Stpete111
    May 19 at 15:21

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