The title says it all really, is it possible to create a pkg that can install without the user requiring to enter their password?

  • What payload are you looking to install? If it's any type of application, or something that will be installed system-wide, the password will be required.
    – tubedogg
    Aug 22 '13 at 20:20
  • @tubedogg It is an app bound for /Applications, but the pre-install script downloads a tar.gz to /tmp then extracts it to there - so I don't know if that makes a difference. Does the same apply for a dmg copy type of install?
    – GP89
    Aug 23 '13 at 8:43
  • @tubedogg with PackageMaker I can't even seem to put a png into my home directory without it prompting me for my password?
    – GP89
    Aug 23 '13 at 8:46

There's an option in PackageMaker.

You can still install into /Applications too, but the user would need to be in the admin group because the default permissions for /Applications are drwxrwxr-x+ 90 root admin, so as long as the user is in admin then they'll have write permissions.

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  • Hm like with most things in PackageMaker this seems a little buggy. This seems to work on 10.6.8, but I just tried to use that installer on 10.8.4 and it was still prompting
    – GP89
    Aug 28 '13 at 8:29
  • Yea I think something was changed in 10.7 - in 10.7 and onwards the pkg Installer seems to prompt for root regardless of what you do. Installing on a pre-10.7 os it seems to respect this option and not prompt. I don't know if it's a bug or a security fix or what, but on 10.7 onwards I don't think there's a solution
    – GP89
    Sep 5 '13 at 13:34

You can't install into ~/Applications without admin access and password. In 10.7 and onward Apple changed permissions so even admins need password to install into /Applications, whether using installer or drag and drop.

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