Codesigning Automator app

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by wallraff, May 16, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2009
    Hi. I have a useful simple automator app/droplet I've created and wish to distribute the app to my collegues.

    They cannot open and run it, gatekeeper stops it, since it says its from a unidentified developer. Can I add this information to the app somehow?
    I have a free developer account at apple and xcode installed but normally dont use it.

    What can i do to add the developer info to the app?
  2. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Have a look at this:

    Keep in mind that an app in OS X is just a bundle that contains executable code somewhere in it. So you can add a Info.plist file if the automater applications don't have them by default (although I imagine they probably do, since every bundle I've ever looked in, whether a plugin, app, or docset has had an Info.plist file in it.)
  3. macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2011
    Littleton, Colorado, USA
    An Automator "application" is really just a self-running workflow that is actually run by the Automator Launcher, so I don't know how that would work. How are you distributing the workflow (zip, dmg, etc)?
  4. macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    See this article:
    OS X: About Gatekeeper

    There are two sections that may be relevant to you:

    1. Get a Developer ID from Apple:
    For apps that are downloaded from places other than the Mac App Store, developers can get a unique Developer ID from Apple and use it to digitally sign their apps. ...
    A paid membership can definitely get a signing key. I don't know if a non-paying membership can.

    So sign up first for a non-paying Developer Program membership, then follow the instructions on how to get a code-signing key (google search terms: os x code signing). If you can obtain a code-signing key (or if you can't), then report back and tell us what you did and what actually happened.

    2. See the subheading: "How to open an app from a unidentified developer and exempt it from Gatekeeper".

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