How to allow standard user to install software in Sierra?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by Ashneel Reddy, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. Ashneel Reddy macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2017
    Thank you in advance for the wealth of knowledge on this site. I am setting up a new MacBook Pro with Sierra and need to ensure the standard user account is able to install software and make changes to printing. Besides these two items it needs to be a standard account. With the research I have done it seems the security authorizationdb would be used however I am unsure on how to use this command correctly. Can someone please advise on how to achieve this?
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    There isn't really a way you can do this. Installing an application could involve running a PKG file which will require user authorisation to write files to the Applications folder and the Library. Otherwise it could be drag-and-drop to the Applications folder, but that in itself will still require administrator credentials as the folder is technically owned by user root.

    Basically what you're asking for may seem simple, but there's no real way for macOS to distinguish what you need. As far as it's concerned, a system change is a system change, and you'll need Administrator privileges to make those chances.

    As with everything, there is likely a way around this, but it will involve a stocking full of Terminal commands and it's just asking for trouble.

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