Install Apps w/o Administrator privileges?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by chelsel, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. chelsel macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    I followed the general advice to use a Standard login account which is separate from my Administrator account (which is of course separate from the root account).

    However, when I want to install applications, virtually every single one of them asks for Administrator login privileges and wants to install to the Macintosh HD Applications folder... is there any way to override the installation folder and only install for a specific user... or does it really just depend on the program?

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    You need to be an administrator in order to write to /Applications.

    Heck anywhere that isn't your user space.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Applications that install by drag and drop (or occasionally give you an option where to install) can be installed to the Applications folder in your home directory. For most of the rest, you should be providing the requested admin password and letting them go to the root Apps folder. I'm not aware of a way to override those programs and make them install per user.

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