Installing applications across more than one user account

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Fifemacuser, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Fifemacuser macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012

    I am brand new to the world of mac (as of today!) and have a question about using multiple accounts and software installation. Please go easy on me!

    when i installed a game under steam on one account its not showing up when i try to use it under another user account.

    Is this the same for all applications that i install. i.e. if i bought pages on one account, another user couldn't use it without paying and installing it also?

    I am sure this isn't the case, but any help or advice would be appreciated.

    ta! :confused:
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I think that is a Steam thing. You may want to check the preferences on Steam for multiple accounts.

    Installing other apps, such as from the MAS (Mac App Store), they will be able to be used across any account unless specifically denied by an administrator.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you install an app in the /Applications folder, it's available to all user accounts. If you install it in the ~/Applications folder (/Users/yourusername/Applications), it's only available to your user.

    Installing Applications in Mac OS X
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Normally applications go into the Applications folder, which is accessible by all users. Unless you or the installer changes that, applications should show up there and be accessible by all users unless they are prevented from doing so via Parental Controls.

    Installing Applications in Mac OS X
  5. Fifemacuser thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
    thanks for the quick help guys. Just getting my way into this after years in the PC wilderness!
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It is Steam. Steam puts downloaded games in the users ~/Documents folder so they are not accessible to other users on the machine.
  7. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    Steam apps are placed here:

    /Users/*UserName*/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps

    To have them accessible to another account on your Mac, you would have to copy them to the other user's SteamApps folder.

    I don't know of any other method.

    Steam Support

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