Why I must have administrator password to install apps from mac app store?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by codefuns, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. codefuns macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2011
    When I try to install applications from Mac app store, it always let me input my administrator user name and password, I think it just need admin right to copy the app file to public application folder. But why I can't install that app to my user's application folder? For chome, blender, glimps, I can just drag those app files to my desktop without admin right, and all works perfectly.
  2. johannnn macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2009
    Is it not your iTunes account? So that you are careful with your cash
  3. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    That, and so that others that are using your computer can't just buy all sorts of apps for you.
  4. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Mainly parental control. The kiddies were running amuck with their parent's account.
  5. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Pretty simple. /Applications is owned by system. You are not system. You have to be in an admin group to write to system. And prove it with authentication. You can run certain bundle apps anywhere but this is a really dirty and junior varsity way of operating your system. You should change the admin pass on your machine so you know it or stop installing software on someone else's Mac.

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