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Disable the "application downloaded from the internet" warning

Finder iconIf you're like me and download files from the internet frequently from places that are positively safe you may want to disable the annoying "... is an application downloaded from the internet. Are you sure you want to open it?" warning message that appears when opening the files.

It's especially a hassle if you want to open multiple files because this warning message won't allow you to and you will have to open each file individually.

To disable the warning message in Mac OS X, open Terminal and enter this command:

xattr -d -r ~/Desktop

Replace ~/Desktop with whichever folder you use to download your files. You don't have to restart, it takes effect immediately. Unfortunately you have to run it every time you download fresh files, so I created an Automator script that runs this Terminal command. It's attached. You can place it in your dock and click it to run.

NoWarning.zip230.69 KB

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JimD's picture
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You know you can turn this feature off permanently using Deeper, Onyx, TinkerTool, and a few other freebie apps.

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Ivan's picture

Thank you!

JimD's picture
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You're welcome. Annoying feature, isn't it? I get why they do it, but they really need to make it an option.

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ItalianMike's picture
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Thanks for the tip, was driving me absolutely crazy the other day. You can also skirt it by opening the files from inside the app.

steveballmer's picture
652 pencils

You people really should keep this warning!
At least you will know what hosed your imitation Windows 95 "computer"!
I am not Steve Ballmer pretending not to be me!

begunia's picture
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Although it is annoying I just pass it up. Should not disable it because it reminds me that the app is from the internet.

lorrie2's picture
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This is awesome! Just what I needed to save few clicks and frustration every time I download something.

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