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Lesson 21: Installing Software on Your Mac


Installing software on your Mac

Your computer allows you to do some really amazing things. Digital photo editing, sophisticated computer gaming, video streaming—all of these things are possible because of different types of software. Developers are always creating new software applications, which allow you to do even more with your computer.

Installing from a CD-ROM

From the mid-1990s through the late 2000s, the most common way to get new software was to purchase a CD-ROM. You could then insert the disc, and the computer would walk you through through the installation.

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Now, almost all software has moved away from this model. In fact, Apple no longer sells computers that include a CD-ROM drive.

Installing software from the Web

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Today, the most common way to get new software is to download it from the Internet. Applications like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop can now be purchased and downloaded right to your computer. You can also install free software this way. For example, if you wanted to install the Google Chrome web browser, you could visit this page and click the Download button.

The installation file will usually be saved to your computer in the .dmg format. Pronounced dot d-m-g, this is the standard extension for installation files on Mac computers. You can follow the steps below to install an application from a .dmg file.

  1. Locate and download a .dmg file.
  2. Locate and select the .dmg file. (It will usually be in your Downloads folder.)
  3. A dialog box will appear. Click and drag the icon to your Applications folder.
  4. The application is now installed. You can double-click the icon to open the program.
  5. On the desktop, there will probably be a disk drive icon with the name of the application. This is known as a volume, and it is not needed after the application has been installed. You can simply drag it into the Trash on the dock.

Some applications will use the .pkg extension instead of .dmg—in this case, you can simply follow the instructions to install the software.

Tips for finding software

In our experience, the easiest way to find new software is to search the Web. For example, if you were looking for a way to edit some personal photos on your computer, you could run a Google search for free photo-editing software. If you're not exactly sure what kind of software you're looking for, try describing the tasks you want to complete. For example, if you wanted a way to create to-do lists and organize your appointments, you might search for something like free calendar organizer software.

The Mac App Store

If you're using macOS, you can download and install software from the Mac App Store. The Mac App Store is meant to simplify the process of locating and installing software from third-party developers—when you find an app, you won't have to do any extra work to install it.


I have some apps installed under the admin account on my Mac. I set up standard user accounts on this machine, and I would like these users to access the already installed applications. When they run the app, it either opens in trial mode or asks for a serial number, even though they are already installed. Is there any way to do this?
posted by dhruva to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Have you tried adding your Apple ID to the App Store for those users?
If you're unwilling to do that, then you'll probably have to buy the applications again for each user. Welcome to Apple's walled garden, we hope you enjoy your stay!
posted by pharm at 1:23 PM on June 5, 2013

Some of these apps are not bought from the App Store.
posted by dhruva at 1:27 PM on June 5, 2013

Which apps specifically are you using? There are a variety of different licensing and registration schemes out there, other than the Apple App Store, and they all may be subtly different. You may want to contact the authors of the apps directly.
posted by xil at 1:28 PM on June 5, 2013

For example JMP or Scrivener
posted by dhruva at 1:29 PM on June 5, 2013

Although some more reading has turned up conflicting answers. Humph. Maybe it depends on the licensing of specific Apps?
If the programs are not bought from the App store, where are they installed? If you installed them into the user's Applications directory (my Mac is at work right now, so I can't check, but doesn't each user have their own as well as the system one?) then that's presumably why the other users can't see the Applications. You could either reinstall for each user, or else install them into the system Applications directory.
posted by pharm at 1:31 PM on June 5, 2013

They are installed in the Admin user's Application directory. I remember some apps asked me if I was installing for one user or all users, and I foolishly said one user, so I was wondering if there's any way around this without having to reinstall a bunch of software.
posted by dhruva at 1:35 PM on June 5, 2013

How To Install Software On Mac For All Users

For most ordinary applications, copying the App from the user Applications directory to the system one will just work (tm) I think.
posted by pharm at 1:38 PM on June 5, 2013

They are installed in the Admin user's Application directory. I remember some apps asked me if I was installing for one user or all users, and I foolishly said one user, so I was wondering if there's any way around this without having to reinstall a bunch of software.
That might be (part/all of) your problem, right there. User-specific application directories exist specifically to install software only for that user - if you want everyone to have access to something, you want it in the root /Applications directory.
posted by Tomorrowful at 1:43 PM on June 5, 2013

In the past I have found that some apps keep their registration keys in the preferences or application support folders. So, if just moving the application to the system application folder doesn't make the 'unregistered' messages go away you could try copying any related preference folders as well.
posted by Quinbus Flestrin at 3:18 PM on June 5, 2013 [1 favorite]

Building on what Quinbus Felstrin said, look in ~/Library and its subdirectories for stuff related to the apps in question. Try moving it to /Library.
Or maybe just try scrapping the apps and reinstalling...
posted by Good Brain at 5:37 PM on June 5, 2013

You can make the non admin accounts admins, log in as those users, set the correct registration numbers then log out and remove admin rights. Once registration info is entered, it should stick.
Though technically, you shouldn't have to make them admins to do that.
posted by inviolable at 6:41 PM on June 5, 2013

Seconding what Qinbus Flestrin is saying. If the other users can see the applications, and open them in trial mode, there's nothing wrong with where the application is stored on disk. It also doesn't matter whether the other users are admins or not.
The problem is that the apps store their registration info per-user. It's possible the apps have an option to store the info globally. Otherwise, you'll have to enter the registration info for each user, or at least copy over files containing that info. I'd recommend contacting the vendors and asking for advice.
posted by vasi at 9:11 PM on June 5, 2013

Ok I tried putting in the preferences files in the user accounts, but the app refused to run, it needed an activation. I guess I will have to re-install, or contact the vendors. Thanks everyone.
posted by dhruva at 10:38 AM on June 6, 2013
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