Have you ever tried to run the software that are directly downloaded from the internet and faced an error windows saying that

“Software Name” can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the Mac App Store


So, the question is how can we run the application that is not from Mac App Store. This issue had happened to me so I googled and found the solution that is I am going to share with you all. There are 2 methods to achieve what you want which are given below:

Method 1: Temporary but fast solution

  1. Go to the app that you want to run. I am running FileZilla for an example.
  2. Press Control key on the keyboard and click on it. A context menu will appear then click on “Open”
    this will give you a prompt if you are opening the file for first time. Just click on open button in the prompt window that will open the application and now you are free to use it.

Method 2: Permanent solution

  1. Press COMMAND+SPACE to open quick launch and type System Preferences and hit enter to open it.
  2. Go to Security & Privacy
  3. Look at the bottom left corner of the window. You will find a lock there. Just click on it to unlock the lock
    if you are asked to enter a password after clicking on it then feed your system password and provide it and move further.
  4. “Allow apps downloaded from:” option should be enabled after performing the above step
  5. You will find 3 option under “Allow apps downloaded from:”
    Mac App Store
    2. Mac App Store and identified developers
    3. Anywhere
    Select Anywhere by clicking on it. A pop will apper just click on “Allow from Anywhere”
  6. Now, click on the lock again to save the changes (if ask for password then provide system password).

And all is done. Now you are free to run any application downloaded from anywhere and noone will stop you. Enjoy!!!