Resolving the “Appium Can’t Be Opened” Error on macOS

Resolving the "Appium Can't Be Opened" Error on macOS

5 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

If you’re encountering the error message “Appium can’t be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software” on your Mac, this guide will provide you with a step-by-step solution to resolve the issue and get Appium up and running.

Method 1: Using Security & Privacy Settings

This method is the most straightforward way to allow your Mac to open Appium:

  1. Open System Preferences from the Apple menu or your Dock.
  2. Navigate to Security & Privacy and then select the General tab.
  3. At the bottom of the window, you should see an “Open Anyway” button. Click this button to grant Appium an exception.
  4. Try opening Appium again; it should now launch without displaying the error message.

Method 2: Using Right-Click to Open

Another method involves opening Appium with a mouse right-click:

  1. Locate the Appium application in Finder.
  2. Right-click on the Appium app. On the first attempt, you may still see the error message.
  3. Right-click the Appium app again. This time, you should see an option to “Open” in the context menu.
  4. Select “Open” from the context menu to run Appium.

Method 3: For macOS Ventura Users

If you’re using macOS Ventura and the above methods don’t work, you can try the following:

  1. Open the Terminal application.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter: sudo spctl --master-disable
  3. Enter your administrator password when prompted.
  4. Find the Appium application in Finder, then Control-click (or right-click) on it.
  5. You will receive a prompt asking if you want to open the app. Click “Open” to proceed.

Note: The command mentioned in Method 3 will disable Gatekeeper, which is a security feature. It is recommended to re-enable Gatekeeper after you have opened Appium by using the command: sudo spctl --master-enable.


By following one of these methods, you should be able to bypass the error message and open Appium on your Mac. If you continue to experience issues, ensure that you have the latest version of Appium installed and that it is compatible with your version of macOS.

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