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How to Open an App as Root on a Mac

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  1. How to Open an App as Root on a Mac, Disclaimer and Risks: étape 1, image 1 de 1
    • Most graphical applications are not designed for root access.

    • Limit yourself to specific tasks you need to execute, understand well, or you can experiment (if you don't care about your data).

    • One wrong move can cost you: inaccessible files, application crashes, or security vulnerabilities.

    • You will need an administrator account!

  2. How to Open an App as Root on a Mac, Open Terminal: étape 2, image 1 de 1
    • Open Terminal.

    • Log into an administrator account on your computer. Go to Applications → Utilities and launch Terminal.

    • This administrator account must have a non-blank password, or Terminal will not allow you to access root privileges.

  3. How to Open an App as Root on a Mac, Open the app's package contents: étape 3, image 1 de 1
    • Open the application's package contents.

    • Locate the application in Finder. Right-click (or Control-click) its icon and select Show Package Contents from the drop-down menu.

  4. How to Open an App as Root on a Mac, Find the EXEC file: étape 4, image 1 de 1
    • You should now see one or more folders inside the application. Locate the executable file inside this folder.

    • This is usually inside /Contents/MacOS.

    • The executable often has the same name as the application, but it could have another name, such as ""

    • The executable file icon is usually a black square with the word "exec" in small letters.

  5. How to Open an App as Root on a Mac, Type sudo into terminal: étape 5, image 1 de 1
    • Type sudo followed by a space. Do not enter the command yet.

    • Make sure to enter a space after sudo

    • Do not enter the command until the next step.

  6. How to Open an App as Root on a Mac, Drag the EXEC file: étape 6, image 1 de 1
    • Drag the executable file into the Terminal line.

    • This should automatically insert the file path to the executable file.

    • You will need to enter your password to complete the operation.

    • When you type your password, it will not show! This is for security purposes. Be assured, your password is being registered even if nothing is being displayed on screen.


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Hi Robert,
I searched for executing with root-permissions, because an app can't get access to read USB-devices.
the log of the app reads as:

LIBUSB: warning [darwin_detach_kernel_driver] USB device capture requires either an entitlement ( or root privilege
Error: 2] failed to claim USB interface: -3 LIBUSB_ERROR_ACCESS (Access denied (insufficient permissions))

[14:08:27.487 Camera Error: 2] failed to open transport: 1.1.2-1.1-054c.0ccc

so I thought executing with your method might help..
but it doesn't

Any tipps would be greatly appreciated


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