Install some programs without using installers

Dec 02, '08 07:30:01AM

Contributed by: rajington

You may wish that all apps used the simple "drag and drop" installation, instead of Apple's installer. As it turns out, a lot of them use installers when they don't even need to -- see this hint on installing Microsoft's Remote Desktop via drag-and-drop, for instance.

There are lots of others that use package installers, and then ask for admin privileges, when they don't really need to. If you're concerned that they could be running daemons or background processes that make your computer slower, or put files where you don't want them to go, here's a manual-install method to try instead:

  1. Control-click on the package in Finder and select Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu.
  2. Navigate into Contents, where you may see more package installers, or you may see an Archive.pax.gz file.
  3. Drag and drop your app wherever you want to install it.
Of course, this process won't work for every program, but you may be surprised by how many it does work for!

[robg adds: I wouldn't recommend this process as a general rule; some of the parts that you bypass may be required for the app to function properly.]

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