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Install Applications on MacOS Silently Using DMG Files

MacOS applications installation media can come in a variety of different forms, PKG files, ZIP files, or DMG files.

DMG files interact with the MacOS system similar to USB sticks and once these files are double-clicked they can be handled more or less the same way. 

To install an Application from a DMG file you usually do the following:
  • double click the DMG to make its content available (name will show up in the Finder sidebar), usually a window opens showing the content as well
  • drag the application from the DMG window into /Applications to install (may need an administrator password)
  • wait for the copy process to finish
  • eject the DMG (by clicking the eject button in the Sidebar)
  • delete the DMG from Downloads
This process can be scripted and examples of these scripts have been published within the JumpCloud Commands Gallery for use by JumpCloud admins.

Find examples below for installing applications on MacOS silently from DMG files using JumpCloud commands.

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2019 10:37AM MST

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