Install Apps Silently on macOS Using DMG Files

Installation media for macOS applications can come in a variety of forms, including PKG files, ZIP files, or DMG files. DMG files interact with the macOS system similar to USB sticks, and after these files are double-clicked they can be handled similarly. You may want to use a silent installation if user intervention is not required.

To install an application from a DMG file:

  • Double-click the DMG file to make its content available (the name will show up in the Finder sidebar), and a window generally opens also showing the content.
  • Drag the application from the DMG window into the Applications directory to install (you may need an administrator password).
  • Wait for the copy process to finish.
  • Eject the DMG.
  • Delete the DMG from the Downloads directory.

This process can be scripted and examples of these scripts have been published within the JumpCloud Commands Gallery for JumpCloud IT Admins.

These examples describe silently installing applications on macOS from DMG files using JumpCloud commands:

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