Use Akeeba Extract Wizard under Mountain Lion

One of the new features in Mac OSX Mountain Lion is “Gatekeeper”, the not-so-friendly tool that tries to “keep you safe” from using evil, evil applications. While the idea is great in general, sometimes you’ll want to use an application that you didn’t buy in the Mac store, or which isn’t developed by a “Trusted Developer”.

In that case, Gatekeeper will refuse to open the program for you unless you lower it’s security settings. This prevented me from using Akeeba Extract Wizard, which is vital to unarchive your back-ups made with Akeeba Backup.

Here’s how you get to use Akeeba Extract Wizard (and by extension, almost any other application):

The steps

Use Akeeba Extract on Mountain Lion

  1. Open Finder, and go to the Applications Folder.
  2. Right-click or Ctrl-click on Akeeba Extract Wizard.
  3. Click “Open”.
  4. Gatekeeper will ask you if you’re sure that you want to open the application. Confirm that’s the case.
  5. Akeeba Extract Wizard will now be started. In the future, you can now also start it from the Application dock or the “Applications” quick folder on your dock.

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