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Building Simple Packages With Packages

One of the responses I got to my post on Simple Package Creator.app was this one from my colleague Per Olofsson.

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 4.44.38 PM

I’ve used Packages for a while now, but I had no idea it could do this. Not only does it do a similar job to my tool, it’s more automated. To show how this works, I’ve made a video showing the process with Firefox 29.

The package produced at the end installs to /Applications and will have the following permissions:

Owner: root (read-write)

Group: admin (read-only)

Everyone: (read-only)

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 4.41.22 PM

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 4.41.30 PM

Thanks to Per for pointing this out and to Stéphane Sudre for building this handy capability into Packages.

  1. May 7, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I notice this will default the package installer to /Applications – Is there anyway to change that? I would like to have some items installed in /Applications/Utilities but cant find a way to specify that path in Preferences. I even tried dropping in Packages from the Utilities folder, and the resulting installer still installs to /Applications.

  2. May 8, 2014 at 1:22 am


    Not that I’m aware of, but you can use Packages to create an installer package that installs whatever you want into wherever you want. It’s just not a drag-and-drop process, you’ll need to set up a Packages project and then build your installer.

  3. May 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm


    Your last screenshot before your “Thanks to Per for pointing this out and to Stéphane Sudre” is from what application?

  4. donmontalvo
    May 31, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Stéphane Sudre hinted there is a way to create a Packages project template, in case you want to set up default settings (etc) to kick in on new projects.

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