Popcorn Time is of course also available for Mac OS X but installation requires bypassing Gatekeeper. Gatekeeper is a native OS X feature to prevent accidental installation of potentially harmful software. Popcorn Time is generally considered safe to install (but still illegal to use) so you shouldn’t be afraid of getting viruses, malware etc.
Installing Popcorn Time on Mac OS X
To protect users from accidentally installing harmful apps on their Mac OS X computer, Apple has implemented a security measure. It prevents unintentional installation of apps downloaded anywhere else than Apple’s own App Store. Since Popcorn Time for obvious reasons isn’t in there, Gatekeeper has to be bypassed if you want to install any of the Popcorn Time apps on your Mac.
Double clicking the installer makes a dialogue box appear displaying the message Popcorn Time can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer. This is Gatekeeper doing its job and the only option is to close the box without installing the program.
Fortunately, Gatekeeper isn’t meant to be ironclad so you can both very easily and safely bypass it. So in order to install Popcorn Time (or iOS installer) on your Mac this is the only way to do it.
The easiest way about it is to simply right-click (or control+click) the downloaded .dmg file and choose “open”. A dialogue box will ask the user to decide whether or no to install an app from an unidentified source. If you want to proceed and install Popcorn Time you have to select “ok”. The app will install and behave like any other app and can thus easily be uninstalled by dragging it to the trash.
The first time running the app you’ll see yet another dialogue box telling you that “Popcorn Time is an application downloaded from the internet. Are you sure you want to open it?” along with info regarding where and when it was downloaded. Click open to start the app and never see the box again.
Permanently disabling Gatekeeper (not recommended)
You can make installation of apps from unidentified developers permanently enabled if you can’t bear the hassle of right-clicking every time you want to install something. You can accomplish this by going to System Preferences – Security & Privacy – General and select “Anywhere” in “Allow applications downloaded from:”. You might have to unlock these options by clicking the padlock icon which enables change in this part of the system preferences.
The permanent solution should only be considered for experienced users as it opens up for accidental installation of possibly harmful apps (Popcorn Time is perfectly harmless).
Popcorn Time forks for Mac
Most of the Popcorn Time forks are available for Mac OS X:
- Popcorn Time Community Edition
- Popcorn Time Online
- Torrents Time
- Porn Time (XXX)
- Stremio (Popcorn Time alternative)