Safely enable AU, VST and VST3 Plugins in macOS Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey and Ventura. De-quarantine a Plugin: sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine
Safely enable VST, VST3 and AU Plugins in macOS

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Safely enable AU, VST and VST3 Plugins in macOS

(Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura, Sonoma)

  


 

Although our plugins are code-signed and notarized with Apple, you may receive a warning because they are not downloaded from the App Store and may not be recognized as safe applications. Gatekeeper has become much stricter in MacOS Catalina (and later), causing problems especially with plugins. Therefore, depending on your security settings, if you try to install the plugins and a pop-up warning appears ("File damaged", "Cannot be opened", etc.), you can safely enable these plugins.

 

Special Thanks to @OSIRIS-GUITAR


  


For Gatekeeper, Apple has introduced quarantine extended attribute called com.apple.quarantine which is set on every file downloaded from the Internet. This attribute is set by the browser when you download a file with it.


 

This is a quick review of what is shown in the video by typing a command in Terminal according to the plugin format to enable it:

1.- Type the following in the Terminal:

sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine  
(note the space at the end)

2.- Click on the Library folder.

3.- Click on the Audio folder

4.- Click on the Plug-ins folder

5.- Click on the Components, VST or VST3 folder

6.- Drag and drop the *.component, *.vst or *.vst3 plugin into the Terminal window right after the space of the above command (step 1).

7.- After drop it, press your 'return' key

8.- Authenticate with your admin password.

9.- Done. The AU, VST and/or VST3 plugin should now be visible in your DAW.

  


References


 

VST

 

The VST plug-ins usually go into the shared Library that's used by all users. So the VST path is:

sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/<PluginName>.vst

 

Some VST plug-ins go into your personal Library, then the VST path is:

sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine /Users/<YourUserName>/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/<PluginName>.vst

 


 

VST3

The VST3 plug-ins usually go into the shared Library that's used by all users. So the VST3 path is:

sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/<PluginName>.vst3

 

Some VST plug-ins go into your personal Library, then the VST path is:

sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine /Users/<YourUserName>/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/<PluginName>.vst3

 


 

Audio Unit

The Audio Unit plug-ins usually go into the shared Library that's used by all users. So the Audio Unit Components path is:

sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/<PluginName>.component

 

Some VST plug-ins go into your personal Library, then the VST path is:

sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine /Users/<YourUserName>/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/<PluginName>.component

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