with just one function call:
let message = "Example App needs your permission to do thingamajig." let icon = Bundle.main.url(forResource: "bless", withExtension: "png") try LaunchdManager.authorizeAndBless(message: message, icon: icon)
icon parameters are optional. Defaults will be provided by macOS if they are not specified.
To see a runnable sample app using this framework, check out SwiftAuthorizationSample.
Beyond making it easy to bless a helper tool, Blessed provides a complete Swift implementation of the non-deprecated portions of macOS's Authorization Services and Service Management frameworks. At a high level this framework exposes three closely related capabilities:
launchdto install helper tool executables which will run with root privileges
For completeness the Service Management capability to enable and disable login items via
launchd is also included; see
In some more advanced circumstances you may to want directly interact with macOS's Security Server via the
If you only need to check if a user can perform an operation, use
checkRights(_:environment:options:) without needing
to create an
Otherwise you'll typically want to initialize an instance via
init() and then subsequently request rights with
macOS's authorization system is built around the concept of rights. The Policy Database contains definitions for all of the rights on the system and your application can add its own.
If an application defines its own rights it can then use these to self-restrict functionality. For details on why you might want to do see, consider reading Apple's Technical Note TN2095: Authorization for Everyone although keep in mind the code samples shown are not applicable if you are using this Swift implementation.
To define a custom right:
let myCustomRight = AuthorizationRight(name: "com.example.MyApp.special-action") let description = "MyApp would like to perform a special action." let rules: Set<AuthorizationRightRule> = [CannedAuthorizationRightRules.authenticateAsAdmin] try myCustomRight.createOrUpdateDefinition(rules: rules, descriptionKey: description)
The above example creates a right called "com.example.MyApp.special-action" which requires that the user authenticate as
an admin. How exactly the user does so is up to macOS; your application does not concern itself with this. (At the time
of this documentation being written this means the user needing to type in a password, but in the future Apple could for
example update their implementation of the
authenticateAsAdmin rule to use Touch ID.) When the user is asked to
authenticate they will see the message "MyApp would like to perform a special action."
There are several optional parameters not used in this example, see the documentation for details.
If you need to create a rule which is not solely composed of already existing rules, you must create an authorization plug-in, which is not covered by this framework. See Using Authorization Plug-ins for more information.
Most of this framework is not available to sandboxed apps because of privilege escalation.
The exceptions to this are:
If you need to determine at run time if your app is sandboxed, this framework exposes an extension on
let sandboxed = try NSApplication.shared.isSandboxed()
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