Mac OS X - Error Creating folder...Access Denied

This document explains what needs to be done if you receive an "Access denied" error when trying to install a program on a computer running Mac OS X.

Mac OS X requires you to be logged in as an administrator when you install applications. If you are logged in as an administrator but are unable to install applications, either permissions for the Mac OS system files or your administrator account may be damaged. Apple Disk Utility restored privileges of the Mac OS system files to their default configuration.

Solution 1: Mac OS 10.2.x Users Only

Use Apple Disk Utility to repair the disk permissions.

  1. Start Apple Disk Utility, which is in the Applications/Utilities folder.
  2. Click the First Aid tab.
  3. Select the volume on which you want to install the program, and then click Repair Disk Permissions.
  4. Attempt installing the program.
  5. If this does not resolve the issue proceed on to Solution 3.

Solution 2: Mac OS 10.3 (and up) Users

Use Apple Disk Utility to repair the disk permissions.

  1. Start Apple Disk Utility, which is in the Applications/Utilities folder.
  2. On the left hand column of the Disk Utility screen, select the volume on which you want to install the program.
  3. On the First Aid tab click Repair Disk Permissions
  4. Attempt installing the program.
  5. If this does not resolve the issue proceed on to Solution 3.

Solution 3: All Mac OS 10.x.x Users

Create a new user account with administrator rights.

  1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
  2. Choose View > Users.
  3. Click New User.
  4. Click the Identity tab. Enter a name for the user account in the Name and Short Name text boxes.
  5. Click the Password tab. Enter a password in the Password and Verify text boxes.
  6. Select Allow User to Administer this Computer, and then click Save.
  7. When prompted, click Turn Off Automatic Login.
  8. Attempt installing the program.

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Keywords:mac os x access denied 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 tiger leopard panther create   Doc ID:7567
Owner:Jeff W.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2008-03-13 19:00 CDTUpdated:2015-10-30 18:06 CDT
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