Getting JabRef to install on OS X Lion

One useful package for LaTeX users is JabRef. However, it refuses to install on OS X Mountain Lion saying that the package is “broken” and must be trashed.

This is bollocks.

The reason for the failure is GateKeeper, Apple’s new obnoxious tool that tries to control what apps you can or can’t download onto your Mac.

The fix is easy: go into System Preferences –> Security & Privacy –> GateKeeper.

Where GateKeeper is hiding: in System Preferences first tab

Set the radio button to “Anywhere”. You can restore the default setting after you’ve finished using JabRef, if you want to.

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