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HOW TO: Install PGP Desktop for Mac OS X


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This article provides the requirements and steps to install PGP Desktop for Mac OS X.  For a video on how to install PGP Desktop, see the following article.

Before you begin the installation, verify that your system meets these minimum requirements:


System Requirements

The minimum system requirements to install PGP Desktop on your Mac OS X system are:

  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.x, 10.6.x, or 10.7.x (Intel)
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 64 MB hard disk space


Note: PGP Whole Disk Encryption (PGP WDE) is not compatible with any third-party software, other than Apple Boot Camp, that could bypass the PGP WDE protection on the Master Boot Record (MBR) and write to or modify the MBR. Boot Camp needs to modify MBR before installing the Windows OS and cannot be used on a Macintosh system that is already encrypted with PGP WDE.


Installing the Software

Note: You must have administrative rights on your system in order to install the update. The PGP Desktop installer walks you through the installation process.


  1. To install PGP Desktop on your Mac OS X system
  2. Quit all other applications.
  3. Mount the PGP DiskCopy image.
  4. Double-click PGP.pkg.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  6. If prompted to do so, restart your system.


Note: If you are in a domain protected by a PGP Universal Server, your PGP administrator may have preconfigured your PGP Desktop installer with specific features and/or settings. In addition, if your PGP administrator set up silent enrollment, your Windows domain password will be used for all passphrase requirements in PGP Desktop. If specified by policy, PGP Whole Disk Encryption may automatically start to encrypt your disk when your Windows password is entered.