Installing Pro Tools 10 on macOS Sierra (the right way)

Installing Pro Tools 10 on macOS Sierra without the need of altering the SystemVersion.plist or disabling the System Integrity Protection. This also works on any other OS X version since we’re altering the Installer. Not the System.

If you have a question, please read the linked article first as it may answer it. It is a complete and detailed writeup which can be found here:


You will do the described steps at your own risk. I am not to be held accountable for any damage you cause to your system. And if you are following this guide correctly, there is no way any damage can occur. I do not endorse hacking applications but since the check that prevents installing Pro Tools 10 on newer systems is mostly arbitrary and the program costs a lot of money the steps described are reasonable.

Following a guide from start to finish before executing the commands is always a good idea and also: even if you can now successfully install Pro Tools 10 on your system, it is still not supported by Avid and may crash regularly, have other bugs or not run at all.

31 thoughts on “Installing Pro Tools 10 on macOS Sierra (the right way)

  1. Greetings, brother, excellent explanation .. Install the program following your steps and installed everything well, after restart and at the time of running, I get a message and will not let me open it: "Pro tools can not open due to a problem" Me It says it is not compatible with the macOS version .. how is it done in that case?

  2. Thanks, but i hace this error:

    Process: Pro Tools [613]
    Path: /Applications/Avid/*/Pro Tools
    Identifier: com.digidesign.ProTools
    Version: ???
    Code Type: X86 (Native)
    Parent Process: ??? [1]
    Responsible: Pro Tools [613]
    User ID: 501

    Date/Time: 2017-02-14 22:56:48.761 -0600
    OS Version: Mac OS X 10.12.3 (16D32)
    Report Version: 12
    Anonymous UUID: D8AC3340-314D-34FE-8B47-879C6033F710

    Time Awake Since Boot: 250 seconds

    System Integrity Protection: disabled

    Crashed Thread: 0

    Exception Type: EXC_CRASH (SIGABRT)
    Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000
    Exception Note: EXC_CORPSE_NOTIFY

    Termination Reason: DYLD, [0x9] <unknown>

    Application Specific Information:
    dyld: launch, loading dependent libraries

    Dyld Error Message:
    malformed mach-o image: dylib load command #27 string extends beyond end of load command

    Binary Images:
    0x190000 – 0x1c9cb7 dyld (421.2) <B3CA3853-74FA-31A2-AFB3-B0C499268064> /usr/lib/dyld

  3. Anyone get this working on Sierra?.. it installed just fine.. just comes up with an OS compatibility error on start up.

  4. This method is still working for me on macOS Sierra 12.3. If you're experiencing problems, please try to follow the more detailed instructions in the blog post linked in the description. (e.g. You're not supposed to write the '$' sign before your commands.) Good Luck!

  5. Hi and thanks for the video, I could install the pro tools without problems thanks to your video, but after restart, start Pro Tools and I get a window that says that the version is not copatable. Is there any solution?

  6. Thank You! I got it to install, but all the dropdown menus within pro tools are blank until I scroll my mouse over them. Is there a way to fix this, or is it something I have to live with? please let me know, thanks!

  7. it's always appeared " Error encountered while creating package. Error 17: File exists "
    and about mkdir installer after i click Enter it show " mkdir: installer: File exists"
    can u help me about this ? Thx

  8. AftER i DRAG AND DROP THE INSTALLER PACKAGE FOR THE PRO TOOLS its says permission denied in my terminal….do you know why?

  9. Hi, I followed every step carefully. But when I go in my applications folder –> Avid –> Pro Tools, I see every file in there except the Pro Tools app. Please let me know what I should do. Thanks.

  10. Hi my friend. Thanks for the tutorial. I have installed Pro tools. I used your .dmg (I found it in the commentaries). But when i try to start Pro tools, the program ask me the ilok. any idea? "Error, missing iLok authorization for "Pro Tools 10". Please insert the necessary iLok and restart Pro Tools".

  11. These instructions have me lost. Cannot find where you can get to command prompt. You are missing steps. People like me who are new to MAC have not idea hoe you got to command prompt

  12. Hello! friend
    Because I am Korean, I can hardly read and write letters you wrote in 'Terminal'! Could you give me the installation instructions and the steps in English letters? I really appreciate it. And thanks! It was a good video! Thanks

  13. after following the right steps
    i got this error message
    "Pro Tools cannot be opened because of a problem."
    Check with the developer to make sure Pro Tools works with this version of macOS. You may need to reinstall the application. Be sure to install any available updates for the application and macOS.

    Click Report to see more detailed information and send a report to Apple.

  14. Do we HAVE to do this using commands? Can't we pick "Show Package Contents" when right-clicking on a specific folder to get to all the same windows?

  15. Thanks, works like a charm.When I opened it up, it asked if I wanted to updates. I feel like that would be a bad thing. Has anyone done this?

  16. Hey there… thank you! i was able to install but i have a question do i need the ilok to just open it or for license purposes?

  17. How are you my friend?
    I have the same version of Sierra and pro tools 10.3.10, have you paid for your pro tools o is a cracked one?

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