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Apparency
Apparency
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Apparency

Version 1.4.1

Check what's inside an app.

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Apparency overview

Apparency - the app that opens apps.

macOS checks every app against a slew of security features: Gatekeeper, notarization, hardening, entitlements and more. But it doesn't show you the result of these checks, preferring to keep these behind the scenes — either the app opens or it doesn't, perhaps with an “app downloaded from the internet” dialog first.

Use Apparency for:
  • Examining the App Structure
  • Getting Information About a Component
    • General Information
    • Document Types and Other Info.plist Properties
    • Code Signature, Sandbox and Gatekeeper Info
  • Getting Details About a Component
    • Show the Code Signature
    • Show the Info Property List
    • Show the Entitlements
    • Show Executable Information
    • Show App Store Receipt
    • Show Provisioning Profile
  • Examining Components in Other Apps
  • Finding App Containers
    • Finding Shared App Group Containers
  • Using From Quick Look

What’s new in version 1.4.1

Updated on Aug 18 2022

  • Added File > Show Entitlements for All Executables (Command-Control-A) to show a single “merged” view of all entitlements across all components of an app. You can also select an entitlement and copy the identifying information for all components that request it, in a form that can be pasted directly into a PPPC Profile.
  • Tries harder to avoid showing “stale” component information — especially version strings — when an app has been recently updated. This was an issue with macOS caching of bundle information. The Quick Look preview was especially susceptible, since the lifetime of our app extension process is completely under the control of the Quick Look mechanism. We believe that stale info is less likely to appear now, but there may still be circumstances where Quick Look previews themselves are cached.
  • Make the Quick Look preview activate for more file kinds, including App Extensions (such as those for sharing, photo editing or widgets), Network Extensions, Endpoint Security Extensions and DriverKit Extensions. These are mostly only buried inside app bundles, but it can still be useful to Quick Look them from Suspicious Package.
  • Find components in Contents/Library/LaunchServices — these are usually “privileged helper tools,” which the app can install (with password authorization) via the ServiceManagement framework. If such a component has an embedded launchd plist — as is required by ServiceManagement — this can be viewed using Component > Show Launchd Configuration.
  • Find components in Contents/Applications as an additional de facto “code place”.
  • More standard Info.plist and entitlement keys are linked to Apple documentation, via Open Apple Documentation for Key button.
  • Recognize apps with TestFlight signatures as Apple-signed code, akin to App Store signing.
  • Addition of “appy” command-line tool, for quickly opening an item in Apparency from the Terminal. See Help > About the Command-Line Tool for installation instructions.

Information

License

Free

Size

4.3 MB

Downloads

55

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 10.15.0 or later
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