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Installing Atlassian SDK on macOS Edited

Are there any pointers on how to install Atlassian SDK on macOS Catalina?

Whenever I try to do so I get the following error message from install4j installer: 

You must be logged in as a root user when installing this program

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Hello Igor,

Thank you for raising this. I'm getting the same error as you.

I'm checking with the team, but I was able to install the SDK using the Homebrew instructions for Linux:

If you don't have Homebrew installed, you can follow the instructions on

Can you give that a try and let me know if it works?



Hi Shannon,

I'm not a Homebrew user and installed SDK manually, but I would prefer to install it from the package.

It should be a matter of configuration according to install4j documentation if I understand it correctly (see p. 98):


No worries! I reported it to the team, and have logged it as a bug below:

  • ATLASSDK-190 Atlassian Plugin SDK Installer returns "must be logged in as root" error on macOS Catalina (10.15)

You should be able to view it as well, so please confirm with me. If you vote or watch the case, you'll receive updates once it's resolved.

Take care!



Like Ivan Lima likes this

hi Atlassian team,

just verified that the ticket referenced above was closed with a reference to the Homebrew installer. You might want to update the Atlassian SDK Developer documentation accordingly:

Kind regards,


Would it be possible to fix the problem? I am not allowed to have Homebrew(don't ask). Another alternative would be to give explicit, step by step, directions to install it manually.

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