Live asks for authorization at every launch (Mac: Single-user environment)

  • Live Versions: 9.1 and later
  • Operating System: Mac 10.13 and later

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If Live asks for authorization every time it launches, follow these instructions: 

  1. Open this hidden folder:
    /Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/Live x.x.x*/ *x.x.x is the current Live version.
    Note: Here's how to access hidden folders on Mac.
  2. Open the Options.txt file (if it exists)
  3. Find the line which reads -ChallengeMethod=2.
  4. Change that line to -ChallengeMethod=3
  5. If there is no existing Options.txt file, then create one instead and add the options entry from step 3.
  6. Save the Options.txt file.
  7. Launch Live.

You'll need to authorize one last time, and then it should not ask again at the next launch.

Note: If you have installed Live in a multi-user environment, follow these instructions instead.