Emulator Issues #12105

macOS/Qt: [Regression] Running Dolphin from the Finder broken since 5.0-11807

Added by Pizuz 12 months ago. Updated 12 months ago.

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Game Name?

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Game ID? (right click the game in the game list, Properties, Info tab)

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MD5 Hash? (right click the game in the game list, Properties, Verify tab, Verify Integrity button)

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What's the problem? Describe what went wrong.

Running a freshly downloaded build of Dolphin by double-clicking the app doesn't work. However, running it once from the terminal fixes this. Afterwards Dolphin can be normally executed from the Finder.

What steps will reproduce the problem?

Just try to run Dolphin without having executed it before from the command line. Note that you need to have downloaded it from the Website. If you used the Dolphin Updater to update it from a previous version, this issue won't trigger.

Is the issue present in the latest development version? For future reference, please also write down the version number of the latest development version.

Yes. 5.0-12051

Is the issue present in the latest stable version?


If the issue isn't present in the latest stable version, which is the first broken version? (You can find the first broken version by bisecting. Windows users can use the tool and anyone who is building Dolphin on their own can use git bisect.)

5.0-11807 (PR 8683 - Parse arguments before Qt)

If your issue is a graphical issue, please attach screenshots and record a three frame fifolog of the issue if possible. Screenshots showing what it is supposed to look like from either console or older builds of Dolphin will help too. For more information on how to use the fifoplayer, please check here:

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What are your PC specifications? (CPU, GPU, Operating System, more)

iMac late 2012
macOS Catalina 10.15.4
nVidia GeForce GT 750M
3,1 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7

Is there anything else that can help developers narrow down the issue? (e.g. logs, screenshots,
configuration files, savefiles, savestates)

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#1 Updated by balrog 12 months ago

Apple nowadays requires signing and notarization of apps to avoid these warnings.

A temporary workaround:

Open Terminal

Run the following commands, replacing the paths to the .apps

sudo xattr -r -d /path/to/
sudo xattr -r -d /path/to/Dolphin\

#2 Updated by balrog 12 months ago

Additionally, testing with 5.0-11805 indicates that this is probably due to an Apple change tightening up security.

There is information on how to set up CI to notarize apps here:

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