Install Pro Tools 10 on Mac OS X Sierra

Pro Tools

Pro Tools 10

You are a producer or an amateur who bought pro tools 10, but then comes Apple and releases the most complete and technological Operating System that everyone wants for everything that it brings, updates and when you want to install your work tool Boooommmm, the following message comes out:


So, what can we do now?

This tutorial is for you, who suffered and thought that you had to go back a version of Operating System and lose all the good that brings the new OS X, including many features that optimize the operation of your work tool.

NOTE: This article was created in an educational way, the team of Ponte Geek assumes that the readers already bought the tool, it must be taken into account that although it can be installed under this guide, the Avid doesn’t provide the support to the tool, in case of some mistake.


The Pro Tools installer, like many other installers, brings a validation of Operating System, this happens because regularly the owners of the systems change drivers, lines of programming and others, this can generate that the tool not being compatible with some and change in the core of the system. The company doesn’t to work in a re-engineering, it is cheaper to create a new version compatible with the new system.

In this guide we will remove that validation, using tools provided by the Operating System in this case Mac OS X Sierra.

Let’s start…


  • Mac OS X Sierra
  • Pro Tools Installer


We create a folder somewhere on our disk, we call it “Installer” or whatever you like.

  1. We open the Pro Tools installer


2. We open the machine terminal in Applications / Utilities / Terminal.

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3. Once in the terminal we write the following command:

pkgutil --expand /Volumes/Pro\ Tools/Install\ Pro\ Tools.pkg SalidaPack


This should create a folder called OutputPack where all the Pro Tools modules will be.

4. Inside the folder, we look for the file “distribution” and we open it with the TextEdit of the Mac.

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5. Once the file opened we find the following lines:

function installationChecks()
    var resultRAM = installationCheckRAM();
    var resultOS = true;
    var resultPT = installationCheckPT();



And we changed the text:

var resultOS= volumeCheckLeopard();


var resultOS= true;

Once changed, save our file and proceed to create the installer again:

pkgutil --flatten SalidaPack/ InstallProTools.pkg


After the process is finished, in the folder we will have the installer file with the modifications created by us.


All ready, now lets try it, we run the installer:


Now install, test, and comment if it’s worth the validation skip, which Avid probably blocks for some reason, but if you can’t buy the update this tip can work.

If you want some help with other programs write us.


    • Hello Oziel! In fact, as I put in the article, the restrictions are there because they change the programming languages between system version and can turn into a error, as you could see I gave you already a error, to solve it I would install a virtual machine in virtualbox and I install the version that supports Pro Tools. But the goal of the article is to learn to skip this restriction because it’s not only for pro Tools but for other programs.

  1. Hi, Thank you for posting this!
    After many tries, the only thing I get after creating the Installer folder and typing
    cd installer
    pkgutil –expand /Volumes/Pro\ Tools/Install\ Pro\ Tools.pkg


    error: ‘pkgutil –expand’ requires two arguments
    Usage: pkgutil [OPTIONS] [COMMANDS] …
    and the list of commands.

    The Installer folder is well created, I think I missed something
    Thanks for your help


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