Install Elastic Endpoint manually on macOS Ventura and higher

Manually install and deploy Elastic Endpoint on macOS Ventura and higher.

To properly install and configure Elastic Endpoint manually without a Mobile Device Management (MDM) profile, there are additional permissions that must be enabled on the endpoint before Elastic Endpoint can be fully functional:


The following permissions that need to be enabled are required after you configure and install the Elastic Defend integration, which includes enrolling the Elastic Agent.

Approve the system extension for Elastic Endpoint

For macOS Ventura (13.0) and later, Elastic Endpoint will attempt to load a system extension during installation. This system extension must be loaded in order to provide insight into system events such as process events, file system events, and network events.

The following message appears during installation:

  1. Click Open System Settings.

  2. In the left pane, click Privacy & Security.

  3. On the right pane, scroll down to the Security section. Click Allow to allow the ElasticEndpoint system extension to load.

  4. Enter your username and password and click Modify Settings to save your changes.

Approve network content filtering for Elastic Endpoint

After successfully loading the ElasticEndpoint system extension, an additional message appears, asking to allow Elastic Endpoint to filter network content.

Click Allow to enable content filtering for the ElasticEndpoint system extension. Without this approval, Elastic Endpoint cannot receive network events and, therefore, cannot enable network-related features such as host isolation.

Enable Full Disk Access for Elastic Endpoint

Elastic Endpoint requires Full Disk Access to subscribe to system events via the Elastic Defend framework and to protect your network from malware and other cybersecurity threats. Full Disk Access permissions is a privacy feature introduced in macOS Mojave (10.14) that prevents some applications from accessing your data.

If you have not granted Full Disk Access, the following notification prompt will appear.

To enable Full Disk Access, you must manually approve Elastic Endpoint.


The following instructions apply only to Elastic Endpoint version 8.0.0 and later. To see Full Disk Access requirements for the Endgame sensor, refer to Enable Full Disk Access for the Endgame sensor.

  1. Open the System Settings application.

  2. In the left pane, select Privacy & Security.

  3. From the right pane, select Full Disk Access.

  4. Enable ElasticEndpoint and co.elastic to properly enable Full Disk Access.

If the endpoint is running Elastic Endpoint version 7.17.0 or earlier:

  1. Click the + button to view Finder.

  2. The system may prompt you to enter your username and password if you haven't already.

  3. Navigate to /Library/Elastic/Endpoint, then select the elastic-endpoint file.

  4. Click Open.

  5. In the Privacy tab, confirm that ElasticEndpoint and co.elastic.systemextension are selected to properly enable Full Disk Access.

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