Code Signing for Mac OS


GlobalSign Code Signing Certificates for Apple Mac OS are used to digitally sign software, applications, plug-ins, and content for Mac OS desktops. Code signing technology was introduced by Apple for Mac OS 9 onwards.

GlobalSign Code Signing Certificates can be used with the following systems: Parental controls (MCX), Keychain Access Controls, Developer Tools Access (DTA), App Sandbox, and Application Firewall.

In order to sign applications to distribute through the app store, or to pass through Mac OS Gatekeeper, you must use an Apple Developer ID Certificate.

Features & Benefits

Signature does not expire due to timestamping service, even after the certificate expires
Sign an unlimited number of apps
Protect your brand and reputation
Choose the private key storage option that works best for you - a GlobalSign-provided cryptographic token, your own HSM, or Azure Key Vault

Standard Code Signing Certificates Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing Certificates
Certificate Features
Information displayed in Certificate Organization Name Organization Name
Organization address
Type of Organization
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Signature does not expire when Time Stamping is applied Time stamping available and recommend Time stamping available and recommend
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Compatible with major platforms (Authenticode, Office VBA, Java, Adobe AIR, Mac OS, Mozilla) icon-checkmark.png icon-checkmark.png
Key storage options - Cryptographic USB token (included)^
- HSM*
- Azure Key Vault
- Cryptographic USB token (included)^
- HSM*
- Azure Key Vault
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*GlobalSign allows standard and EV Code Signing Certificates to be installed on customer HSMs or in Azure Key Vault. Contact us for more information about these deployment options.
^USB token not included in HSM or Key Vault deployments.