ArchiCAD 17 fails to install on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

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Published on April 3rd 2018 - Listed in Macintosh Personal


When I tried to install ArchiCAD 17 on a Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), the setup wheel just turned and turned, but nothing ever happened (even after 20 minutes of waiting). No error, no warning, nothing.

I tried to run the setup several times, with reboots in between, but always with the same problem. 

Eventually I checked the system logs (/var/log/system.log) and found the reason:

Apr  3 12:00:57 CAD-STATION-2.local ArchiCAD Installer[234]: OS X 10.7.3 or higher was found
Apr  3 12:00:57 CAD-STATION-2.local ArchiCAD Installer[234]: Suitable Java was not fount, need to install it
Apr  3 12:00:57 CAD-STATION-2.local ArchiCAD Installer[234]: JVM folder was found
Apr  3 12:01:02 CAD-STATION-2.local ArchiCAD Installer[234]: Java 7 Update 13.pkg installation has failed with error code 1: installer: Package name is Java 7 Update 13
    installer: Certificate used to sign package is not trusted. Use -allowUntrusted to override.

Obviously the setup needs an already installed Java on the machine. The setup DMG (or CD) contains a subfolder called "Java" with a pkg file in it. I executed it manually and I got a certificate warning, the same as I saw in the log. But when doing the installation manually, I was able to click on "trust certificate" and continu:

Java Install on Mac OS 10.9 Certificate expired 

After this I was able to launch the ArchiCAD installer again. This time it worked:

Apr  3 12:10:08 CAD-STATION-2.local ArchiCAD Installer[277]: OS X 10.7.3 or higher was found
Apr  3 12:10:08 CAD-STATION-2.local ArchiCAD Installer[277]: ArchiCAD Installer has lauched with java: /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Home/bin/java

Note: Yes, I'm well aware of the outdated versions (both ArchiCAD and Mac OS X). But for compatibility reasons these versions are mandatory.


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