Exploring and Modifying Electron Apps on macOS
In my previous job, I was building a side-car app using Electron. I occasionally found myself needing to debug a packaged production app and this post is just a few commands I that have been helpful to me.
Unpack and Repack ASAR archives: Electron apps often store their resources in ASAR files, which are simple archives. You can easily extract/modify/repack the contents using the asar package.
npm i -g asar asar extract app.asar destfolder asar pack sourcefolder app.asar
Allow modified signed package to run: If you’ve modified a signed Electron app macOS Gatekeeper will prevent you from running it, displaying a “Damaged app” dialog. To bypass this restriction and skip the Gatekeeper checks, you can strip the quarantine attribute like this:
xattr -r -d com.apple.quarantine /path/to/xyz.app