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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 /path/to/

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