macOS Security & Privacy Requirements (10.15 Catalina and higher)

PokerTracker 4 version 4.15.13
November 14, 2019
  • Introduction

    macOS 10.15 Catalina introduces additional security requirements which affect PokerTracker 4.
    These security permissions are required for proper import and Hud operation.

    In order to be able to import your hand histories as you play PokerTracker 4 needs access to the folders where these are saved - specifically the Documents and Downloads folders.

    For the Hud to be able to track the poker site windows and place a Hud on them PokerTracker 4 needs access to Screen Recording.

    Note: PokerTracker 4 does NOT actually record your screen - this permission is required in order to be able to locate the poker site table windows and overlay the Hud.

  • Enabling Security & Privacy Settings when first running PT4 on macOS

    When PokerTracker 4 is first run on macOS 10.15 Catalina (or higher) it will display the following message and then trigger the required Security & Privacy requests before closing down.

    Once you have enabled the required permissions please run PokerTracker 4 again.

    You will be asked to allow access to the Documents and Downloads folders, which sites use to store hand histories.  Please click OK for each of these.

    Following this you will be asked to allow Screen Recording.   (PokerTracker 4 DOES NOT actually record your screen - this permission is required in order to be able to locate the poker site table windows and overlay the Hud.)

    Please click Open System Preferences and enable the checkbox next to PokerTracker 4 in the Security & Privacy window when it opens.

    Once this is enabled launch PokerTracker 4 again.

  • If the Hud doesn't appear after updating PT4

    If the Hud does not appear after you update to a new PokerTracker 4 version on macOS 10.15 Catalina or or higher, you may need to re-enable the Screen Recording permission.

    To do this close PokerTracker 4 down and then open the System Preferences window on your Mac.
    Click on the Privacy tab.
    Select the Screen Recording option on the left.  (PokerTracker 4 DOES NOT actually record your screen - this permission is required in order to be able to locate the poker site table windows and overlay the Hud.)

    Disable the checkbox next to PokerTracker 4 and then enable it again.

    Restart PokerTracker 4.

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