Apple Code Signing Certificates

Apple Code Signing Certificates allow you to sign all kinds of Mac OS X software and updates. When you sign your code using an OS X Code Signing Certificate, your users will know that it comes from a trusted source (you) and that it hasn’t been tampered with since you signed it. This means that your users won’t see a warning message after each new version of your application is installed asking them to allow or deny the application access to the keychain:

By using an Apple Code Signing Certificate to sign your software you:

  • Prove your identity to your users so they are more likely to trust it
  • Ensure that the software can’t be modified afterwards
  • Show your users that the software is safe to download and install
  • Protect your brand
  • Avoid annoying confirmation dialogs

Because Apple Code Signing Certificates need to be issued by a trusted certificate authority, you will need to purchase one from one of the providers listed below. Use the comparison chart below to find out which Apple OS X Code Signing Certificate will meet your needs the best and provide the greatest value. You can compare prices, compatibility, provider reviews and ratings, support, and other features. After clicking the Buy Now button, make sure to select Apple Mac OS X as the certificate type so that the provider generates the certificate in the appropriate format. To learn more about code signing, read What is Code Signing? or Procedures for signing a Mac OS X Application.

Certificate Name DigiCert's Code Signing Symantec's Code Signing Certificate GoDaddy's Code Signing Certificate Thawte's Code Signing Certificate
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Certificate Authority
DigiCert

Symantec

GoDaddy

Thawte
Certificate Authority Rating
From 1373 reviews
From 39 reviews
From 124 reviews
From 79 reviews
Price For 1 Year
$223
$499
$199
$299

Supports Windows Authenticode Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Apple OS X Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Microsoft Office VBA Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Sun Java Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Adobe Air Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Windows Vista x64 Kernel Mode Signing
Yes Yes No No
Multiple Year Options Up to 3 Years Up to 3 Years Up to 3 Years Up to 2 Years
Issuance Speed Within 1 day after all documentation is received 2-4 business days 1 business day 2-4 Business days
Validation Required Organization Validation Organization Validation Organization Validation Organization Validation
Number of Free Reissues Allowed Unlimited until expired Unlimited for 30 days Unlimited until expired Unlimited until expired
Support Options Free Chat, Phone and E-mail, Monday-Thursday 24 hrs., Friday 12 am-7 pm, Saturday 7 am-3 pm MST Free Chat, Phone and E-mail, Monday-Friday 5AM-6PM PST, Multi-lingual Free Phone and Email, 24x7 Free Chat, Phone and E-mail, 24/5, Multi-lingual
Refund Policy Full refund within 30 days of issuance Full refund within 30 days of issuance Full refund - $15 within 30 days of issuance. No refund after 30 days. Full refund within 30 days of issuance
Warranty $0 $0 $0 $0
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