Create an installable pkg file from an Aspera Connect dmg (version 3.0 - 3.6.0)


In some cases when deploying the Aspera Connect browser plug-in, it may be desirable to extract the pkg file directly from the applet to use for installation. Installations from the pkg file may avoid some issues that occur from installing with the applet. 


  • Product: Connect browser plug-in
  • Connect version: 3.0 to 3.6.0
  • Operating System: Mac OS X



First, at the command line, navigate to the directory containing the Aspera Connect dmg file. From this directory, run the following commands:

# open AsperaConnect-

# pkgutil --expand /Volumes/Aspera\ Connect\ Installer/Aspera\ Connect\ AsperaConnect.mpkg

# cp -r AsperaConnect.mpkg/Contents/Packages/asperaconnect.pkg .


The asperaconnect.pkg file should now exist in your current directory. This file can be used as a stand alone installer for Mac.


Note: Running the pkg file directly will install the Connect plug-in for all users (installed in /Applications).

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