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Deploying the Tanium Client to macOS endpoints

The Taniumâ„¢ Client is installed as a system service. The Tanium Client files are installed by default in the /Library/Tanium/TaniumClient directory. On macOS, the service is signed to allow communication through the default macOS firewall automatically.

For Tanium Client 7.2 or 6.0, you can use the Tanium Client Deployment Tool (CDT) as described in the following procedures to generate an ISO file that contains the Tanium public key file and Tanium Client configuration settings to support manual installation.

Create a TaniumClient.ini file

The Tanium Client installer can use a TaniumClient.ini file to generate an equivalent configuration in the configuration database for Tanium Client 7.2. Create a TaniumClient.ini file that has at least the Tanium Server name or ServerNameList values. You can also specify the LogVerbosityLevel or ReportingTLSMode settings, as in the following example:


If you use the CDT to generate an ISO for a Tanium Client 6.0, include the Version setting. For example, Version=6.0.314.1579. Tanium Client 7.2 does not require explicitly setting the version.

Create the Tanium Client ISO package

  1. Open the CDT and select Clients > Generate Archive.
  2. Set the Platform to osx.
  3. Click Add and select the TaniumClient.ini file. The file is included automatically.
  4. Click OK and then save the ISO file.

Execute the Tanium Client installer

To install the Tanium Client, you must install the package file as an Administrator. The .pkg, .pub, and .ini files must be in the same directory (as they are in the .iso file).

If you encounter issues when deploying the Tanium Client, examine the Tanium Client installation log (see Tanium Client installation log).

Wizard installation

  1. Copy the .iso file to a location on the target endpoint.
  2. Double-click the .iso file to display its contents.
  3. Double-click the .pkg file to open it with the default application for its type (Installer). The installation wizard then opens.
  4. Complete the wizard. When prompted, you must provide a local administrator username and password.

Command-line installation

  1. Copy the .iso file to a location on the target endpoint.
  2. Mount the .iso file so you can execute the contents therein.
  3. Use the installer command to install the package (root or sudo permissions required).

    The following example shows the command-line sequence:

    test-docs$ hdiutil mount Tanium_OSX.iso

    test-docs$ cd /Volumes/Tanium_OSX/

    test-docs$ ls

    test-docs$ sudo installer -pkg TaniumClient-7.2.314.3608.pkg -target /
    installer: Package name is TaniumClient-7.2.314.3518
    installer: Installing at base path /
    installer: The install was successful.

  4. Configure basic Tanium Client settings (for details, see Tanium Client settings).
    ServerName or ServerNameListTanium Server FQDN or IP address.

    The following decimal values are best practices for specific use cases:

    • 0: Disable logging. This is the best practice value for clients installed on sensitive endpoints or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) endpoints.
    • 1: This is the best practice value during normal operation.
    • 41: This is the best practice value during troubleshooting.
    • 91 or higher: Enable the most detailed log levels for short periods of time only.
    Version(Tanium Client 6.0 only) The Tanium Client version number.

    The steps to configure the settings depend on the Tanium Client version:

    • Tanium Client 6.0: Edit the /Library/Tanium/TaniumClient/TaniumClient.ini file. The following is an example of the file contents:
    • Version=6.0.314.1579, LogVerbosityLevel=1
    • Tanium Client 7.2: Issue the following CLI commands (for details, see Non-Windows). For version 7.2, you do not have to configure the version.
    • cmd-prompt> cd <Tanium Client>
      cmd-prompt> sudo ./TaniumClient config set ServerNameList, cmd-prompt> sudo ./TaniumClient config set LogVerbosityLevel 1

Manage popups for Tanium Client upgrades

When you upgrade the Tanium Client on endpoints that have a firewall turned on and that run macOS 10.14 (Mojave) or later, end users might see a pop-up prompting them to allow connections for the Tanium Client. The pop-up results from a rule that Apple added to improve user privacy by restricting third-party applications. To prevent the pop-up, instead of training users to respond to it, either configure a firewall rule (best practice) or configure the System Preferences on the endpoints. To perform the task as a batch for multiple endpoints, configure a policy or profile through a User Approved Mobile Device Management (UAMDM) tool. If you need help ensuring that your environment is ready before the Tanium Client upgrade, consult your Tanium Technical Account Manager (TAM).

Configure an MDM policy or profile for multiple endpoints

When you configure a firewall rule or System Preferences through a policy or profile, the specific steps depend on your UAMDM. Consult your TAM for the procedure. The general steps are as follows:

  1. Create the policy or profile.
  2. Add a firewall or security setting to the policy or profile.
  3. Add com.tanium.taniumclient.plist to the allowed connections.

Users cannot see that the Tanium Client is whitelisted in the firewall unless you provide those users access to the Tanium Client installation folder.

Configure a firewall rule on a single endpoint

For security, configuring a firewall rule to prevent the connections pop-up is preferable to configuring the System Preferences. However, only endpoints running macOS 10.14.4 or later support this method. You require read-only access to the /Library/Tanium/TaniumClient folder to perform this task.

  1. Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy.
  2. Unlock the settings: Click Unlock Unlock, enter administrator credentials, and click Unlock.
  3. Add a firewall rule: Click Firewall Options, click Add +, navigate to the /Library/Tanium/TaniumClient/ folder, select taniumclient, and click Add.
  4. Click OK to apply the rule.

Configure the System Preferences on a single endpoint

All endpoints that run macOS 10.14.x support this method for preventing the connections pop-up.

  1. Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy.
  2. Unlock the settings: Click Unlock Unlock, enter administrator credentials, and click Unlock.
  3. Click Firewall Options, select Automatically allow downloaded signed software to receive incoming connections, and click OK.

Manage the Tanium Client service on macOS

Use the launchctl command to manage the Tanium Client service.

To start the Tanium Client service:

sudo launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.tanium.taniumclient.plist

To stop the Tanium Client service:

sudo launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.tanium.taniumclient.plist

To remove the Tanium Client from the launch list:

sudo launchctl remove com.tanium.taniumclient

Uninstall the Tanium Client on macOS

The following launchctl remove command stops the Tanium Client and removes it from the launch list:

sudo launchctl remove com.tanium.taniumclient

To finish uninstalling the Tanium Client, remove the following file resources.

.plist file /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.tanium.taniumclient.plist
Tanium Client folder /Library/Tanium/TaniumClient/

To uninstall the Tanium Client silently from a command line, you can use a simple shell script such as the following:

if [[ $(/usr/bin/id -u) -ne 0 ]]; then
     echo "Not running as root or using sudo"
launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.tanium.taniumclient.plist
launchctl remove com.tanium.taniumclient > /dev/null 2>&1
rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.tanium.taniumclient.plist
rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.tanium.trace.recorder.plist
rm -rf /Library/Tanium/
rm /var/db/receipts/
rm /var/db/receipts/com.tanium.taniumclient.TaniumClient.pkg.plist