Is it possible to create an AppleScript app that will run only on a system logged in to a specific Apple ID? In other words, if I’m commissioned to write a script by someone with an Apple ID email@example.com, can I create an app that will run only on a system in which that ID is active?
You could check for the current user’s name in your script, for instance. Eg. by calling the Terminal command: echo $USER
There may be similar commands to query the currently logged-in iCloud user. Try to google that.
However, anyone could easily modify your script and remove this check by opening it in Script Editor.
I know of no more secure method, sorry.
Thank you, Thomas. I haven’t found a command to query the currently logged-in iCloud user, but it may exist. If it does, then it should be possible to save a script as run-only so that a user couldn’t modify it.
This isn’t urgent, but I hope it might be useful if it’s possible.
A user named grg at StackOverflow answered this question. The command needed is:
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “print :Accounts:0:AccountID” ~/Library/Preferences/MobileMeAccounts.plist
If you test the result of this against a specific iCloud account string (everything to the left of the at-sign, because the domain can be iCloud.com or Mac.com or Me.com), and export the script as read-only, then you can create a script that will run only for the user with the current iCloud account.