Script to rebrand Munki's Managed Software Center
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This is version 2 of munki_rebrand

It no longer requires Xcode to build a pkg. Instead it will either:

  • Download the latest release of munkitools from github, unpack it, rebrand it and repack it
  • Use or download a version of the munkitools pkg you specify with the -k or --pkg option. Therefore if you need a custom built pkg you can do this prior to running munki_rebrand, or you can download the automatic builds from

It also no longer requires the -l, --localized argument - instead it assumes that you will always want to rebrand all localizations (I don't see why you wouldn't really.)

munki_rebrand is a script to rebrand the Managed Software Center app from Greg Neagle's Munki. It allows you to give the app a different name in Finder (in all localized languages if required), modify its icon, and add an optional postinstall script to the installer pkg.


  • Apple Mac running OS X/macOS 10.11+
  • Python 2 (system Python is fine)


Please note: munki_rebrand must be run as root in order to successfully build the output pkg.

At its simplest you can use sudo ./ --appname "Amazing Software Center" to download the latest munkitools pkg from Github, and rename Managed Software Center to Amazing Software Center in the Finder in all localized versions of "Managed Software Center".

If you specify --pkg you can use either a pathname on disk to a prebuilt munkitools pkg or use an http/s URL to download one, which munki_rebrand will then attempt to rebrand.

The --icon-file option allows you to specify the path to an icon to replace the one in Managed Software Center. This can be an .icns file or a 1024x1024 .png file with alpha channel for transparency that will be converted on the fly. An example .png is included in the repo. The --postinstall option allows you to specify the path to an optional postinstall script that will be executed after munki installs. A postinstall script could be used, for instance, to set the client defaults outlined on the Munki wiki.

To specify the output filename of your custom pkg use --output-file. For example, if you set this to "Amazing_Software_Center" your output file will be renamed from something like munkitools-2.8.2553.pkg to Amazing_Software_Center-2.8.2553.pkg

The --sign-package allows you to have a rebranded munki package that is also natively signed. To use this option, your Developer Installer Certificate must be installed into the keychain. When using this option, you must specify the entire Common Name of the certificate. Example: "Developer ID Installer: Munki (U8PN57A5N2)"

For usage help please see sudo ./ --help


  • The app will still appear as Managed Software in the filesystem e.g. when viewed in Terminal. This is by design, in case the app is called or searched for by name by any other process. The changed name will only appear in Finder, the Dock, and the app's menu bar.
  • The pkg ids of* are also left unchanged for similar reasons.


  • Enable the splitting of the distribution pkg into its component pkgs so that the user can decide which to upgrade (perhaps they do not want to upgrade the launchd package if not necessary and can therefore avoid a reboot).
  • munkiimport the resulting pkg(s)?