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How to install the Sophos Central Endpoint (macOS)

In this article, we will show you how to install Sophos Central Endpoint Protection on your Mac.

Important: Unlike Intercept X, the Sophos Central Endpoint cannot be installed in parallel to other third-party anti-virus products such as Symantec, Kaspersky, Intego, Bitdefender, Trend Micro and others. It is therefore essential to uninstall the existing antivirus before installing the Sophos Central Endpoint.


  • macOS 10.9+
  • Sophos Central Account
  • Admin rights on the Mac
  • No other virus protection installed
  • Internet connection

How to install the Sophos Endpoint Protection

1. Sign in to your Sophos Central account

Log in to the Sophos Central Admin at https://central.sophos.com

2. Download the installer

Click in the Sidebar on the menu item Protect Devices. In the category Endpoint Protection, you will find the complete Endpoint Installer called Download Complete macOS Installer. Since you don’t want to install the whole package now, but only the Endpoint Protection, click on Choose Components... below. Make sure that you only checked the Endpoint Protection and then click on Download Installer.

Sophos Central Endpoint Protection macOS Download

Important: The complete macOS installer includes Endpoint Protection and Intercept X. If you only want to install Endpoint Protection, or just Intercept X, click on Choose Components....

3. Run the installer

Next, you can now start the setup of Sophos Central Endpoint. An internet connection is required.

Important: Make sure that there is absolutely no other antivirus installed on your Mac before you run the Sophos Endpoint Protection setup.

4. Check installation

If the installation has worked, the computer is now protected and listed in Sophos Central. To check this, you can click on the menu item Endpoint Protection in the Sidebar and select Computer.

Important: You must never simply delete computers in Sophos Central until the software has been uninstalled on your Mac. The software is protected by Tamper Protection (manipulation protection). To remove this protection, it is essential to link to Sophos Central.

5. Assign license to correct user

If there is already a user in Sophos Central for this Mac account where the endpoint has been installed, you can now assign the license to that user. To find out how to do this, see this page.

Install Endpoint Protection with Intercept X

If you want to install the Endpoint Protection including Intercept X, you can click on Download Complete macOS Installer right now.