MacOS 10.15 Catalina Software Support


MacOS 10.15 Catalina was released on Monday, October 7. This new release adds a large number of new features, improvements in usability, and new security measures. It also brings some major changes in application requirements .

MacOS Catalina requires that all software installed be 64-bit. Older 32-bit applications, while supported in the past, will no longer run in Catalina.

Verify Installed Applications

Before upgrading to MacOS Catalina, if you are currently running MacOS 10.14, you can verify what software won't run when you decide to upgrade to Catalina. 

  • Click on the in the menu bar
  • Click "About this Mac"
  • Under the "Overview" tab, click on System Report...
  • On the System Report, in the left pane, scroll down to the "Software" heading and select "Legacy Software".
  • Everything listed in the right-hand pane will no longer run when you upgrade to MacOS Catalina.

Application List

Information Technology staff have been looking into many of the more commonly used applications and is compiling a list of applications that are supported by IT and what versions the application must be running in order for it to work in Catalina.

Application Name Version Supported in Catalina Additional Notes
Cisco AnyConnect 4.8 The currently deployed version of Cisco AnyConnect on campus is NOT compatible with Catalina. If you rely on VPN access to campus, we recommend not upgrading until a new version is available.
SCEP NA System Center Endpoint Protection for Mac (older antivirus) is not supported in Catalina and will not be. Alternative antivirus applications have already been installed on most Bowdoin-issued computers
Sassafras KeyClient   IT is looking into obtaining the latest version of KeyAccess supported for Catalina. It will be automatically upgraded when available.



Article ID: 89252
Mon 10/14/19 10:51 AM
Fri 3/6/20 11:41 AM
Platform Environment (OS)
MacOS Catalina