Installation and support for Mac OS

Install and use your 3SKey token on a MAC


Support for MAC OS

The use of 3SKey tokens has been qualified on MAC OS. The support is limited to using 3SKey tokens on a MAC for signing transactions. The token management - including the activation - on the 3SKey portal has only been qualified on PC.

When your token has been activated and the software has been installed on your MAC please liaise with the support of your signing application for instructions and support on using their application on a MAC. Providers of signature applications and portals can reach out to their regular support for questions about the Safenet Authentication Client or SConnect on MAC.


Please accept the terms and conditions and refer to the installation steps below.

The provision and use of the 3SKey solution are governed by the 3SKey Terms and Conditions. Always refer to the latest available version on SWIFT Contracts.
For more information about the features and functions of the 3SKey solution, and your roles and responsibilities as a 3SKey user or 3SKey subscriber or those of SWIFT as the provider of the 3SKey solution, regularly check the latest available version of the 3SKey Service Description on Documentation.

Important: the provision and use of 3SKey tokens are subject to United States export restrictions and other sanction programmes. Persons located in or from Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Sudan or Syria, and persons identified on US government or EU "denied party" or the "Specifically Designated Nationals" lists, are not permitted to possess or use 3SKey tokens.

  Click here to accept the 3SKey Terms and Conditions referred to above.
By accepting, you also represent and warrant to SWIFT that you are not subject to any of the export restrictions and other sanction programmes that would prohibit your possession or use of the 3SKey tokens.

Click the button below to download the installer for Safenet Authentication Client 10.8.66. If SConnect is also required it will be installed from your signature portal.

Note : The driver for MAC is supported on the following operating systems:

  • MAC OS 14 (Sonoma)
    Note: the minimum recommended version is MAC OS 14.1 as it contains the CCID drivers. Version 14.0 requires to install the CCID drivers 1.5.2 separately.
  • MAC OS 13 (Ventura)
  • MAC OS 12 (Monterey)
  • MAC OS 11.4 (Big Sur) and higher

When you start your MAC with a new 3SKey token inserted you may be prompted to pair the smart card with your user account. Click Cancel so that the 3SKey token is not paired to your MAC user account.


How to verify that the certificate is detected on your MAC

Verify that the token and certificate are visible in the Safenet software

When the Safenet software has been installed on the MAC you can plug your token and verify that the certificate is detected properly:

  1. Click the Safenet Authentication client icon to open the menu. The icon is located in the top-right corner of your monitor when a token is inserted.
  2. Select Tools menu
  3. Click the icon to access the Advanced Settings
  4. Under SWIFT_PDI open User Certificates. The 3Skey certificate appears. If it is activated, it is valid for 3 years.
  5. You can also test the token password by clicking the Safenet Authentication client icon then Certificate Information, and click the Logon button at the bottom left of the new window.

Verify that the MAC and other applications detect the token certificate

With MAC 10.15 and above, the certificate is not visible in the Keychain Access. You can confirm the detection of the token and certificate in the MAC operating system using the following commands in a Terminal:

security list-smartcards
sc_auth identities

Browser and signing application

Please contact the support of your signing application or portal for further instructions on how to use the token and details on the prerequisites (browser, sconnect, java...). When you insert the token the certificate is automatically available in Safari or Google Chrome. With Mozilla Firefox, you must install the security module as instructed below.

Note : If your signing portal uses SConnect and you are using a MAC, be sure to install SConnect from your signing portal's website. The SConnect version installed from the 3SKey website or portal is not compatible with MAC. 

Installing the Firefox Security Module

  1. In Firefox select Preferences > Privacy & Security.
  2. Under Certificates click Security Devices.
  3. Click Load.
    The Load PKCS#11 Device window opens.
  4. In the Module Filename field enter the following string:
    The Confirm window opens.
  5. Click OK.
    The new security module is installed.

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