Have you installed countless apps on your Mac, some of which you've completely forgotten? You can take stock and in a few moments keep a reference list of all programs on your system.
Let's look at different ways you can make a list of the applications installed on your Mac.
Why should I want a list of installed apps?
There are several reasons why it's a good idea to list your apps:
Here's how to view the installed apps on your Mac.
1. List all apps with Finder and TextEdit
All apps that come with a new Mac, as well as apps that you've installed from both the App Store and most package managers, are in the Applications folder.
With Finder and TextEdit, you can easily create a list of all apps in the "Applications" folder. First open the Finder and press Command + Shift + A. to jump to the application folder.
If you are not currently viewing the contents of the application folder as a list, press Cmd + 2 or go to View> as a list.
Some apps are in subfolders in the Applications folder. To view apps in subfolders, expand the folders you want to include by clicking the triangle icon to the left of the folder.
When you have expanded all the folders you want, click Cmd + A. to select all items in the Applications folder. Then press Cmd + C. to copy the list.
Open a new document in TextEdit. Then go to Edit> Insert and customize styleor hit Command + Option + Shift + V.
All apps in the Finder's application folder, including apps in expanded folders, are added to the TextEdit file as a list. Some of the files in the subfolders may not be apps. You can scroll through the list and delete all files that don't end in .app.
Beat Cmd + S. to either save this file as TXT or RTF File. You should copy this file to an external or network drive so that it is available even if you cannot access your current computer.
2. List all apps that use the terminal
On a Mac, you can also list all installed applications via the terminal. Start a terminal window (from Applications> Utilities or with Spotlight search with Cmd + Space) and enter the following command at the command prompt:
ls -la / Applications /> /Users/(USERNAME)/InstalledApps/InstalledAppsTerminal.txt
This creates a detailed directory list of the application folder and writes it to a text file under the specified path. Make sure to replace (USERNAME) If you want, you can change the path and file name.
The -la Attributes instructs the system to display a detailed list of all files in the folder (-l), including hidden files (-a). This provides a more detailed list than the Finder and TextEdit methods described in the previous section.
3. List all APP files anywhere with the terminal
Sometimes apps are installed in locations other than the Applications folder, especially if you download apps from outside the App Store. In this case, you can use a command in the terminal to create a list of apps that are installed for every user and in every folder at any location.
Start a terminal window (Applications> Utilities or with Spotlight) and enter the following command at the command prompt:
sudo find / -iname & # 39; * .app & # 39;> /Users/(USERNAME)/InstalledApps/InstalledAppsOnSystemTerminal.txt
This does not take place APP File on your system, case insensitive (-iname) and sends the results to the specified text file. Remember to replace (USERNAME) with your and change the path and file name if you want.
You can also limit the results to a specific folder by replacing the slash (/.) after this Find with the path to the folder to be searched.
There is a chance that you will see some Operation prohibited Messages. This is because the Find Command searches the entire system and some areas of the system do not allow access. You can also see them No directory Embassy. Don't worry about it – you'll still get a list of APP Files on your system.
The list contains the full path to each file.
4. List all Mac App Store apps with Terminal
You may want to know which apps you only have installed in the Mac App Store. To generate this list, start a terminal window (Applications> Utilities or Spotlight Search) and enter the following command at the command prompt:
find / Applications -path & # 39; * content / _MASReceipt / receipt & # 39; -maxdepth 4 -print | sed & # 39; s # .app / Contents / _MASReceipt / receipt # .app # g; s # / Applications / ## & # 39;
This command looks in the "Program Files" folder and then goes into the folder Receipts Folder for each app (which is included in the package content of each app) to see which have a receipt from the Mac App Store.
The search results are listed in the terminal window. To save the list in a text file, select and copy the list of APP files (Cmd + C.). You can then paste it into a document in TextEdit or another document app and save the list.
Back up your Mac app lists
With the methods we have discussed, you can access up to four different lists of apps. Therefore, it is probably a good idea to use several methods to generate more than one list of apps if you need to check the software installed on your Mac.
Remember to save your app lists on an external or network drive so that you have them when you set up your new Mac or newly installed system on your current Mac. Text files are a good choice for the format of your lists. Since TextEdit or another text editor can read them, you do not need to install any special software.
If you need to work out your list of installed apps, check out our guide to the best Mac apps
The best Mac apps to install on your MacBook or iMac
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