Get A List Of All The Mac Store Apps Installed On Your Mac [OS X Tips]

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Ever want to get a quick and dirty list of the Mac App Store apps that you have installed on your Mac? Well, look no further than the Terminal, Apple’s window into the guts of your beautiful OS X machine.

Here’s how to get a nice little list of all your installed Mac App Store apps.

Launch Terminal, and then paste or type the following command in there.

find /Applications \
-path '*Contents/_MASReceipt/receipt' \
-maxdepth 4 -print |\
sed 's#.app/Contents/_MASReceipt/receipt#.app#g; s#/Applications/##'

So, basically, you’re asking your Mac to look in the Applications folder, and then go into the receipts folder (which is in the package contents of every app) to see which of your apps have a receipt from the Mac App Store.

When I pasted the code above on my Macbook Air, I got the following list:

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test.app
Controllers Lite.app
Dialogue.app
Evernote.app
GarageBand.app
iPhoto.app
Saturday Morning RPG.app
Share Bucket.app
Solstice Arena.app
Trash Without.app
Twitter.app

You could, of course, open all your apps up and do this manually, but this is a pretty slick little command in Terminal.

  • Chazmacs

    It worked for me, but only after a couple of tries. For some reason I got an error the first try, copying and pasting the terminal command, but it worked on a different try.

  • Gregory Wright

    Yeah, but isn’t easier to just go to Mac APPs iCon, open it and click purchases.

  • roblef

    Yeah, but isn’t easier to just go to Mac APPs iCon, open it and click purchases.

    Sure, but I like the fact that I can copy and paste this list.

  • Gregory Wright
    Yeah, but isn’t easier to just go to Mac APPs iCon, open it and click purchases.

    Sure, but I like the fact that I can copy and paste this list.

    Good point. I wonder why Apple doesn’t allow one to copy and paste nor print from purchases.

  • hogamo4

    There’s a much easier, and cleaner, way to do this. (Not to dog on your Mac skills, Rob)

    After clicking on the Apple Logo at the top left, hold down the “option” key. This should turn “About This Mac” into “System Information.” Open that up and then on the left hand side, under the “Software” section should be “Applications.” In that list is a column marked “App Store” that you can sort by. If an application was downloaded from the Mac App Store, it will say, obviously, “Yes.” It even tells you where the application is stored, even if it’s not in the Applications folder.

  • kvas

    Or simpler: find /Applications -name _MASReceipt|cut -d/ -f3

  • IanVaughan

    Or one that works : find /Applications -maxdepth 1 -print | sed ‘s/\/Applications\///’

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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