How to List All Applications on a Mac

MacOS applications

MacOS applications are installed a little differently from Windows. Because they are almost always simple .app files, you can move them much more easily to your hard drive. Here's how to find those you've lost.

From the Applications folder

macOS application folder

This method is obvious – just open your Applications folder. You can usually find it in the sidebar, at the top of your hard drive, or in your home folder (the one with your name). You can press the "List" button in the top bar to see everything in an easy-to-read list.

However, this does not list all the applications on your player. Therefore, if you have an application in your Downloads folder, it will not show up here.

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Best method: smart folders

macOS smart folders

Smart folders are wonderful. It's like saved searches that you can pin in the Finder sidebar. Here we will search for all applications.

Create a new Smart Folder from any Finder window by selecting File> New Smart Folder from the top menu bar.

MacOS new smart folder

This will open what looks like a search window. You can add a new rule by clicking the + button next to "Save." A drop-down list will allow you to choose the rule in which the smart folder will search. The default option will search by file name.

macOS smart folder options

But you will want to change "Name" to "Genre" and specify "Application".

You will see the folder fill up quickly with applications. If you want to save this smart folder, click "Save" in the upper right corner. Put a name and choose where to save it.

MacOS save the smart folder

The default location is a "Saved Searches" folder, but you can save it wherever you want. Anyway, it will be added to the sidebar for easy access.

Using system information

MacOS system applications tab

The System Information application has a tab to display each .app file installed on your system. Open the application by holding down the Option key and clicking the Apple logo. the first item will be System Information.

Scroll to Software> Applications and give it a minute to search for your drive and fill in the list. This list contains all the .app files, even the system and internal files, so modify them at your own risk.

Command line options

macOS lists all command line applications

If you want a list of easily modifiable application file paths for technical reasons, you can search your drive with the help of a terminal command. We will use find and use the -iname flag to search for files by name. The search syntax for .app extensions is:

sudo find / -iname * .app

Open the Terminal application by clicking on it in the Dock, paste the command above into and press enter. The search will take a while and an extremely long list, including many internal and system applications, will be generated. We recommend that you transfer the output to a file.

sudo find / -iname * .app> filename

This search in the root directory and includes everything on your hard drive. You will notice many repetitive repertoires from applications located in applications, such as internal Xcode applications. You can get rid of these results with sed and some regex to match and delete .app files in .app files:

sed -i / . app. * . app / d & # 39; filename

This will remove all entries matching the template from the list of apps you have created. This modifies the file directly, so be careful not to run it on anything else.


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