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Say your download of 17gb application is interrupted and can't continue since you are out of space.

Knowing the application name, where can you look to find parts of what has already been downloaded so you can remove it?

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Apps are usually directly downloaded in the Applications Folder. Have you tried looking there? – Samantha Catania Jun 23 '13 at 21:30
Apps are not directly downloaded to the Applications folder ... unless you mean Installed. Maybe clarify? – Zo219 Jun 23 '13 at 21:53
The icon seen in the application's folder is only a place holder, that is replaced upon completion of the download. (you can try opening it's package's contents and see for yourself). – AMomchilov Jun 24 '13 at 3:09
If you're looking to save disk space, have you tried deleting foreign language packs and old PowerPC copies of app binaries? They can easily add up to over 1-2GB – AMomchilov Jun 24 '13 at 3:09
Please accept one of the answers below to indicate closure of this question. – AMomchilov Jan 17 '14 at 22:17

The temporary location that stores downloading files varies between computers. Here's how to find it:

  1. Start a rather large app store download
  2. Open Activity monitor, and select the storeagent process
  3. Open the Inspector (press the "i" button, or +i)
  4. Select the Open Files and Ports tab, and scroll to the bottom
  5. Select the path that starts with /private/var/folders that contains from the beginning, up to and including
  6. Open Terminal and type open [paste path here] and hit return
  7. From here, you can see all the temporary files the Mac App Store has made. You can get info on each one to see their sizes, and dispose of them accordingly.

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Downloads, finished or not, will be in your Downloads folder in your User Directory. Unless you have specified that Safari save them somewhere else: bad idea. Ceetainly not to the desktop, as so many people think.

In the General pane of Safari preferences, you will find the setting for what folder to save to ... and in answer to your other question, you can choose whether Safari is to remove incomplete downloads: manually, never, or when successfully downloaded.

The option to Open "safe" files after downloading is way unnecessary, uncheck that only if you're experienced with security measures.

BUT, I think you're confused about downloading vs. installing. Two separate processes. Downloaded filed or zips or disk images can sit there forever. If you're asking how to fully uninstall an installed application, please ask a new question.

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The question pertains to files downloaded via the Mac App store, as indicated in the question's tags – AMomchilov Jun 24 '13 at 2:54
Thanks, missed that. – Zo219 Jun 24 '13 at 8:49

On El Capitan the process to look for is storedownloadd

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Here's another way to find the Mac App Store downloads folder by enabling the debug menu:

  1. Quit the App Store
  2. Open Terminal
  3. Run command: defaults write ShowDebugMenu -bool true
  4. Open the App Store
  5. Select the new "Debug" menu in the menu bar and choose "Show Download Folder..."


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I tried this option but the debug menu do not appear. – Rene Jul 8 at 8:27
That's strange, I'm on 10.11.5 and was just able to disable and re-enable the debug menu with this command. – Chris A Jul 10 at 2:25

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