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Using OSX 10.8.4., I am having a hard time finding a complete list of all software applications installed on my Mac. Of course, the Launchpad only shows the list of those that have an app shortcut created, excluding those that do not. I also tried holding down the Option key while in the Apple Menu to change About This Mac to System Information, then Software-->Installations but that still was not a complete list.

How do I get a complete list of all applications installed?

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The thing with OS X is that you generally don't 'install' most applications aside from ones from the Mac App Store or a few others from companies like Adobe or Microsoft. Most apps are just things you download in a ZIP or DMG file and drag/drop to your Applications folder. That Applications folder is where apps are almost always located and would be as complete of a list as you'll get. –  David Aug 13 '13 at 17:00
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There's a subtle complexity to what you're asking here and that is: what is an "application"? Are you looking for all .app bundles on your system? Or do you want a list of anything a user can execute? –  Ian C. Aug 13 '13 at 17:14
    
If you were to add what you plan to do with this list of Applications once you have it, I'm curious to see if the answers would better target your needs since the idea of an App is quite fuzzy and open to interpretation. –  bmike Aug 23 '13 at 14:41
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Try: About This Mac > More Info > System Report > Software

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Not only "Installations" ... but the others may give you some info, too.

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If you're just looking for a list of applications with a .app extension then starting the Terminal and running

   find / -iname *.app > ~/applications.txt

will (eventually) give you a pretty comprehensive list of applications, written to a text file called "applications.txt" in your Home folder.

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It is unclear from the OP question whether he/she is looking for the easy answer or the hard answer. The way to get almost all the apps into a convenient list would be:

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Enter ls /Applications for a simple alphabetic list, or ls -l /Applications for more information:

    Ewans-Retina-MacBook-Pro:Applications ewan$ ls /Applications
    
    1000 OpenType Fonts.app        Garmin MapInstall.app    ScreenFlow.app
    1Password.app                  Garmin MapManager.app    Sequel Pro.app
    A Better Finder Rename 8.app   Garmin WebUpdater.app    Server.app
    
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Open the terminal, and write the following commande sudo find / -iname *.app It's the same answser than "binarybob" but with the sudo you can access and list some folders you can't do without administrator rights. Your password will be asked and you get the benefits of the sudo "rights" if your account is an admin account.

For example, with find / -iname *.app I get 430 lines, and with sudo find / -iname *.app I get 432 lines. It's an example on my computer and maybe the result will be the same whatever the commande for you.

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Thanks we can delete the comments now –  Mark Feb 18 at 13:19
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  1. LaunchPad should show all apps in /Applications; they don't have to have a "shortcut" created to appear there.
  2. You can look directly in /Applications and /Applications/Utilities.
  3. System Information has a Software > Applications section in the sidebar that'll show an even more complete list, including apps stored in unexpected locations (I think it's using Spotlight to find them).
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Use "List My Apps". This Little App Show all Apps from the iTunes AppStore. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/list-my-apps/id756968964?l=de&ls=1&mt=12

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This only shows apps purchased from the Mac App Store though. –  grgarside Feb 18 at 11:17
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The application folder.. Just go in to the appplication folder

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Applications can be installed outside of the Applications folder. –  Ian C. Aug 13 '13 at 17:13
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