The Mac App Store is a digital distribution platform for OS X applications developed by Apple.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

67
votes
13answers
101k views

How do I turn off App Store notifications in Mountain Lion

The App Store on Mountain Lion pushes update notifications through Notification Center. Unfortunately, this also happens for users that are not system administrators (and so cannot run the App Store). ...
50
votes
19answers
62k views

Xcode failed to download. Use the Purchases page to try again

Xcode is showing in the Mac App Store, ready to be updated. Clicking update results in an error: Xcode failed to download. Use the Purchases page to try again. Steps taken that didn't help: ...
44
votes
6answers
58k views

OS X Yosemite XCode update stuck on 'Waiting'

I recently downloaded Yosemite, and I'm trying to update my XCode. I hit 'Update' in the App Store, and but it's been stuck at 'Waiting' for the past 30 minutes. What can I do to fix this?
41
votes
2answers
76k views

El Capitan: Appstore says “downloaded” and “there's been an error” (stuck)

In order to download El Capitan, I clicked the "download" button in the highlighted banner of the Appstore. The "busy" wheel began to spin in the upper left, and I thought to give it some time. After ...
37
votes
8answers
128k views

How to remove an app stuck in “waiting” mode from the Mac App Store?

I've got 2 applications that I installed via the Mac App Store that are still in the "waiting" mode. How do I get these applications to finish installing? Or how do I remove them and try again? By ...
31
votes
5answers
69k views

Can I install apps bought on the Mac App Store on multiple computers?

If I buy an app on through the Mac App Store, can I install it on both of my Macs? I use the same iTunes account on both of them.
28
votes
2answers
50k views

El Captain update download doesn't continue after restarting the Mac

I started to download the El Capitan upgrade, but then I shut down my computer. The day after I wanted to continue the download but in App Store it shows "Waiting..." and doesn't do anything. Also ...
28
votes
8answers
21k views

How can I reinstall an application that the Mac App Store thinks is installed already?

I'm the developer of an application that is currently on the Mac App Store. I'm trying to download my own application so that I can test out the binary that is on the store. (As opposed to running it ...
28
votes
6answers
51k views

Being asked to log into a different account on Mac App Store?

Just recently I'm being asked by the Mac App Store to log into a different account to update my apps. I've never had a second Apple ID and this computer has always belonged to me, meaning there's ...
28
votes
5answers
7k views

Is it possible to have GPL software in the Mac App Store?

Can you have GPL software in Mac App Store? I know this is not possible in the iPhone App Store, but is it the same situation in Mac App Store? NOTE: None of the answers below should be considered ...
23
votes
6answers
52k views

Damaged and can't be open app error message

I bought the iBoostUp app when I was using Lion, and one day it suddenly stopped working, I uninstalled it, and yesterday I got Mountain Lion hoping that it would get magically fixed, but it didn't. ...
23
votes
10answers
36k views

Mac App Store opens to blank screen; cannot switch between menu options

Today I tried opening the App Store to update some software, but when it opens I am left with a blank screen: Also, when I click on the menu items in the top bar, multiple items will highlight in ...
23
votes
4answers
7k views

Can Mac App Store installs & upgrades be automated?

How can I script installing or upgrading apps from the Mac App Store? I'd prefer command line tools, but AppleScript or some other API would suffice. Relevant puzzle pieces: installer: note ...
18
votes
4answers
59k views

How can I see all apps in 'Essentials' in Mac and iTunes app stores?

A quick question: While navigating the Mac and iOS appstores, I often see some apps marked with a grey rectangular box with rounded edges called 'Essentials', which appears just below the rating of ...
17
votes
7answers
57k views

Paused & want to delete partially downloaded Yosemite

I was installing Yosemite Beta, however, I paused the download as I have not backup my Mac. Does anyone know how I can delete the paused download of it? It's driving me nuts! I can't just press ...
16
votes
3answers
7k views

How do I find out the status of a large download from the Mac App Store?

I just started downloading OS X Lion, and it's 3.49 GB. This is the extent of the user interface for the download process: Is there a place to see the download progress? Can I pause and/or resume ...
16
votes
3answers
12k views

Can I install or update Mac App Store apps through a command line using terminal? [duplicate]

Is there an official way provided by Apple or a workaround so that I can install or update Mac App Store apps through Terminal?
16
votes
4answers
20k views

How to re-download Lion from Mountain Lion

I'm currently running Mountain Lion, but I'd like to redownload Lion (to create a bootable install drive). However, when I click the download button in the App Store, I receive a message telling me my ...
16
votes
2answers
2k views

Why does OS X want me to “upgrade” from El Capitan to Yosemite Beta 4?

This is just silly: If I try accepting (no, I wouldn't go through with it), it just says that the update is unavailable. So why does it ask me to downgrade, and how do I get rid of this?
16
votes
4answers
15k views

Is it safe to remove the “Install Xcode” application after installation?

Is it safe to remove the Xcode 4 installation program from my Applications folder after I installed Xcode? If there is a free update, will I still get it, or do I have to buy it again? The installer ...
16
votes
3answers
4k views

How to update App Store application from command line?

I would like to force an update of App Store applications from the command line. How can I do this?
14
votes
3answers
7k views

Is there any way to get a generic (country-unrelated) iTunes link?

When copying links to stuff in iTunes or Mac App Store, I always get a countrycode-specific link. Is there any way to get a generic one? If not, will those links resolve to national-specific iTunes ...
14
votes
5answers
7k views

How can I opt out of updates for one app when using the App Store?

I have an app that has been radically changed (Skitch) and I'd prefer to not see any of the updates that the developer has made available to that app on the App Store. I'm lazy and like to use the ...
14
votes
2answers
2k views

Why do downloads (storedownloadd) from the Mac App Store consume so much CPU?

I have noticed this often with large downloads such as Xcode updates and OS X updates and that sort of thing. Basically we see this for however much time it takes for the download to proceed: ...
13
votes
8answers
16k views

Re-downloading apps purchased in a different country?

I lived in Canada for several years, but now I live in Norway (again). In Canada, I have purchased many apps on both the iOS and Mac OS X app stores. Some of these apps I have uninstalled over the ...
13
votes
4answers
22k views

Xcode update would not work, and now won't leave the App Store update queue

Hello I am trying to remove this update. It was not working and I ended up downloading the Xcode update directly from apple.developer, it gave me no problem. This has been my spring cleaning project ...
13
votes
4answers
12k views

Can i change the default Mac App Store install folder?

I prefer to have all applications installed per-user, to ~/Applications/ rather than globally. The default location for apps installed from the Mac App Store is the global applications folder located ...
12
votes
6answers
21k views

Can I cancel a download of a Mac Store app?

I just got a really large Mac App Store app, (2GB), but Im having some trouble with my diskspace... Is there a way to completeley cancel the download of the app? I mean not just pause it but cancel ...
12
votes
3answers
9k views

Mac App Store - how to check which account was used to buy app

I'm trying to update Growl, however App store says "To update this application, log in with account which was used to buy this application". The thing is that i don't have any other Apple ID. Is it ...
12
votes
5answers
6k views

How can I dismiss the App Store banner in Notification Center without taking an action?

This is the notification that pops up from the App Store on Mountain Lion: As you can see, the only options are Details and Update. Most of these banners have a 'close' button, to dismiss the ...
12
votes
3answers
16k views

What Apple ID should I use for my work computer?

I have a Mac for my work computer (that is company property). Should I use my personal Apple ID, create an Apple ID with my work email, or ask for a corporate wide Apple ID (if that's possible). ...
12
votes
2answers
6k views

Downgrade a Mac App Store app?

Is it possible to downgrade a Mac App Store app? One of my apps has an update showing today, and I want to know if it's a one-way street. For example, if I make a copy of the app before upgrading, ...
12
votes
3answers
10k views

Is there a way to purchase an app from the Mac App Store as a gift?

Is there a way, in the Mac App Store, to buy an app and to give the license to a friend who has no way to pay for that app?
12
votes
2answers
38k views

How do I remove the previous App Store user from my computer?

Someone else at the office was attempting to help me setup the laptop before I started, so now my MBP has their credentials for some apps. I can uninstall and reinstall the app, if that's all it ...
11
votes
1answer
28k views

Mac App Store Download Failure - Clear Cache?

I bought a program on the Mac App Store (Desk) on one of my computers. I am running Yosemite on a different computer and I tried to install the program from the Mac App Store - while I was on a ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

How to uninstall a program through the App Store?

I want to uninstall some recently installed software which I installed using the Mac App Store. Is is possible to uninstall those programs from inside the App Store?
11
votes
3answers
9k views

App Store thinks apps are installed

I had a few apps originally purchased through the App Store that got corrupted. I removed them with the intent of re-installing them from the App Store, but it seems that the App Store thinks they're ...
11
votes
3answers
8k views

Do I have to repurchase Apple apps through the Mac App Store to get updates there?

Back when Apple announced iLife '11 I bought a copy, but now I see that it's also available on the Mac App Store. If I want to be eligible to use the Mac App Store's built-in update mechanism to ...
11
votes
1answer
2k views

Does deleting Mac App Store apps in Launchpad delete related files in the Library folders too?

When I delete Mac App Store apps in Launchpad, does it delete related files in the Library folders too? I mean files like preferences, application support files etc.
11
votes
2answers
94k views

How to get OSX Yosemite outside the Mac App Store

I have the following scenario. At work I run an Ubuntu PC machine with fast connection. At home I have a Mac without any kind of outside connection (offline) My question is how do I get the OSX ...
11
votes
2answers
3k views

Equivalent of iOS' 30/30 (task manager) app for OS X

30/30 is a slick task manager for iOS devices that's also free. I'm trying to find an equivalent app for OS X. Some of the features in 30/30 that I would like to see in a mac app are: Clean ...
10
votes
2answers
3k views

Many OS X app store apps are listed as “app” is damaged and can't be opened

Without having changed anything, I now get this message when I try to open the app "Breeze" - Other apps fail similarly on other Macs: I tried to get rid of this message by re-installing it from ...
10
votes
1answer
302k views

“Verification Required” when installing free apps?

When I tried to install a free app, AppStore says: Verification Required Before you can make purchases, you must tap Continue to sign in, then verify your payment info. I never had this ...
10
votes
3answers
16k views

How can I force an app to redownload from Mac App Store?

I have purchased an app which didn't download successfully. I deleted the installer and tried to install it again from the Mac AppStore but the download button says "Installed". I also still have the ...
10
votes
1answer
8k views

Is there a more-accurate indicator of an app download's progress than what appears in Launchpad?

While downloading an application from the Mac App Store, you are presented with a progress indicator in Launchpad, like so: For a large install (like Xcode, as shown) this doesn't provide a ...
10
votes
3answers
18k views

Do all Macs come with iLife apps?

I bought a Mac that is only a few months old. My understanding was that it is supposed to come with iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand) either preinstalled or available as a "free" download in the ...
10
votes
8answers
6k views

Should I buy Coda 2 on the app store or directly from Panic?

I'm very interested in buying Coda 2 (a web development IDE) when it comes out on the 24th. My concern is that the App Store version will have less features than the non-App Store version. Will ...
10
votes
3answers
23k views

Where can i find and clean up partially downloaded content?

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
743 views

Why have my apps from the store suddenly started exiting with code 173?

My iMac is running current OS/X Yosemite 10.11.3. It's a big development machine, not rebooted for some weeks. It has many apps from the Mac app store, among them TextWrangler and Clocks. Suddenly (it ...
10
votes
4answers
7k views

Need a Google Voice app for Mac

Background I've been using Google Voice for about a year. During that time, I've been also using a Mac app called GrowlVoice that appears in my menubar. It allows listening to voicemail messages and ...