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I would like to search the iPhone app store in such a way that I only see results that don't offer an in-app purchase. I know that Apple offers a data feed of all the App Store's data, so in principle a service could exist that would allow this. However, having tried all the App Store search engines I know of (uQurey, AppShopper, AppAdvice, 148apps), it seems that none of them offer this kind of specific customised search.

So my question is whether there is an App Store search service that allows such specific queries as this.

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  • Please consider accepting the answer, if it helped you out. I'm sorry there's no better solution.
    – Rob
    Mar 22, 2014 at 13:11
  • @Rob I upvoted it, but my experience on Stack Exchange is that accepting an answer tends to discourage further answers, so I prefer to keep it open. It may be that there's no currently published query for this purpose now, but in the future there might be, and if someone posts an answer about it I'll accept that one.
    – N. Virgo
    Mar 22, 2014 at 15:33

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There is a way now: https://appapp.io/us/has_iap=false/search

(Full disclosure - I made it)

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  • Is there a version of this site for macOS?
    – chb
    Feb 21, 2018 at 3:08
  • @chb Not right now - would you want one? Feb 21, 2018 at 14:09
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    Yes! I, for one, would be grateful, though it's possible that I'm in a minority of macOS users. I'm having a hard time understanding the App Store (and this question is not being received well). Do you have any insights into why it is the way it is?
    – chb
    Feb 21, 2018 at 17:31
  • @chb: Apple makes a commission of all purchases made through the App Store, including in-app ones. Aggressively monetized apps are a pain for the end user, but they make more money. If it were easy to filter out these apps, the App Store would be much more consumer-friendly, but unfortunately, the store is controlled by a company that has more to gain from making predatory developers hard for consumers to avoid, than they do from making them easy to avoid. So it doesn’t at all surprise me that this option isn’t there, as nice as it would be if Apple sided with end users over developers more.
    – Sparkette
    Jun 30, 2022 at 21:00
  • Free apps are not in that appapp platform.
    – userJT
    Nov 23, 2022 at 15:21
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In short: No, there's currently no query for that. At least, none of them are published. I doubt Apple want to display those without in-App purchases, as they make them money when people buy it.

I seriously hope someone will proof me wrong in the nearby-future, but currently there's no option available for this. I've been searching around for a while for those filter-criteria.

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  • You're probably right. (I'll leave the question open though, just in case.) I'm not sure it really is in Apple's interests, though. If the problem of apps (and games in particular) that appear free/cheap but actually aren't gets too bad, I'll just buy my way out of the iOS ecosystem, and eventually I'm sure others will too. But I guess that's Apple's choice to make...
    – N. Virgo
    Feb 9, 2014 at 5:27
  • It is in user's interest and that is something Apple should listen to. If they ignore this higher principle, their value to users will collapse.
    – userJT
    Nov 23, 2022 at 15:18

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