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 "delete" like my other Apps!

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    – bmike
    Aug 14 '14 at 23:36

There are two simpler ways for this:

  1. In Mac App Store Updates page, simply hold down option, and you'll see the Pause button changes to Cancel.

  2. In Launchpad, hold down option and you'll see apps icons begin to wiggle (just like they would on iOS). Click the X that has appeared and the update will be canceled.


Best way to do this is to enable the Debug menu for the App Store. Do this:

  1. Run this command from Terminal:

    defaults write com.apple.appstore ShowDebugMenu -bool true && killall App\ Store
  2. Go to the the App Store debug menu and reveal the download folder. You can delete the whole thing from Finder.

  3. Log out and back in to your Mac.

  4. Empty the trash.

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    Best way to get rid of those insanely large development version that download behind your back. Or anything downloaded from the App Store that matter. Really helps if you have a tiny SSD
    – Vik
    Feb 9 '15 at 16:58
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    Doesn't seem to work in Sierra
    – Allison
    Nov 20 '16 at 22:51

In Launchpad, click and hold on the icon for the download, and an 'x' will appear in the upper left-hand corner, clicking the 'x' will delete the download.

  • Where exactly do you need to click and hold, in Finder or in another application?
    – nohillside
    Sep 19 '14 at 6:00
  • This is the right answer. Why negative votes? +1 Sep 25 '14 at 6:35
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    You are getting negatives because it is confusing to average users. Give step by step with screen shots to help us!
    – user96120
    Oct 18 '14 at 2:24
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    Yeah, this is the easiest way. Go to Launchpad, click and hold on the OS X Yosemite icon, then tap the X that appears. Easy.
    – Delameko
    Nov 5 '14 at 10:16
  • This seems to be the official procedure. I recommend this instead of manually deleting folders.
    – Magne
    Mar 7 '15 at 11:23

Partial downloads are stored in /private/var/folders/*/*/*/com.apple.appstore/. Delete the partial download from there and reset the Mac App Store from the debug menu if necessary.


In App Store go to Purchases tab and hold down the option key and you will see the Pause button turns to Cancel, only click on cancel button.

  1. Close App Store

  2. In the Finder search for: com.apple.appstore

  3. delete the whole com.apple.appstore folder

  4. empty trash

  5. restart the App Store


To delete an active download for Yosemite in the Trash can, I had to switch to Safe Mode (Hold down SHIFT Key while booting) before I could delete it. HTH

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