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I'm trying to keep an inventory of where each application in my Mac came from (context: I'm trying to be disciplined and install things only through the App Store, Homebrew or Caskroom).

Apps that came from the App Store can be identified because their application bundle contains a _MASReceipt directory. Is there a similar trick to identify the built-in applications? One idea is to check if CFBundleIdentifier in Info.plist starts with com.apple. Any others?

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  • Nice idea! Why not go with the CFBundleIdentifier approach? – myhd Mar 29 '15 at 15:38
  • Look in /Library/Receipts – mmmmmm May 11 '15 at 20:10

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