I would like to search for an app in the apples app store in a webbrowser, if this is possible. I know it is possible by installing Itunes, but I don't like to do that and I hope, that it is not needed to do a simple search for an App. This way I could send a link of an URL to someone to show the app. Is this possible? In GooglePlay it is so simple and intuitiv, but in the MAC-World I am lost again with such a simple request.

I know, that the app exists, because I wrote it myself and I can find it with the "App Store" - App on my IPad, so I am sure it exists.

Would be happy if someone would guide me to this search-feature, if it exists.

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iTunes has a search API as documented here, you don't need to use Google. To search for apps only, set entity to software. If you want to call this from your website via JavaScript, you'll probably also need to set callback to something appropriate.

Here is an example search URL which will return results for apps with "myApp" https://itunes.apple.com/search?term=MyApp&entity=software


You could use Google and the site: scheme.

As an example, you could type in the search engine:

site:itunes.apple.com sleep

This will list all the apps from the itunes.apple.com site that contain the keyword sleep.

  • So there is no official search site from apple like GooglePlay with Android. By the way, I can't find my App with the exact naming. Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 8:45
  • When did you submit your app ? Because there may be a latency between the time you submitted it and the time it is visible, or even referenced by Google. Wait for a while and may be you app will appear
    – lauhub
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 8:48
  • Its published 3 weeks ago. So the answer is No, thats not possible in the MACs world, right ? Simply searching an app. In Itunes I can find it. Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 8:49
  • As Apple validates each app, it may be that long but I trully do not know this information. Asking Apple support could be useful
    – lauhub
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 8:52
  • No, Thats not possible. The app is published and ready and friends purchased already. But of course, when there is no possibility to search the appstore in a browser directly, then its not sure that searchresult are actual. I just can't believe that there is no way to query for an app in a browser without installing a software. Its so stoneage like. I mean if you like to show an app to a friend, how can you tell this by email, when you can't provide any link or so. Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 8:57

To get a link, there is a way. - Go into Itunes - Click on the apps popdown and choose "create a link" Then you get something like : https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/APPNAME/id1078891695?mt=8 this can be sent

Very frustrating, that there is no way to get this link without ITunes. Mac is unuserfriendly !

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