I need to disable auto updates for one of the apps installed in my Mac (OS X 10.11.4). The developer keeps releasing new versions but I want to stay at a specific version that works just as I need.

  • This is not a store app, I downloaded it from the developer's site.
  • I know this app uses the Sparkle.framework for autoupdating.
  • The application does not offer any options/preferences to control automatic updates. They just happen.

Every couple of days the application updates itself and I have to manually downgrade to the version I want to keep.

Is there anything I can do so the application doesn't update automatically? I'm confortable with the command line and editing low level stuff, but I am not familiar with the sparkle update process.


You can try steps listed below - it worked in case of All2MP3 app, that was taken by rogue developer and changed into malware deployment platform.

  1. Make backup of your original old app version!

  2. Right click on the app and choose Show Package Contents.

  3. Open info.plist file in your preferred text editor (I use TextWrangler)

  4. Search for SUEnableAutomaticCheck

  5. In the line below change YES to NO

  6. Save file. Your app should stop updating automatically.

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