How can I force quit download from App Store? I wanted to download OS X El Capitan for virtual machine usage (I don't have Install El Capitan.app in Applications for some reason), but my download is stuck:

Looks like this:

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I can't reinitiate download, because I am already "downloading". How can I force quit download so that I can start fresh? Maybe the question should be, which activity should I cancel in Activity Monitor?

  • When this happens on my iPhone I just restart and it goes away. Have you tried restarting your Mac?
    – fsb
    May 14, 2016 at 13:27
  • yes, I already did.
    – sanjihan
    May 14, 2016 at 13:28
  • Try going to the App Store and check for unfinished downloads. Do this under Store --> Check for unfinished downloads. You might be able to delete or restart it from there.
    – fsb
    May 14, 2016 at 13:31
  • I restarted it again, but this time I didn't click Resume in Purchased tab of App store, but went on and Download it again from App Store search results. The download started. Not sure why.
    – sanjihan
    May 14, 2016 at 13:35
  • I'll add that as an answer, and you can accept, for others who might have a similar problem.
    – fsb
    May 14, 2016 at 14:00

1 Answer 1


Go to the App Store and resume any unfinished downloads.

To do that, open the App Store and in the menu go to Store --> Check for unfinished downloads. Enter your login credentials. You can see any downloads that didn't complete. From there you can restart or delete it.

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