How do I find all of the Applications on my Mac which are not from the App Store? Is it possible to find all those applications using a Finder search query?

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The screenshot below shows how to use a Finder search query to find all applications that are not from the App Store. The “Raw Query” condition is kMDItemAppStoreHasReceipt != 1. This is the same, I think, as testing for a directory named “_MASReceipt” as in the answer by patrix. But using a Finder search query should be easier for people not comfortable with using Terminal.

Screenshot of Finder Search Query for Applications not from App Store

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    Here are a few addenda to my answer. To run the same query in Terminal use: mdfind 'kMDItemContentType == "com.apple.application-bundle" && kMDItemAppStoreHasReceipt != 1'. To find the applications that do come from the App Store, change the != 1 check to == 1. There are some other Spotlight attributes related to the App Store, to check their values for Keynote for example: mdls /Applications/Keynote.app | grep kMDItemAppStore.
    – Rinzwind
    Jan 10, 2017 at 20:28
  • Another addendum. I’ve found it useful to add another “Raw Query” condition: kMDItemCFBundleIdentifier != "com.apple.*". This filters out Apple-applications, like the various applications that do not come from the App Store but are part of macOS (Mail, Safari, iTunes and so on).
    – Rinzwind
    Jan 28, 2017 at 10:42
  • Applications from the store are installed in /Applications (at least by default), so any applications outside of that folder are not from the store.
  • Applications from the store have a NAME.app/Contents/_MASReceipt folder, so you could use (in Terminal)

    cd /Applications
    for i in *.app; do
        [[ -d "$i/Contents/_MASReceipt" ]] || echo $i

    to find all non-store applications

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    Just wanted to add: This is bash.
    – bot47
    Jan 8, 2017 at 20:17
  • @MaxRied Thanks for pointing this out. As bash is the default in Terminal I usually assume that anybody experienced enough to switch shells also is experienced enough to adapt bash-specific stuff to their shell of choice. Or use [ ... ] instead of [[ ... ]]
    – nohillside
    Jan 8, 2017 at 21:10

The simplest way is to go to the Apple Menu -> "About this Mac...", then click "System Report". In the window that shows up, you can scroll to the Software section, and click "Applications". Apps from the Mac App Store are listed as such.

In the screen shot, Skitch was downloaded from the Mac App Store.Sample screen shot

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