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?
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.
- 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/_MASReceiptfolder, so you could use (in Terminal)
cd /Applications for i in *.app; do [[ -d "$i/Contents/_MASReceipt" ]] || echo $i done
to find all non-store applications
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.