I'm running Mac OS X version 10.7.2.

There's this app called app-zapper. It helps to remove the library and cache files from apps when you want to get rid of an app by "zapping" it. I needed to shave some space. I'm using Pixelmator now instead of Photoshop, so I tried to zap my Adobe folder but instead my App Store app got zapped. I didn't realize it till my trash was emptied. The rest writes itself.

I've tried reinstalling 10.7.2, extracting the App Store.app file from 10.7.2 package (it's incomplete) and re-downloading the snow leopard extracted one (don't work on lion).

How can I re-install the app store?

2 Answers 2


Here's my copy, hope it helps.


PS: I'm going to remove it next week, so be quick!

  • Success!!! Thx very much.
    – alt
    Commented Nov 4, 2011 at 1:42
  • 1
    I deleted it, so now be good and don't erase it again :D
    – Gio
    Commented Nov 4, 2011 at 8:50
  • It's not wise to accept sweets from strangers on the internet. (With all respect to Gio.)
    – benwiggy
    Commented Sep 25, 2020 at 9:13

Many options are available to you:

  • Restore it from your backup
  • Copy it from another Mac running 10.7.2
  • Download and apply the current combo updater (often they contain entire programs, but it's not a guaranteed thing)
  • Reinstall Lion and upgrade to 10.7.2 - if your Lion install is lower than 10.7.2 try not to run programs until they are all patched up to the same version as your existing software.
  • Another alternative would be to use something like Pacifist and pull it directly from the InstallESD.dmg and then run the 10.7.2 combo update afterwards.
    – user10355
    Commented Nov 3, 2011 at 9:55
  • I tried all those things except for the backup and the reinstall of Lion. Nothing helped. I'm going to try Geo's, and if that doesn't work, the re-install. (eeekkk)
    – alt
    Commented Nov 4, 2011 at 1:42

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .