Is there a way to find the list of packages that have been installed via curl?

For example I installed the following two packages:


curl -fsSL https://bun.sh/install | bash


curl -Ls "https://get.maestro.mobile.dev" | bash

For example with npm I can do like this:

npm list -g --depth=0

For example with brew I can do this:

brew list

I wanted to know the list of other elements installed via curl.

2 Answers 2



You're not "installing via curl". You're using curl to download an installer, which you then run. In your two examples, you're downloading a shell script that you're then piping into bash.

  • So I have no way to know what I installed in the past?
    – Paul
    Sep 13, 2023 at 19:02
  • In general no you don't. The partial exception is full Applications if you put them in /Applications. This is one reason to use a package manager like macports or homebre (or Mac App Store)
    – mmmmmm
    Sep 13, 2023 at 19:06
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    To clarify using curl is exaclylik like downloading via a web browser like Safari and then running what you have downloaded.
    – mmmmmm
    Sep 13, 2023 at 19:07

You could grep your history for curl entries, but as others have mentioned, this won't give you any connection with what has been installed. Also, history typically has a fairly short retention period.

You could also use pkg-util to view package (.pkg) receipts, but this won't have anything to do with curl and also won't show anything downloaded and installed by other means (for example, from a mounted .DMG).

  • At the moment I tried with: history|grep "curl".
    – Paul
    Sep 15, 2023 at 13:00

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