I recently changed my MBP 13" 2009 to the newer MBP 13" 2012. I decided not to recover from Time Machine and install everything manually as to make a clean start.

Although I do not have my iWork '09 disk with me. Is there a way to recover it from the backups? Simply copying the application does not work.

Also I am not able to download it from App Store, because I bought it from a retail store and not online.

  • I had some problems with iWork, so I ended up with installing OpenOffice for Mac. – kenorb Jul 25 '13 at 8:17
  • I havent tried OpenOffice so cant compare them. Im quite happy with iWork though, it havent had any problems with it so far. – latusaki Jul 25 '13 at 23:22

You also need to recover library files:

/Library/Application Support/iWork'09

In my case, this was the minimum requirement to get Keynote starting again.

Additionally, you might want to recover user-specific files from your user directory:

~/Library/Application Support/iWork
  • Marked as accepted answer even tho I havent tried your suggestions. I got access to the install DVDs which solved the issue. – latusaki Oct 23 '12 at 16:19
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    I can confirm that guwac's approach works. – Jeffrey Guenther Jan 21 '14 at 17:59

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