Where does the Mac App Store install its applications to? Is this a system-wide location, or somewhere inside my Home directory? Is it possible to use the App Store on machines where I am not a System Administrator (just like I can currently install almost all applications I manually download by putting them in ~/Applications instead of /Applications)?

  • Corollary: Does it support multiple users with their own iTunes accounts on the same computer?
    – Thilo
    Jan 7, 2011 at 2:20

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Apps are installed to the usual /Applications folder. Non-admin users can browse the store, but they will need an admin username/password to install apps. Source: Help menu of App Store/Purchase Applications/Buy, download, and install applications/To buy, download, and install an application:/Step 4.

  • That's what I was afraid of. Can you still have applications from multiple users (with multiple iTunes accounts) on a shared computer (assuming they all have the admin password)?
    – Thilo
    Jan 7, 2011 at 2:42
  • @Thilo: I haven't seen this specified. I'm sure people will test this, and we'll see reports soon enough. Jan 7, 2011 at 3:30

Non-administrators can be added to the _appstore group:



On OS X Lion and above, you no longer need an administrator's username and password to install applications from the Mac App Store. However, you cannot delete them without an administrator's username and password.

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