I install things in all kinds of different ways on my Mac...

App Store, DMG's, PKG's, Homebrew, Rubygems, Macports, etc etc.

Is there an app out there that can show me my entire history of installing things through all these different channels?


I'm not sure you'll get everything in one place across so many different installation methods, especially things like Homebrew, Macports and Ruby gems...

But for the 'standard' installations, you could check out CleanApp (or various alternatives). It tends to work best if you install it early on, since it monitors installations, but it can also detect, to some extent, what is already installed.

Another option would be AppFresh (or various alternatives), though AppFresh has gone commercial now, so no longer free.

Some of those (or the alternatives linked) should show you a good selection of App Store, manually installed Applications (DMG/PKG/zip) and the like, but I don't think any will go as far as Homebrew, Macports or Ruby.


Great question! Go to Apple Symbol>About This Mac>System Report>Software>Installations.

You will get a list of all installations.

Note: The list will NOT include things installed by third party managers (Homebrew/Macports). For those you must use the manager it self. Homebrew and Macports both have commands to see installed programs: brew list & port installed respectively.

  • This list hardly includes anything - macOS High Sierra. – Mr. Kennedy Mar 25 '18 at 23:29

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