The Mac App Store on Mac OS X (10.8.3) notifies me frequently about new app updates by showing a little popup. How can I change the update frequency or the way Mac OS X notifies me?


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Launch Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities/ and enter the following command:

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate ScheduleFrequency 3

Set the number at the end to the number in days between checking for available software updates, the example uses 3 days

  • Thanks! Tried it and it seems to work fine. Do you know if this settings survives updates? Apr 3, 2013 at 22:09
  • Not sure, but it should, as it would be pointless otherwise. Please don't forget to accept my answer if it is the answer is satisfactory. Thank you.
    – Ali Samii
    Apr 4, 2013 at 3:18
  • Are you sure this checks for Mac App Store apps, and not just Software Updates for OS X itself?
    – TJ Luoma
    May 16, 2013 at 14:05

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