There are some software updates I'm not interested in, either because I don't use the applications involved or because I don't care.
I uncheck them and click Not now
The annoying part is that they keep popping up every time there's a new update.
Can't you uncheck them forever so the updates-to-ignore list doesn't keep growing? enter image description here

For example, I couldn't care less about stability when sending slideshows from iPhoto'11 to iDVD, something I don't do anyway.

3 Answers 3


Just go up to the menu bar and hit Update>Ignore Update (or the keyboard shortcut is apparently just the delete key).


Try using the command "softwareupdate --ignore" in terminal. You can first start with a "softwareupdate -l" to get the actual names of the updates (usually something like iPhoto-9.1...) and then use the ignore command to stop them from showing up.

To see everything that binary can do, try running "man softwareupdate".

  • softwareupdate: unrecognized option --ignore
    – Bobík
    Commented Oct 8, 2022 at 12:10

Alternatively, you could delete the applications and Apple won't try to update them anymore.

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