MacOS applications are installed slightly differently than Windows. Since they are almost always individual
.app files, you can move them much more easily on your hard disk.
From the application folder
This method is obvious. Just open your application folder. You'll usually find it in the sidebar, at the top of your hard drive, or in your home folder (the folder with your name). You can click the List button on the top bar to see everything in an easy-to-read list.
However, this does not list every single application on your drive, so if you have an application in the download folder
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Better Method: Smart Folders
Smart folders are wonderful. They are like saved searches that you can pin to the sidebar of the Finder. Here you can search for all applications.
Create a new Smart Folder in any Finder window by choosing File> New Smart Folder from the top menu bar.
 This opens a search window. You can add a new rule by clicking the + button next to "Save". In a drop-down menu, you can select the rule that the smart folder should search for. The default option searches for filenames.
However, you want to change "Name" to "Child" and specify "Application".
The folder fills up quickly with applications. If you want to save this smart folder, click "Save" in the top right corner. Enter a name and choose where to save it.
The default location is the Saved Searches folder, but you can save it anywhere. In any case, it will be added to the sidebar for easy access.
Using System Information
The System Information app has a tab that displays all
.app files installed on your system. Open the app by holding down the Option key and clicking on the Apple logo. The first entry will be System Information.
Scroll down to Software> Applications, and give the browser one minute to search your hard disk and populate the list. This list contains every
.app file, including that of the system and the internal one. Therefore, change it at your own risk.
If For technical reasons, if you want an easily modifiable list of app file paths, you can search your hard disk with a terminal command. We use
find and use the flag
-iname to search files by name. The extension search syntax of
sudo find / -iname * .app
Open the Terminal App by clicking on it in the Dock and add the above command in and press Enter. The search takes a while and an extremely long list is output containing many internal and system applications. It is recommended to pass the output to a file.
sudo find / -iname * .app> filename
This searches the root directory and contains everything on your hard disk. You will notice many repeating directories of apps within apps, such as: For example, Xcode's internal applications. You can get rid of these results with
sed and some regex to match and remove
.app files in
sed - i & # 39; / * app app / d & # 39...; Filename
This will remove any entries that match the pattern from the list of apps you have created. This will modify the file directly. Be careful not to use them for other purposes.