Upgrading applications?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tigerfish, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. tigerfish macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2007

    I'm wondering how one generally upgrades applications in OS X. (Rapidweaver, Quicksilver etc.) Does one first drag the old application into the trash and then download the new version and install that? Does one have to delete any preference files? etc. There's a couple of programs that I want to upgrade but there are no instructions on the application's website.

    Thanks for any help in advance.
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    If there's no built-in upgrade mechanism, you usually just drag the new version into your Applications folder. You'll get a message saying that an older file with that name is already in the folder, so just confirm that you want to replace it.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    In almost all cases, one of the following applies:

    1) If there's an installer / package file, you just run it and follow the directions.

    2) If there's no installer, and you install by drag and drop to applications, you just drag the new version and drop it into the apps folder. It will ask you if you want to replace, and you select YES. That's it.

    There are very few exceptions where preferences files from the previous version cause strange behavior because of bad programming practices (e.g. upgrading from Firefox 1.5 to 2.0 -- it acts very unstably for many users unless you delete your profiles and make new ones... :rolleyes: )

    So yep, just go ahead. It's that simple. :)
  4. tigerfish thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2007

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