Where does App Store store its downloads?

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  1. desertman, Sep 6, 2012
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    Where does App Store store its downloads?

    I downloaded the full version of OS X 10.8 (almost 5 GB) through App Store and would like to keep this file. But where on my hard disk do I find it?
     
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    Assuming you mean the the Mac App Store, it goes into /Applications and is named "Install OS X Mountain Lion.app" But once you have executed it to do the install the application will be deleted automatically. You need to save the application before doing the install or you need to download it again.
     
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    it deletes itself after you go through the install process
     
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    You are right. I did it with App Store, just used the wrong terms here first. Corrected that now. Thanks.

    Still would like to know where the App Store downloads get stored.
     
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    applications folder
     
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    And you were told: Applications. No special hidden folder or anything. If you've already done the installation, however, it gets deleted. If you wanted to save it, you have to move or copy it before you install.

    jW
     
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    That's funny I've installed 10.8 on my external drive and sd card and the icon never disappeared.
     
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    thats why people suggest to move it if you want to keep it its deletes if you install OSX on the same partition that install file is on
     
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    I downloaded it throughout the night onto my iMac that came already with OS X 10.8. This morning I found a window "Install OS X - To set up the installation of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, click Continue." open on my desktop but I did not install anything; this window is still open now.

    However, I do not find any downloaded OS X 10.8 file in Applications. And, strangely enough, in App Store under Purchases the item "OS X Mountain Lion" has again a dark grey Download button.

    I guess this did not work as anticipated and Big Brother has deleted the file already ...
     
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    no you need to quit that window that says continue than it will be in your applications folder

    no big brother tricks
     
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    Did not work. I quit and no installer file showed up, also not as invisible file. There is nothing that big with "Install" in its name on my hard drive.
     
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    With the second try it worked. "Install OS X Mountain Lion.app" showed up in Applications right after the download was finished and before I did anything else with App Store or the installation window.
     

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