Resolved Any way to hide default Apps in 10.11?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by Zorn, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. Zorn macrumors 6502a

    Zorn

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    #1
    I've been trying to clean up my Applications folder, and I was trying to hide junk like Game Center, Chess, DVD Player, Photo Booth. I found some instructions on hiding these apps online, but the chflags hidden command in terminal does not seem to work at all under 10.11. Anyone know how to hide these apps on El Cap?

    I do have SIP disabled.
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

    Shirasaki

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    #2
    I don't know if it is possible, but I will directly delete unwanted apps in other systems such as Linux, even system own one.
     
  3. fisherking macrumors 603

    fisherking

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    how urgent is it to go into that folder? there are a half-dozen ways to get to apps (ie the dock, launchpad, spotlight). and...since the "OS requires" them, why not just leave them there? i believe, with each OS update, they'll simply reappear (someone correct me if that's wrong). just seems like a minor thing (but annoying the way default apps on the phone are annoying...and a reason why i jailbreak)....
     
  4. w0lf macrumors 65816

    w0lf

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    #4
    I don't even think you need SIP disabled to do this. System apps do require sudo for chflags to be able to edit them.

    Code:
    # hide
    sudo chflags -h hidden "/Applications/Someapp.app"
    
    # show
    sudo chflags -h nohidden "/Applications/Someapp.app"
    

    Toggle hidden status script (requires xcode command line tools for GetFileInfo)
    Code:
    for f in "$@"
    do
        status=$(GetFileInfo -P -av "$f")
        if [[ $status = 0 ]]; then
            sudo chflags -h hidden "$f"
        else
            sudo chflags -h nohidden "$f"
        fi
    done
    
    It's actually very easy to hide them. They will only reappear after updates if the application has been modified. The process of hiding apps if very simple if you're vaguely familiar with terminal and it's no work at all to make a script that you run after an update to hide all of the system apps you want hidden.
     
  5. zhaoxin macrumors regular

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    #5
    I think you can just hide them by put them in an app folder and put the folder to the screen next to your current last screen. Or you can create another folder outside of you app folder, and drag all your unwanted apps to that folder if you don't want to delete them directly. Apps that outside the default folder will not appear in launchpad.
     
  6. Zorn thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Zorn

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    #6

    Thank you! Your method worked, when I tried some of the ways I found online it would give a message about not being allowed.
     

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