Applications in OS X

Discussion in 'macOS' started by 76ShovelHead, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. 76ShovelHead macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2010
    One thing I LOVE about OS X:

    You download an App and drag it to the App folder or wherever and your done. Most apps are like this, it's almost as if they are self-contained. Why?

    Meanwhile Windows requires an installer, and Linux is a mess (you have to add PPA's a lot of the times). Linux also uses an installer and an App store. I however have no idea where apps are stored or how to modify them on Linux, namely Ubuntu.

    So what is it, what is the magic behind OS X? and could it be possible for Linux to adopt such an easy system?
  2. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    In fairness, most of the Apps I've installed have required an installer.
  3. maflynn, Dec 7, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012

    maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Many of the apps I use need an installer. I do love the drag and drop feature but at this point most OSX apps require an installer.

    LightRoom, Aperture, Office, iWork, photoshop, iLife etc all use installer.
  4. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    That is because an application in OS X is actually a packaged folder with all of the contents and code an app needs to work. This is why you can drag it around like a regular folder. The difference between OS X apps and Windows apps is that windows apps aren't packaged... they usually require a lot of different files to work. You will still see some OS X apps needed to be installed, but this is usually because the installer automatically moves the apps to where they need to be (apps folder) and if the app needs any other assorted files to help it run it will move those too (usually these will be things like fonts or helper applications etc)

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