Can I transfer programs from mac to mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by colormesilly, May 29, 2011.

  1. colormesilly macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2011
    I have a mac that had software programs already installed when I got it... Can I copy these programs and use them on another mac? I've never tried this before and was wondering. I don't have another mac to try this, that's why I'm asking.

  2. iammike1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Columbia MD
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Not necessarily. Applications that have serial numbers can't legally be transferred. Lots of other apps are only licensed to one machine.
  4. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    Somewhat agree but for many application you can just copy the the Library and preferences files to get around that. Another option is to use the Transfer-from-Another-Mac feature. General consent is though that Applications can be copied unless they depend on external libraries installed by the accompanying installer.
  5. Nikh macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    If applications where bought at Mac App Store, they will not be run at another Mac (if developers added receipt validation, however, as I saw, not all of them doing that properly) - they will require to enter valid iTunes credentials to download the receipt.

    Other applications can require license code, however, since it is stored in file somewhere, you can just copy that file. Anyway that will not guarantee that everything will work.

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