Changing the name of an app in Mountain Lion

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Borderdog, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. Borderdog macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2014
    I want to upgrade to Mavericks, but I still want to retain iTunes 10.
    To do this according to some instructions I read this morning, it requires the renaming of the to something slightly different; like iTunes So when you upgrade to Mavericks, the now-named iTunes will be overlooked and won't be automatically replaced with 11.
    The problem I'm having is that OSX won't allow you any simple way to change the name of any of it's OS embedded apps such as iTunes, Preview, Safari, etc. I can change the name of any non-embedded apps by simply clicking once and then hitting the return key and then typing a new name.
    I have tried everything from Get Info and seeing if I can change the name there. Also logged in as Root User- that didn't work either. I tried some command line things but I'm not very good with Terminal.

    Any ideas from you Mac experts?

  2. gmanterry macrumors regular


    May 31, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Here's how I renames TexEdit.

    I picked TextEdit to test. I option copied the app from the Applications folder to the Desktop. From the Desktop, select, hit return and rename. Then drag it back into the Applications folder.


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