file with list of installed apps?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nickdag, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. nickdag macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2011
    Anybody got any ideas for this very trivial thing I want to do?

    As part of my backup (forget about TM for a moment), I'd like to have a running list of all the applications (and possibly System Preference panes and anything else that you all might recommend) that I have installed. So, if I were to do a clean install, I would have a list of all the applications I wanted to re-install.

    I'm not talking about backing up the applications themselves. I just want a stinkin' list. Is there some system file which I can backup then reference for this list? Some ls-type cron I can do of the Applications folder?

    I want something totally simple and which I can setup once and forget about.

    Make sense? Thanks much.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I don't know if it's what you're looking for, but System Profiler > Software > Applications has a list of installed apps and their version numbers.
  3. nickdag thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2011
    profiler is not automatic

    Profiler info, while useful, is not continually and automatically updated. As far as I know, I have to open Profiler and use it to see and output the information.

    The idea is that when a new app is installed, this list (wherever it is) is updated automatically. I would also include this list in any automatic backups I set. So, if I need to re-install, I'll have an up-to-date list of everything.
  4. Sc00tr macrumors regular

    May 28, 2011
    In terminal, cd to the applications directory and just use the ls command. you can rap this into a script and set it to run at login.

    something like this.
    ls *.app > somefile.txt

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