file with list of installed apps?

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

  1. nickdag macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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.
    -nick
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    #2
    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

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    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

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    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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