Move Apple apps to different place?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by PhotoTripper, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. PhotoTripper macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Is it possible to move unused Apple apps to a specific folder inside eg the Utilities folder without issues?
    I know I have to disable the SIP for the actual move but will the Apple tentacles still find the apps when needed?

    The reason I want to do this is to unclutter my app folder as I don't use and never will use many of the apps. I tried to unistall them which was easy enough but of course gave El Cap a heart attack which kept draining my battery as it probably couldn't find everything it wanted.

    Looking for a simple (hopefully positive) answer and no lecturing ;)
     
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Why don’t you hide them?
    Code:
    sudo chflags hidden /Applications/<application>.app

    Of course, SIP must still be disabled.
     
  3. PhotoTripper thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah, even better. Thank you!!!
    --- Post Merged, Nov 23, 2016 ---
    Works great for some apps but it seems there is an issue with apps that have names with a space in them eg Game Center, Photo Booth etc. How do I enter these app names for the code to work?
     
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

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    #4
    Paths have to be one whole, otherwise Bash interprets them as separate parameters to the command. There are two ways to do this:
    Code:
    sudo chflags hidden /Applications/Game\ Center.app
    sudo chflags hidden "/Applications/Game Center.app"
    You can also use autocompletion when you start typing a path and press the tab key to fill in the blanks. For example, type /Applications/Game, then press tab.
     
  5. PhotoTripper thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome. Thanks for your help :)
     

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