Openning apps

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by naix, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. naix macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2010
    what is the difference between opening an application before dragging it into the app folder and dragging it into the app folder and then opening it?

    I want to download firefox nightly to test it out but i dont want to install it into my mac. I already have firefox beta installed.

    thanks in advance
  2. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Only a select few applications require to be put in Applications folder in order to work properly. Most applications - even if downloaded from the Mac App Store - can be placed anywhere, including external storage media. You'll have no problem running Firefox from anywhere on the drive.
  3. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    The difference is that it isn't installed, it's just running from the disk image.

    This blog shows the proper way to install apps and what a disk image is.

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