Script to extract all applications installed on a Mac


Jeremy Rothman-Shore Blog

Recently, I needed to extract a full list of programs installed on a couple of Macs.  What I wanted to do was get an inventory of all of the software installed on each one and then load it into Excel and identify differences.

I initially assumed that would be simple, and I would just use a shell script to look in a couple of directories and compile a list. Unfortunately, it turns out not to be so simple, with applications scattered across a wide range of locations.

I spent a little while looking for programs that could export a list, but none of them quite fit my needs and price range. They tended to be expensive auditing tools that cost more than I wanted to spend.

After poking around for a while further, I found that Apple does have a built-in tool to audit what is on a Mac.  If…

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