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Command for fetch the list of software installed

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Is there any specific darwin command to fetch the list of software installed in a mac machine. If not a command, is there any other way to fetch it.

It would be of great help if anyone could answer this question.

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You can view the installed software here:

BlueAppleIconInMenuBar -> About This Mac -> More Info -> Software (In Left Pane)
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Hi Pulse-8,
Thank you for the quick response. But I want to fetch it programatically, so is there any specific command that would return the same details.

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I think a ls command in /Applications and its sub folders will fetch the software installed

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Yeah, that's what I would do.

Open your Terminal and change the directory to Applications and just type ls once there.

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The majority of time you need to be aware of other apps is if you're looking to set a default for a protocol (open these files with this app, programmatically), where you use Launch Services. This is Carbon, but as of now it is the only way to access this infrastructure.

If you're looking at launched apps, NSWorkspace's launchedApplications method returns an NSArray with that information.

Anyway, why do you need to know the apps on the system? If you give the context, perhaps I can lead you further.
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