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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
    And perhaps more importantly how to find how many of your apps are already 64bit.
    I ran this check on my MBPr primarily to check if HandBrake was now 64bit because it now displays in Dark Mode. I was impressed to find it was.
    How to Find All 32-Bit Apps on a Mac
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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    Thanks for that.

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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    Welcome. So easy to do. I only have 13 apps that are not 64bit which is refreshing news to me.
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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    That doesn't work for me at all. This is what I get, whichever way I search. What am I doing wrong?

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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    It looks like the first item in the list got selected somehow. Try the same procedure but click in Applications in the list on the left again just to make sure that's what's selected.
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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    Hmm. I have well over 200; many show Apple as the developer. Quite a few of them are in the /Developer directory. (Not the /Applications directory.)

    I'm not about to deal with all of these manually. I wonder if Apple (or someone else) will (or has) come up with a tool for this?

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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    @Sue
    I had exactly the same problem until I realised the window can be resized. Move it to the left and drag the right border out to its full width. The "details" panel at the bottom can also be resized by dragging it's top edge down, it is a little difficult to discern in dark mode, just hover your cursor over the point where it covers the list view till you see the up/down option but it will always show one app, initially the one at the top of the list.

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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    I got curious about this whole topic, so I searched around for ways to find 32 bit apps without having to use System Information. (Note that I am no expert when it comes to using the command line, mdfind or grep. If you spot errors, please let me know.)

    If you want to see all the 32 bit apps on your machine and are comfortable with the terminal, you can use this:

    Code:
    mdfind "kMDItemExecutableArchitectures == '*i386*' && kMDItemExecutableArchitectures != '*x86*'"
    That will list them all. Note that this command will find every executable file, some of which are buried in strange folders and don't show up in System Information.

    The following just tells you how many there are in the Applications folder that end with ".app":

    Code:
    mdfind "kMDItemExecutableArchitectures == '*i386*' &&
      kMDItemExecutableArchitectures != '*x86*'" | grep ^/Applications | grep -c .app$
    110 in my case.

    The following creates a file with all 32 bit apps that are in the Applications folder. The file is called 32bit.txt and is in your Documents folder:

    Code:
    mdfind "kMDItemExecutableArchitectures == '*i386*' &&
      kMDItemExecutableArchitectures != '*x86*'" | grep ^/Applications | grep  .app$  > ~/Documents/32bit.txt
    I've tested the above several times on my machine. But, I'm old and clumsy and error-prone, so use at your own risk.

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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    Just a caution on using the System Information trick to find 32 bit applications. If you have a backup with history (that is, Time Machine or any of the cloners with hierarchical saving of old files) and if that backup drive is attached, then SI will find those older versions and report them, inflating the actual number of 32-bit applications you may have on the actual boot drive. To get an accurate report, unmount all externals (including any network drives) and then run SI and look at the results.
    Jake

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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    I would have assumed all the other editable file would be updated to 64bit at the point of upgrade to macOS 10.15.
    And yes Jake, I made sure all my peripherals were disconnected.
    For my purposes this was about checking to see which apps in my application folder had already been updated.
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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    Thanks Rod, that worked. Only three and I have no idea what they are so will just let them die.
    Sue

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    Oh Boy..... looks like I'm going to be stuck on High Sierra for a while.

    Is there any way for the Mac to count the 32-bit apps?
    Or do I need to do that manually?

    I either still use some apps like Acrobat 9.0 or MS Office 14 that work fine, but are 32-bit and would cost a pretty penny to upgrade to 64-bit, but there are a few I use regularly that don't have a 64-bit version with equal or better functionality that the 32-bit version.
    Handbrake being one where the 64-bit version no longer converst to .avi files
    Seashore is another where the developer changed the functionality and made it worse than the original version
    Kies which I just downloaded on 14 April 2019 that I use to download images from a Samsung Cellphone to the Mac
    Don't know what others - I must have a few hundred 32-bit ones

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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    Guys - I've been looking in SI for a while since recent macOS upgrades - on my MBPro, I have nearly a dozen listed as 32-bit apps (see pic below blue rectangle) - however, when I scroll down to the 64-bit list a number of these same apps are listed as updated - just put the Canon IJ Printer Utility & the iMovie apps as examples - not sure why these older versions are still listed on my computer - has anyone else found this an issue? Thanks - Dave

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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    Wow that's good news Sue. I was pleased at how few I had, given that many of them were games, not really an issue. As for the 64bit apps I was pleasantly surprised at how many have obviously upgraded to 64bit already.
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    How to find your remaining 32bit apps
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    Dave I would have thought that printer packages would be the last to upgrade if they bother at all. As for the duplicates they may be viewed as separate apps thus giving you two rather than the upgrade of one. That is, they were new versions and in my case some asked if I would like to remove the old version to the trash as part of the installation.
    Either way if you are planning to upgrade you can probably remove the old 32bit versions or waiting see what happens at macOS upgrade. If you have a 64bit version already there not much to worry about.
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