Keeping a copy of installation files from the Mac App Store

One problem with that is that is only available via the Mac App Store and doesn’t have a separate installer available for download.

Source: Downloading Apple’s installer package | Der Flounder


Apple’s App store appears to solve a long standing problem for those of us who routinely purchase software. Maybe 2 or 3 years after making that software purchase, and maybe getting a new computer… where the hell did I put that installation?

The ease of use is fantastic, not only do I always have my installers available to me, but I don’t have to worry about any cleanup once I’ve installed.

There’s a small problem though. It requires an internet connection.

In this day and age it might seem crazy to have a computer that isn’t connected to the internet, but on the professional level having a computer that’s an “island” isn’t all that uncommon.  In fact, some of the work I do REQUIRES that certain systems have absolutely no possible way of connecting to the internet.

I have a computer that’s completely unconnected, with CD/DVD drive, how do I get something only available from the App Store on to my computer?

At first glance, the way the App Store works, it appears that the apps just magically appear on your system and you’re good to go.  This isn’t exactly the case.  There’s still an installer, it’s just that the App Store removes the installer when it’s finished installing. What we need to do is figure out how to keep the system from removing that installer when done.

What to do?

rtrouton over at Der Flounder has detailed exactly how to do this. While his process is specific to the new, it can be used with any installer.

The key to the process is using the “ln” command in terminal:

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