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A sample project that demonstrates how to move a running Mac OS X application to the Applications folder.

Version History

  • 1.7.2

    • Fixed an exception that could happen.
  • 1.7.1

    • Refactoring
  • 1.7

    • Only move to ~/Appilcations directory if an app is already in there.
  • 1.6.3

    • Function calls deprecated in 10.7 no longer cause compile time warnings.
    • Added Simplified Chinese and European Portuguese localizations
  • 1.6.2

    • Garbage collection compatibility added
    • Use a new method to check if an application is already running on Mac OS X 10.6 systems or higher
  • 1.6.1

    • Use exit(0) to terminate the app before relaunching instead of [NSApp terminate:]. We don't want applicationShouldTerminate or applicationWillTerminate NSApplication delegate methods to be called, possibly introducing side effects.
  • 1.6

    • Resolve any aliases when finding the Applications directory
  • 1.5.2

    • Cleaned up the code a bit. Almost functionally equivalent to 1.5.1.
  • 1.5.1

    • Fixed a bug with clearing the quarantine file attribute on Mac OS X 10.5
  • 1.5

    • Don't prompt to move the application if it has "Applications" in its path somewhere
  • 1.4

    • Mac OS X 10.5 compatibility fixes
  • 1.3

    • Fixed a rare bug in the shell script that checks to see if the app is already running
    • Clear quarantine flag after copying
    • Compile time option to show normal sized alert supress checkbox button
    • German, Danish, and Norwegian localizations added
  • 1.2

    • Copy application from disk image then unmount disk image
    • Spanish, French, Dutch, and Russian localizations
  • 1.1

    • Prefers ~/Applications over /Applications if it exists
    • Escape key pushes the "Do Not Move" button
  • 1.0

    • First release


Builds and runs on Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

Code Contributors:

  • Andy Kim
  • John Brayton
  • Chad Sellers
  • Kevin LaCoste
  • Rasmus Andersson
  • Timothy J. Wood
  • Matt Gallagher
  • Whitney Young
  • Nick Moore


  • Eita Hayashi (Japanese)
  • Gleb M. Borisov (Russian)
  • Wouter Broekhof (Dutch)
  • Rasmus Andersson / Spotify (French and Spanish)
  • Markus Kirschner (German)
  • Fredrik Nannestad (Danish)
  • Georg Alexander Bøe (Norwegian)
  • Marco Improda (Italian)
  • Venj Chu (Simplified Chinese)
  • Sérgio Miranda (European Portuguese)
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