How to Download and Install Any App on Your Mac

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Although it is easier to install Mac apps from the App Store, a diverse collection of interesting and niche apps are available on websites.

the Mac can install applications from the Internet and Apple’s App Store. This is perhaps unsurprising to computer users, as it is common on Windows and Linux. However, for users who expect the experience of installing every Mac application to be the same as that of an iPhone or iPad, this could be very exciting news, opening up new resources.

There’s a vast world of apps that work great on a Mac that aren’t available on the App Store. In some cases, the developer simply didn’t want to put in the big enough effort to submit their app to Apple, and for others, the app might have been rejected. Apple has pretty restrictive rules that exclude apps for reasons that seem questionable. One of the advantages of a Mac over an equally powerful iPad Pro is that these niche apps can be developed without going through the App Store.

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The installation method from the Internet as a whole is a bit different from the one-touch method of App Store commands. The first hurdle is finding an app, something online reviews and app catalogs can help with. Developers usually have their own website and a thorough internet search for a particular application can find the perfect solution. When downloading and purchasing an application or subscription over the Internet, Apple’s quality assurance and malware detection are not available, requiring the user to decide whether the source is reliable. Overall, the developers want customers to come back and provide good service, but some caution is in order. Once an application from a trusted website is found, the user must download a file. This is often an installer, and a double-click starts the process, and the user will be prompted for all the necessary information, such as where the application is installed and whether certain components may be skipped to save storage space.

Other Mac and App Store apps

Mac App Store

Some downloads skip the installer and just provide a compressed version of the app itself. In this case, the double-click will unpack the application. An illustrated guide usually appears in the Finder window with an arrow suggesting that the application be moved to the Applications folder. This method is often used for utilities, which are less complex than many applications. If a warning appears when you try to open a downloaded app, Apple doesn’t recognize the developer. However, it may still be fine, and at the user’s discretion, it may still be opened by finding the application in the Applications folder, right-clicking, and selecting Open.

Apple’s App Store greatly simplifies the process with the trade-off of missing out on some exciting and niche apps. The App Store offers a wide selection of apps in an easy-to-browse marketplace with one-touch installation for speed and security. For Apple Silicon Mac computers, the App Store contains not only Mac applications but also a large number of compatible iPad and iPhone applications.

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Source: Apple

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