How many Mac Apps are You Sporting? / What is your #AppNum?

Just as a fun topic, I will stand and in front of the community and state

“Hello My Name is Dave and I am an Appoholic”

Getting that off my chest, I am wondering how many are in this group and what is the threshold for admission.

A great app for tabulating apps is CleanMyMac (Available on SetApp) that further delineates apps purchased through App store, SetApp or Other.

I am in the middle of pruning this list and selecting the best apps that align with my requirements. The problem is there are so many good apps and FOMO kicks in so I need to prune during the right mindset and focus my time on Mastering the pruned list. For Example, no need for Numbers when Excel is 1st in class for spreadsheet functionality. So my App count has been reduced from 340 > 298 with more to go.

Anyone else want to pipe in and see what level of App numbers pushes one into an Appoholic level, but everyone needs some vices and this one not so bad.

The next task after pruning will be to tabulate in Notion both Applications on all five platforms (Mac, iPhone, iPad, Linux and Windows) Well that will keep me busy during COVID-19

So here is a quick sample entry in Notion.

Mindmapping Entry uses the new capability of linking a Page on Miro

The Miro Page has the capability of creating workflows of which I also link training videos to the specific apps. In this case, Tom Solid’s Videos from Paperless Movement

Then you can publish links to these pages as follows:
Miro Board Link

The end goal is to tabulate how much was spent on software and what is the ongoing subscription price

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The number of apps I have uninstalled probably exceeds the number still installed, and each count is shocking to me. Especially when adding macOS and iPad/iOS/Windows together. Comparable to the GDP of a handful of small countries no doubt.

Having recently done a clean re-install, I consider my current set of installed apps to be ‘minimal’.

I was curious to see what that number actually is, so I ran this command in Terminal:

find /Applications -maxdepth 2 -type d -iname '*.app' -print | wc -l

The answer: 145

Which is much higher than I would have guessed.

(Also note that because this is Catalina, most of the default macOS apps do not actually show up in /Applications/ or /Applications/Utilities/ despite what Finder might tell you.)

Note: translating the find command above:

  • Look in the Applications folder: find /Applications
  • and 1 folder level deeper -maxdepth 2
  • only for directories (-type d)
  • which end with .app (-iname '*.app')
  • and print the output (-print)
  • then filter those results (|)
  • through the program wc (word count) with the -l argument (show me a count of lines)

The actual apps:

I often find it interesting to see what apps people have installed, so here’s my list, generated by. this command:

find /Applications -maxdepth 2 -type d -iname '*.app' -print \
| sed -e 's#.*/##g' -e 's#\.app##g' \
| sort -f

1Blocker
1Password 7
Alfred 4
Amazon ¹
Amphetamine
Audio Hijack
Banner Hunter
Bartender 3
BBEdit
Beamer
Bear
Better
BetterTouchTool
BetterZip
BlockBlock Helper
Brave Browser ²
Brave Browser Beta
Brave Browser Nightly
Broadcasts
Bumpr ³
BusyCal
BusyContacts
Carbon Copy Cloner
Cardhop
Choosy ³
ChronoSync
Clicker for Prime Video
CodeRunner
Contacts Cleaner
Copy URL to Clipboard
Default Folder X
Deliveries
Desktop Curtain
Discord
Display Menu
Downie
Drafts
DropDMG
Due
duet
EncryptMe
EpuborAudibleConverter
Fantastical
FastDMG
Feeder 3
Final Cut Pro
Fission
Fluid
FMail
Forecast Bar
GarageBand
Gemini
Google Chrome
Growl
Hand Mirror
HandBrake
HistoryHound
HomeControl
Honey
ImageOptim
iMovie
iStat Menus
iTerm
Jump Desktop
Kaleidoscope
Karabiner-Elements
Karabiner-EventViewer
KextViewr
Keyboard Maestro
Keynote
LaunchControl
Levelator
Link Unshortener
Logic Pro X
LosslessCut
MacPilot
Mactracker
MacUpdater
MailMate
Mailplane
Marked
MarsEdit
Mic Drop
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Word
Mom ¹
Moom
Name Mangler
NetatmoModulesManager
NetatmoWizard
NewFileMenu
NoiseBuddy
Numbers
nvUltra Beta
OmniDiskSweeper
OmniFocus
OneDrive
Pages
PDF Expert
PDFpen
Permute
Phoenix
Podcast Chapters
Proxie
Rectangle
Reeder
Remote Desktop
Resilio Sync
Safari
Screens
Semulov
Service Station
Setapp
Sharpshooter
Signet
Slack
Soulver 3
SoundSource
Speedtest
StopTheMadness
Stream Deck
SuperDuper!
Suspicious Package
TableFlip
Taccy
TextBar
The Unarchiver
Things3
ToothFairy
Tot
Tower
Tracey ¹
Transmit
TripMode
Type2Phone
Typinator
Ulysses
Unite
VLC
VMware Fusion
VMware Fusion Tech Preview
Weather ¹
Webcam Settings
zoom


Footnotes

¹ = this app is a Site-Specific Browser. Well, technically only Amazon is a SSB. The rest are more like “Single Task Browsers”. For example, the ones named “Mom” and “Tracey” are browsers where I am signed into accounts as my mom/wife in case they need me to help them with something. It’s easier (IMO) to just have one browser dedicated to that, so if I have to check something in my wife’s email and then follow a link from there to check her Google Account Security Settings, it’s not going to be confused as to who I am.

The Amazon one has its ‘Favorites’ bar with several bookmarks to things that I often want to check, such as my order status page, or if there is something that I am looking at but not sure I want to buy, I’ll bookmark it and put it on the bookmarks toolbar. Which I don’t want in my regular browser. Also, it defaults to smile.amazon.com which I always forget to use otherwise.

The Weather “app” points to the web page for my Netatmo Indoor Outdoor Smart Weather Station (this is the one Jason Snell has mentioned he uses). It also links to some other weather sites, pre-bookmarked to my specific location.

² = I generally only use the ‘regular’ Brave browser. I read somewhere that sync is coming to Brave, but is only currently in the nighty builds, but I haven’t actually used it much. Brave is also the browser that I use as my “work browser” so if I have a “work account” and “personal account” for the same site, Brave will always be signed into my “work account”.

³ = Theoretically, Bumpr and Choosy “do the same thing” - send links to different browsers. But Bumpr will also do the same thing for email links. I use MailMate for my work mail and Fastmail/Fmail for my personal mail (and Mailplane for my mailing lists, etc). Ideally I would just use Bumpr, but Choosy is still better at this than Bumpr because it can do things such as: “Take all of the links from Twitterrific (which is technically now called ‘Phoenix’) and send them to ‎Link Unshortener which can remove most of the tracking crap that some sites use, and then Link Unshortener sends the final link to my default browser (Choosy) which sends it to the appropriate browser.

Note: translating the second find command:

For reference:

find /Applications -maxdepth 2 -type d -iname '*.app' -print \
| sed -e 's#.*/##g' -e 's#\.app##g' \
| sort -f
  • Look in the Applications folder: find /Applications
  • and 1 folder level deeper -maxdepth 2
  • only for directories (-type d)
  • which end with .app (-iname '*.app')
  • and print the output (-print)
  • then filter those results (|)
  • through sed which will apply two filters (each marked with -e):
    • the first will delete everything from the left margin to the last /
    • the second will delete everything everything from \.app to the end of the line
  • then filter those results (|)
  • through the sort command using the -f option which tells sort to ignore case (so nvultra gets sorted with the rest of the N apps rather than after Z)

The \ at the end of a line just makes it so you can break up a command over several lines for readability.

The \ before .app means I am looking for a literal period followed by the letters a p p because otherwise . can be used in regular expressions to mean any character.

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This is a blogpost in itself :ok_hand:

Thought I’m crazy buying tonnes of apps but your list is ridiculous :stuck_out_tongue:

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My list is embarrassingly much longer than responses so far. I’ve retained many apps ‘just in case’ that go unused or barely used or that I once used (Art Text, Business Card Composer, Byword) and numerous utilities that perform the same functions because sometimes one will work better than another (for example apps that convert djvu files to pdf). And I have a complement of 32-bit apps that I can still run, including a few that I know I’ll miss this time next year.

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@tjluoma Using the nice script that you provided. Here is my list currently at 285 but still pruning… like reducing programs with similar functionality such as screen capture programs but then the task sends me down several rabbit holes on the best one to select.

1Password
2Do
4K Video Downloader
4K YouTube to MP3
ACDSee Photo Studio 5
ACDSee Photo Studio 6
Adobe AIR Application Installer
Adobe AIR Uninstaller
Adobe Flash Player Install Manager
Agenda
Airtable
Alfred 3
All Things Done
Amazon Photos
Anki
AOUNotificationHistory
AOUSetting
Aperture
Archiver
AutoOnlineUpdater
Ayoa
Backtrack
Bartender 3
Bear
Better Rename 9
BetterTouchTool
BetterZip
Biscuit
Blogo
Book Collector
Bookends
Building Serial Circuits
BusyContacts
calibre
calibre 2
Camtasia 2018
Cappuccino
Capto
Cardflow
CheatSheet
Chronicle
ChronoSync Express
CleanMyMac X
CleanShot X
codelite
Command Center
Commander One
Complete Anatomy
Contacts+
Contexts
Copied
CopyClip
Cronycle
Cuprum
Curio
Curiota
Cyberduck
DaisyDisk
Day One
Daylite
DayMap
Default Folder X
Delineato Pro
Deliveries
DesktopShelves
DEVONthink 3
Disk Cleaner Pro
Document Reader
Drafts
Dropbox
EagleFiler
eDrawings
Ember
Evernote
Evernote Web Clipper
eWallet
ExpressVPN
Fantastical
File Cabinet Pro
File List Export
File Viewer
FilePane
FileShredder
Findings
Flowlist
Flux
Focus
FolderToList
ForkLift
FotoMagico Pro
FreeSpace
GarageBand
Gemini 2
GIF Brewery 3
Gimp-2.10
Google Chrome
Grammarly
Graphic
Habitify
HandBrake
Harvest
HazeOver
Hive
Hocus Focus
Home Inventory
Hook
HoudahSpot
HP Smart
iBeesoft Data Recovery
iBooks Author
iClip
IDrive
iMazing
iMindMap 11
iMovie
Inboard
inShort
IPEVO Annotator
iPhoto
iStat Menus
iThoughtsX
Journaly
Journey
Keep It
Keynote
Kindle
Leaf
Leafnote
Leap
LINE
LiquidText
List My Apps
Live Home 3D Pro
LogiPresentation Uninstaller
LTspice
Luminar
Luminar Flex
Luna Display
Lyn
MacGourmet Deluxe
Mail Backup X
MarginNote 3
Marked
Marvin
MeisterTask
Mellel 4
Memory Clean
Merlin Project Express
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft OneNote
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Remote Desktop
Microsoft Remote Desktop
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word
Milanote
Mindjet MindManager V13
MindNode
Minutes
Miro
Moneydance
Monolingual
Moom
Mousepose
Movie Explorer Pro
Neat® Scan Utility
News Explorer
Notebooks
Noted
Notejoy
NotePlan 2
Noteshelf
Notion
nvALT
Obsidian
Offline Pages Pro
OmniFocus 3
OmniOutliner
OneDrive
OnyX
Opera
P-touch Editor
P-touch Editor
P-touch Update Software
Pages
Papers
Path Finder
PCalc
PDF Expert
PDFpenPro
Photo Mechanic 6
Pins
Pixave
Pixelmator
PixelSnap
Pocket
PopClip
PowerPhotos
PrivacyScan
ProWritingAid
Quicken
Receipts
Reeder
Remote for Sonos
RescueTime
Revisions
Safari
ScanSnapHomeMain
Scapple
ScreenFloat
ScreenFlow 7
Scrivener
Setapp
Shazam
SheetPlanner
Shortcut Bar
Silent Sifter
Skedpal2
Skim
Skitch
Skype
Smart Converter
Snagit 2018
SnippetsLab
Softorino YouTube Converter 2
Sonos
Soulver
Space Drop
Speedtest
Spillo
Spotless
Strike
Studies
Sublime Text
TabLauncher
Tagger
TaggyTagger
Tagr
Taskheat
Taskheat
TeamViewer
Textastic
TextSoap
The Hit List
TheBrain 10
TheBrain 11
Time Doctor
Timing
Tinderbox 8
Tomates Time Management
TouchRetouch
Translatium
Tree
Trello
Trickster
TweetDeck
uBar
UltraCompare
UltraEdit
Ulysses
Unclutter
Unibox
VirusScannerPlus
Visual Studio
Vitamin-R 3
VLC
VueScan
WaitingList
Wake Up Time
WD Discovery
WhatsApp
Witch
WordCounter


World Clock Pro
WorldCard
Woven
Xamarin Profiler
Xee³
XMind
Yep
Yojimbo
Zoom It

Low hanging fruit is duplication with older versions. It seems that CleanMyMac is not doing 100% deletion during uninstalls.

A nice utility is “File List Export” that will read a designated folder then can be exported to Excel for further processing.

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Yikes. 479 for me.

:scream:

This thread should be subtitled “What’s your #AppNum ?”

@quorm

Edit is Done!

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:sweat_smile:. Waiting for the first person to report 4 digit apps

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57 (based on @tjluoma’s terminal command)

And I got everything I need. :slight_smile:

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I guess number is dependent on how many different functions that you are doing. For example, if you do software development you will need Text Editors, IDE, and various code utilities. Notice no games on my computer as I am not a gamer

Personally, I am trying to distill/refine the total list selecting a reduced number of apps for a given functionality and then focus on diving deeper into those apps to get more utilization out of them. Less apps will also mean less maintenance time and/or subscription costs.

Next will be iPhone and iPad which seem to have an app for everything so numbers will be higher.

At the end of the day, I probably will be surprised by the total acquisition cost and recurring. This is a costly hobby but things could be worse if I purchased a sports car or boat. I found it easier to make friends with people that have boats.

302… :grimacing: :sunglasses:

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(I shouldn’t have run that Terminal command.)

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Wow I’m at 187 and that seems like a lot…

@bowline pulls out into the lead … :smile:

:trophy:

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TJ’s method gives me 86 on my MBP, whilst CleanMyMac gives me 90, which is not bad correlation.

I’m really curious if my Mac Mini is much higher.

Only 40 here, you folks make me feel like I’m not even trying :slight_smile:

App List:
1Password 7
Affinity Designer
AirBuddy
AppCleaner
Backblaze
Backup and Sync
Carbon Copy Cloner
Citrix Workspace
DaisyDisk
Deliveries
Developer
Discord
Downie 4
Drafts
Firefox
GarageBand
GoodLinks
iA Writer
iStat Menus
Logi Options
LogiMgr Uninstaller
Microsoft Edge
Microsoft OneNote
MiniPlay
NetNewsWire
Notability
OneDrive
Permute 3
Pixelmator Pro
Safari
Silicio
SoundSource
Spotify
Steam
Textastic
Visual Studio Code
VLC
Wipr
Xcode
zoom

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Well how about our MPU Creators chiming in?

@MacSparky
@ismh
@RosemaryOrchard

I will venture some guesses.

David with streamlined productivity 250

Steven with the collector’s mentality building a separate building to house his collection 350

Rosemary Ms. Automation herself programming away 450

Let’s see if they would like to entertain our curiosity.

So far…

Lowest @Wixtech @ 40

Highest @bowline @ 680