I've purchased and installed Textual from the App Store, however it doesn't appear in my Application folder and I can not find it. The App Store insists it's installed.

Textual in Mac App Store shows Installed

Searching Applications for "Textual"

I'm scratching my head - I can't find any reference to the application at all anywhere on the computer.

  • If you had the trial installed (e.g. extracted into Downloads folder) that's where App Store may have installed the full version. – Daniel Beck Jul 29 '14 at 15:55
  • @DanielBeck - that was it! I was running a less legitimate copy previously (not in the Applications folder) and it appears to have overwritten this old copy. Please feel free to post this as an answer and I will mark it as such. OSX is a very puzzling OS – Andrew White Jul 30 '14 at 10:44

When downloading an app from the App Store, it replaces any previous instances of the application, if available. So you probably have a copy of Textual somewhere, and it got replaced.

In my case, I used the trial for a day or so, and it was stored in ~/Downloads. That was replaced by the copy from the App Store when I bought it.


Embrace the command line...

find / -type d -name Textual.app -print

And let the truth be known!

This will use the find command to scour your disk from the root for a folder called Textual.app. You may need to modify the folder argument to something like Textual* or -iname *textual* (for a case insensitive search). Good luck.

  • Sorry, should I have mentioned I did this. I'm a sysadmin and I use find daily. Unfortunately nothing showing up. Tried as root and local user – Andrew White Jul 28 '14 at 9:54
  • @AndrewWhite, if the App Store says it's installed then there should be a folder called "_MASReceipt" beneath the App/Contents folder. This contains the credential info for what ID was used to install an app. Use find to search for _MASReceipt and hopefully you'll see it. – SaxDaddy Jul 28 '14 at 19:11

Try resetting the Mac App Store.

  1. Enable the debug menu and restart the Mac App Store.

    defaults write com.apple.appstore ShowDebugMenu -bool true
  2. Choose the Reset Application option.

    App Store Debug Menu

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