Installed application does not show in Applications folder

by Sourabh

If you want to know why installed applications does not show in application folder then keep scrolling here we have listed out the step-by-step procedure to solve your issue. It may appear that some programs have vanished from the Finder, and you may be wondering what caused this issue. In this article, I’ll explain what’s going on and what you can do to restore your apps to the Applications folder and Finder.

What is the purpose of the Applications folder?

The Applications folder is a handy location to keep all of your software. This directory contains files with extension. On your Mac, this folder was pre-created. Apps in this folder will appear in Launchpad as well. The Utilities folder is also in your Applications folder, and it contains apps like Activity Monitor, Terminal, Network Utility, and others. On your Mac, there are two application folders:

  1. /Applications is the root level (available to all users).
  2. /Users/username/Applications is the user level (availablele to the user only).

In Finder, navigate to the following directories:

  1. Launch the Finder.
  2. Click on Go from the top menu bar.
  3. Select Computer.
  4. Double-click your disk, for example, Macintosh HD.
  5. The root-level Applications folder should be visible here under Macintosh HD.
  6. Open Users, then your username folder, to access your user-level Applications folder. The Applications folder will be visible here.

Did you save the app to your Applications folder?

Applications downloaded and installed from the Mac App Store are saved in the Applications Folder. However, you can also get programs from other places, such as third-party websites. You can, for example, get the Chrome app from Google’s website. If you opt to download apps from the Internet, only utilize the official website of the app.

You’ve probably observed this: When you install an app or game from an external source, you may be prompted to move it to the Applications folder during the installation process. Some programs will do this for you automatically, while others will not and will require you to do so.

For example, if you download Chrome from, the URL will be

, a dmg file (e.g., googlechrome.dmg) will be downloaded to your Downloads folder.
After downloading, double-click it to launch the installation. You might be requested to copy the app to your Applications folder as well:

As a result, it is conceivable that the program was never installed in your Applications folder. As a result, you should check your Downloads folder. It could still be there.

Folders for applications

As previously established, there are two Applications directories on a Mac. One is in the user’s Home directory (/Applications/); these apps are only for the user. The other is at the root level (/Applications/); these apps are visible to everyone who is logged onto the Mac. Your home folder is denoted by a tilde ().

I’m aware that some apps may be installed in your Home directory and hence unavailable when you open a Finder window and select Applications. Check both of these folders if you can’t find the app. Here’s how to get to them:

  1. Launch the Finder.
  2. Select Go to Folder from the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  3. For the user’s Applications folder, type /Applications/.
  4. Alternatively, for the system Applications folder, enter /Applications/.

Use Terminal to launch the app

You can also use Terminal to open your apps as an alternative method. Simply enter the following command: open -a [Appname]. For example, to launch FaceTime in Terminal, type: open -a FaceTime. Terminal can be accessed via the Utilities folder within your Applications folder, or by pressing Command–Space Bar and typing terminal into Spotlight.

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