MacUpdate Desktop
MacUpdate Desktop
6.4.1

3.2

MacUpdate Desktop free download for Mac

MacUpdate Desktop

6.4.1
19 December 2018

Search and install Mac apps w/ 1-click and keep them updated.

Overview

MacUpdate Desktop brings seamless 1-click app installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app!

  • 1-Click App Installs - Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.
  • Keep All Your Mac Apps Up-to-date - MacUpdate Desktop scans your Mac for outdated apps and immediately notifies you when a new version is available. Updating your apps is as simple as a single click. Free users can update up to 5 apps during the trail period (MacUpdate Desktop subscribers will want to upgrade to our Desktop membership for unlimited app updates, plus other benefits).
  • Discover and Install New Apps - MacUpdate Desktop features an expanded search feature that offers the ability to search both app titles as well as natural language keywords to help you discover new apps from within MacUpdate Desktop. Try searching "antivirus" or "email" to view relevant apps -- after a 1-click app install, you've got a new app installed and ready to launch, without ever having to leave MacUpdate Desktop.
  • Localization provided for the following languages: English, French, German, Korean, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish

Learn more at the MacUpdate Desktop feature page and become a member today!

What's new in MacUpdate Desktop

Version 6.4.1

Note: MacUpdate Desktop is ready for macOS Catalina

We've fixed some more bugs, updating some settings:
  • Fixed a few crashes
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Eveningclouds
05 December 2019

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Increasingly ridiculous performance issues on the desktop app. I was caught in an endless update refresh, which is typical: always quit and restart the app or the updates won't be current. And now I can't log in to the app, although the password is accepted online. $20 every 6 months for this kind of unreliable and frustrating performace is simply not acceptable. After many years, time to cancel before the next renewal.
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Version 6.4.1
jondurst_1
08 December 2019
I purchased the update and its been four days and I am unable to use it because it wont install. So they have my money and I got nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Version 6.4.1
Eveningclouds
05 December 2019
Increasingly ridiculous performance issues on the desktop app. I was caught in an endless update refresh, which is typical: always quit and restart the app or the updates won't be current. And now I can't log in to the app, although the password is accepted online. $20 every 6 months for this kind of unreliable and frustrating performace is simply not acceptable. After many years, time to cancel before the next renewal.
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Version 6.4.1
1 answer(s)
Viktor MacUpdate
Viktor MacUpdate
06 December 2019
We are very sorry things does not work as expected! Please, contact our support@macupdate.com email address so we can help you out!
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Version 6.4.1
johngitt21
05 December 2019
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Version 6.4.1
Dr-Sparks
02 December 2019
I was a paid subscriber, and after several months I decided not to use MacUpdate Desktop any more, so I didn't renew my subscription. The main reason was that MUD updated programs (and deleted old versions) that were actually updates that had to be paid for. In some cases MUD even installed updates that required newer versions of macOS than the one I used. So MUD caused me considerable consternation and became a nuisance about every time I let it run freely. I now rely on the very welcome emails I receive from MacUpdate every time a program where I clicked "FOLLOW" is being updated. Then I update manually, if I need the update. I miss that button in the new web design.
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Version 6.4.1
2 answer(s)
Viktor MacUpdate
Viktor MacUpdate
03 December 2019
We are very sorry you feel this way about MacUpdate Desktop! There were some temporal issues with macOS version recognition when new versions were coming out (Mojave and Catalina to be specific). Overall, MacUpdate Desktop recognizes what macOS version you have installed on your computer and won't offer you updates for applications, that are not compatible with your older OS. Only if you manually tell it to install an app for newer OS it will do so, but it won't update automatically. The same goes for "paid upgrades" - MUD won't automatically update a paid upgrade application unless you deliberately tell it to.
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Version 6.4.1
Viktor MacUpdate
Viktor MacUpdate
03 December 2019
Re. Watch Lists and the Follow button - current look of MacUpdate.com is not a final revision yet, we are still working on transferring old and introducing new features. The "Follow" button is one of the features we work on bringing back in the near future.
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Version 6.4.1
Frodo-life
01 December 2019
looong term user but not to happy anymore with MUD, first of all don't like the re-designed web site at all, it's less compact and less user friendly in my opinion. Also $40 which is over AU$50 a year is to expensive for what it does. I now switched to MacUpdater which is $10 a year a far more reasonable amount for what it is
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Version 6.4.1
baxsur
26 November 2019
$40/year is too much for what's offered. $20/year would make it attractive for me.
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Version 6.4.1
RobbNashville
23 November 2019
It would not be fair to say that MacUpdate Desktop is useless. It' not — but it definitely falls below what I consider acceptable. There are items listed as programs that are not programs at all. Some programs listed are actually totally different programs. For instance, the list includes a program named "Letters" which turns out to be Apple's "Pages". Not only that — but I actually have a program called "Letters" from BeLight Software — so you can see how that is very confusing. The program hangs when checking for updates frequently. There are other issues — but you get the picture. The program is not ready for primetime. I will not be renewing my subscription. I already had CleanMyMac X, which has a really good updater built in. AND yesterday, I discovered a program called "MacUpdater". This program is flawless as far as I can tell — and everything I had hoped MacUpdate Desktop would be. You won't find MacUpdater listed on this site. Wonder why? Well, the developer has a note on their site which says that macupdate.com has refused to list their program. Hmm — I was always taught that competition is a good thing. This has also reduced my respect for macupdate.com. I don't think I need it anymore.
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Version 6.4.1
1 answer(s)
Viktor MacUpdate
Viktor MacUpdate
26 November 2019
We are very sorry you feel this way about MacUpdate Desktop! We are working on improving our platform every day, but we totally understand if our software is not something you'd like to keep using. If you found a better alternative - that's great, we respect that. Although, I would like to say a few words about MacUpdater. We do not hide the fact that it exists and you are right! Competition is a good thing indeed! That's why there are a lot of review/comments on this page mentioning MacUpdater and as you can see, they're still up on public. We never edit/remove/hide comments or reviews. If someone enjoys a piece of software that is considered our competitor - we are totally fine with it, it's a free market here. Although, how often do you find a Happy Meal in KFC?
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Version 6.4.1
winchester-419
22 November 2019
I have used MacUpdate for a few years but recently it does not function properly - it does not complete downloads for updates - and as such I have lost my faith in the software and will no longer be updating my subscription
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Version 6.4.1
1 answer(s)
Viktor MacUpdate
Viktor MacUpdate
22 November 2019
We are very sorry for this issue, sir! May I ask you to contact our support@macupdate.com address and provide us with additional details about the issue that occurred?
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Version 6.4.1
Gilby101mu
17 November 2019
I have used MU for many years and have been happy with it, so I have renewed again. But this might well be the last time. MacUpdater https://www.corecode.io/macupdater/ is beginning to look like a good (and cheaper) replacement. Has some rough edges, but knows about more apps than MacUpdate.
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Version 6.4.1
Wmud
16 November 2019
I've been subscribing to MacUpdate Desktop since 2010. It's been somewhat useful, but never very reliable. It has not really gotten significantly better since DOUBLING its price! It still misses some app updates, keeps alerting for some that do not really exist, and even more annoyingly continues alerting on some updates after I have actually installed them on first alert. I used to report many of those problems, yet they were hardly ever corrected! Also, MacUpdate started flooding my email with tons of "special" offers and plastering the website with misleading cryptic "Download Now" ads that really were not for the app featured on the page but for dubious other (kind of Trojans) with hyped up capabilities. Fortunately it appears MacUpdate has cleaned up its policies regarding such undesirable phishing-kind of promotions, but overall, the price to quality of service relationship is so high that I have become increasingly hesitant to renew the subscription. Today MacUpdate could not process my purchase through PayPal and asked to try again later ... . These semi-annual renewals are a drag to start with. Why do they STILL NOT support Apple Pay? I’m not opposed to subscription services, but they could at least make them available through the App Store where I can easily get an overview of ALL my subscriptions at any time and don't have to waste time with frequent manual renewals. If MacUpdate were capable to provide more comprehensive and RELIABLE update notifications and reinstate the capability to suppress update notifications for specific versions of an app (which I must keep for a certain reason) until its next release, I think an App Store subscription of $3 per month would be a reasonable deal.
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Version 6.4.1
2 answer(s)
Viktor MacUpdate
Viktor MacUpdate
19 November 2019
We are very sorry you feel this way. We definitely want every user to have the best experience with our platform. I would like to point out to us what kind of "misleading cryptic "Download Now" ads" have you noticed and where exactly?
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Version 6.4.1
Dr-Sparks
Dr-Sparks
01 December 2019
I have seen this inexplicable "Download Now" button several dozen times, after a while I realised it's not valid for the application discussed, but an ad for just about anything. Quite annoying.
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Version 6.4.1