How to find all the 32-bit applications installed on our Mac

MacOS High Sierra

If you read us regularly, surely you should already know that macOS High Sierra will be the last version that is compatible with 32-bit applications, in a movement that reminds us of the one Apple made with the launch of iOS 11, a version of iOS that no longer allows us to install 32-bit applications.

If we have updated from iOS 10 to iOS 11, and we had a 32-bit application installed, it has stopped working. The same thing that happens with the transition from iOS 10 to iOS 11, will happen with the launch of the next version of macOS, the next one to macOS High Sierra. If we want to be forward-looking, we should go checking which of the applications that we have installed and we use regularly are still only compatible with 32 bits.

To this day, in the Mac App Store we can find a large number of applications that still only offer 32-bit support, and it is likely that we use more than one. If we do not want to be surprised with the launch of the next version of macOS and that we see that the application stops working completely, it is a good time to Check which applications do not offer 64-bit support.

And I say that it is a good time, because this way we have more than enough time to be able to look for alternatives that do have 64-bit support, if the application we use is not currently. Before we wait for it to be too late, the best thing we can do is to check which ones have 64-bit or only 32-bit support to contact the developer and see if they plan to update it.

32-bit applications installed on the Mac

32-bit applications not compatible with 64-bit installed on the Mac

  • Holding down the Optión / Alt key on our keyboard, we go to the upper menu of the apple and click on System information
  • Then in the left column we go to Software and click on Applications.
  • After a few seconds, in the right column, all the applications installed on our Mac will be displayed. In the last column, 64 bits, YES will be displayed if the application supports 64-bit. If it is not 64-bit compatible, the value NO will be displayed.

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  1.   xime said

    That window does not appear. When I press the apple button the first option is "About this Mac" and what it opens does not look like that. How can I determine which applications are 32 bits?