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Chapter 5. Applications and Utilities > Installing Applications

5.2. Installing Applications

Because each Mac OS X application keeps itself and all its resources inside a single bundled (see Section 2.8, in Chapter 2), installing them onto a local hard disk is often just a manner of dragging an application icon from its original medium (such as a CD-ROM or a mounted disk image) into the Applications folder (/Applications).

Theoretically, you can install an application anywhere on the filesystem, but the system's application database won't automatically register it unless you place it in one of the system's predefined Applications folders (either /Applications, or ~/Applications). If you have administrative privileges and wish to make an application available to all the Mac's users (or if you are the Mac's sole user), you should install applications in /Applications (the one that the Finder's Applications Sidebar button leads to). To make an application accessible to you alone, place it in an Applications folder within your Home folder (creating it first, if necessary).


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