Archived Post

How to tell which macOS apps are 32-bit and which are 64-bit

You’ve probably heard that the next release of macOS is going to require 64-bit apps. If you have older 32-bit apps, the developers will need to update them before then. How do you know which apps are 32-bit and which are 64-bit? 

You could use the included-with-macOS System Information app to determine which of your apps are 64-bit and which are not… But that’s awkward and there is no way to print the list of apps. 

Alternately, you can use the free 32-bit Check application, which lets you save, print, and filter the list. 

It would be better if it had a “Delete” button, but it’s still better than what you get from System Information…  Fortunately, we’ve got at least a few more months before it actually matters…

This nugget of info is from my “Working Smarter for Mac Users” newsletter.  You can sign up for free and get free timesaving tips, and more, every week.

Like this article? Consider supporting Apple World Today with a $5 monthly Team AWT membership.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.