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MacUpdate Logo
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Download website
Registration Optional
Owner Joel Mueller
Launched 1996
Alexa rank
negative increase 9,419 (April 2014)[1]

MacUpdate is an Apple Macintosh (desktop) app/software download website, started in the late-1990s. As of summer 2009, it is the 114th fastest growing privately owned company in the USA, according to Inc. Magazine, which lists MacUpdate as the #1 fastest growing company in Michigan, and the 5th fastest growing retail company in the United States. It has been featured in several magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, USA Today, Detroit News & Free Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Macworld and MacLife.

MacUpdate is updated daily, listing the newest updates and releases of Macintosh software for the Mac OS X operating systems. It does not list Microsoft Windows or Linux software, although it does list some software that has been ported from Linux and requires Apple's X11 environment. The website is free to use with or without signup. A membership service is also available that offers users expanded services such as email notifications, watch lists, daily email newsletters, and the ability to rate and review software, and discounts on software sales through their MacUpdate Promo website.[2]

In 2007, MacUpdate launched the MacUpdate Promo website, which offers a Macintosh application (or bundle of applications) at a discount; most deals are offered for only 24 hours. MacUpdate Promo also sells software bundles three or four times a year, which include 10 or more Mac applications for one low price usually around 90% off.

In July 2014 MacUpdate launched a new version of its MacUpdate Desktop (version 6) application which enables members to automatically update all of the software on their Mac, leveraging the large MacUpdate software database. MacUpdate Desktop is a freemium app, offering any user up to 5 free updates per month at no charge. Users who wish to receive unlimited updates can do so for $20 per year. In November 2014 MacUpdate Desktop was updated (version 6.0.3) to include app discovery and single click installation inside the Desktop 6 application. MacUpdate also provides another paid membership option, which they call promo membership– this provides unlimited Desktop 6 as well as additional promo purchase incentives.


All of the software on MacUpdate is organized into 10 categories, each with additional sub-categories:

  • Business
  • Dashboard
  • Development
  • Drivers
  • Education
  • Games
  • Home & Personal
  • Internet
  • Multimedia & Design
  • Utilities

Additionally, software may be filtered by license:

  • Free
  • Shareware
  • Demo
  • Updater
  • Commercial


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Sebastian. " – Apple Macintosh Software & Downloads". Killer Startups. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 

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