Hide Software Updates from the App Store in Mac OS X
Ignoring specific software updates is a bit different now in modern versions of OS X now that updates are handled by the Mac App Store. From OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion and onward, if you don’t want to install an update you will need to hide it from being visible within the Updates tab of the App Store itself. This differs from using the old ignore approach offered before the App Store began handling all updates available to the Mac operating system. Ultimately the new ignoring updates option is quite easy to use however, so you won’t find it difficult to either hide or later unhide any given update available to OS X this way.
How to Hide Software Updates from the Mac App Store
This works to hide system software updates to OS X only, not specific individual app updates:
- From the Mac App Store, look under the “Updates” tab
- Right click on an item under the Software Update list and choose “Hide Update”
This works to ignore entire system software updates, even major versions like Yosemite, or minor point release updates of OS X system software too.
And of course you can hide the updates that don’t apply to you using this method as well, like some of the more obscure updates that are pushed to all Macs despite not necessarily applying to all Mac users.
The update will disappear from the list found in App Store Updates.
If you have second thoughts and want to show all the available updates again though, it’s not too difficult to undo your action and reveal all updates available to OS X again:
How to Unhide Software Updates in the App Store of OS X
- From the Mac App Store again, pull down the “Store” menu and select “Show All Software Updates”
- Now quit and relaunch the App Store to find all updates available again under the “Updates” tab
With the updates list refreshed you will find all the available software updates available again.
Hidden updates are also always visible from the command line, if you’d rather install them outside of the App Store you can do so.
As mentioned above, this hide/unhide ability only applies to system software updates and updates from Apple for core services. There does not appear to be a way to hide updates from third party apps or developers, which could be frustrating if you’re trying to avoid a certain update from installing.
Unfortunately, you can’t hide updates from third party apps, if you want to stop seeing those you’ll need to uninstall the application from your Mac completely.