Hide Software Updates from the App Store in Mac OS X
Ignoring specific software updates is a bit different now in OS X Mountain Lion than it used to be now that updates are handled by the Mac App Store. From Mountain Lion onward, if you don’t want to install an update you will need to hide it from being visible.
Hiding Software Updates from the Mac App Store
This works to hide system software updates only, not 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”
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:
Unhide Software Updates in the App Store
- 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.