Mac App Store FAQ

TextWrangler is currently available in the Mac App Store.

BBEdit 11 and later are not available in the Mac App Store; nor is Yojimbo 4.


What if I already own one of these products? Do I need to buy it again?

No, you do not. Your existing license is still valid, and you can continue to use it without having to purchase again from the Mac App Store.

What should I do if an “Application is Damaged” error occurs when I try launching an app?

Please see this article for more information: Resolving ‘Application is Damaged’ errors from the Mac App Store

How do I get updates to the products that I already own? Will updates only come through the App Store now?

We are continuing to prepare and deliver updates as usual for all of our active products. If you are using an application that you purchased from us, you will be notified of updates in that application. You can also check for updates at any time by using the application’s “Check for Updates” command.

If you are using an application that you purchased from the Mac App Store, you will receive notifications and download updates through the “Updates” tab in the App Store application.

I purchased BBEdit from the Mac App Store. How do I upgrade to version 12?

BBEdit 12 is not available in the Mac App Store. We have an upgrade program available for customers who previously purchased BBEdit from the Mac App Store. Go here for details.

I purchased Yojimbo 3 from the Mac App Store. How do I upgrade to version 4?

Yojimbo 4 is not available in the Mac App Store. We have an upgrade program available for customers who previously purchased BBEdit from the Mac App Store. Go here for details.

Why don’t my existing products show up in the App Store’s “Purchases” listing?

The “Purchases” listing only shows products that you bought using the App Store. Products that you’ve purchased directly from us will not be listed in the “Purchases” listing.

Are there any differences between the Mac App Store versions of your software and the versions available directly from your web site?

BBEdit 12 and Yojimbo 4 are available for purchase in our online store but are not currently available in the Mac App Store.

In BBEdit and TextWrangler, authenticated saves (the ability to save changes to files that you do not own) and the command-line tools are not available in the Mac App Store versions, in order to comply with Apple’s submission guidelines.

Authenticated saves: BBEdit 10 includes a scripting attachment point which makes this possible. A script and instructions for installing it are available on this page.

Command-line tools: Any customer who has purchased BBEdit 10 or TextWrangler from the Mac App Store may use the following packages to install the command-line tools on their system. (These packages are only for use with the Mac App Store versions of BBEdit or TextWrangler, and are not suitable for use with directly downloaded versions.)

BBEdit command-line tools installer: download

TextWrangler command-line tools installer: download

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