Can’t reinstall an app from the app store?

I recently manually deleted an application that was installed from the Mac App Store. Now, I want to reinstall it.

I’ve spent about 15 minutes scouring the internet for a solution. I haven’t found one yet. However, if you come across the advice to put the App Store in debug mode using the line:

defaults write com.apple.appstore ShowDebugMenu -bool true
 don’t bother. It doesn’t work in macOS versions Sierra or higher.
You might also come across directions to delete the cache folder located here:

$TMPDIR../C/com.apple.appstore

Nope, that doesn’t work either.

Here’s what ultimately worked for me. This comes courtesy of the website Chris Writes.

  1. Close the App Store
  2. Run the following commands in a terminal
  3. Re-open the app store.
killall storeaccountd
killall storeassetd
killall storedownloadd
killall storeinappd

In his article, he also talks about removing caches associated with those processes. I didn’t have to do this.

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