How to identify the Bundle ID for macOS and iOS applications

It’s time for an adventure in app bundle identification!

As a Mac admin there are times where you need to find the Bundle ID of a macOS or iOS application. This might be for an app config, if you’re blocking an app by its bundleid (oftentimes more reliable using a file path), or if you’re configuring PPPC Profiles for an application..

Finding macOS App Bundle IDs

Method 1 – Using Terminal

Finding an app’s Bundle ID on the mac is pretty straight forward. All you have to do is open Terminal and enter the following command:

codesign -dr - /path/to/

Pro Tip: You can drag and drop your app into Terminal right after the codesign -dr – to get the full path of the application.

It will spit out both the certificate leaf and the Bundle ID. I mention this method first because usually when admins are trying to look up a Bundle ID it’s for creating a PPPC Profile, and that usually requires the certificate leaf as well.

In the example output below I can see the Bundle ID for Brave Browser is com.brave.Browser

Everything past the designated => will be your certificate leaf which you’ll need if you’re building a PPPC (Preferences Policy Control) Profile.

$ codesign -dr - "/Applications/Brave"

Executable=/System/Volumes/Data/Applications/Brave Browser
designated => identifier "com.brave.Browser" and anchor apple generic and certificate 1[field.1.2.840.113635.] /* exists */

Method 2 – Info.plist

You can also find an app’s Bundle ID by inspecting its package contents. Right-click on the app you want to retrieve the bundle ID for and choose Show Package Contents.

Inside the Contents folder is an Info.plist. This will contain a CFBundleIdentifier key containing the Bundle ID in its key value.

If you want to script the identification of a Bundle ID, you can also read the CFBundleIdentifier key value pair with a piece of code using something like PlistBiddy or other tools that can read plists:

$ /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c 'Print CFBundleIdentifier' "/Applications/Brave"


Finding iOS App Bundle IDs

What about iOS/iPadOS/tvOS Apps though? Finding the bundle ids for those doesn’t have to be hard. The easy way is to use one of the following websites:

If you can’t find what you’re looking for using the above options, you may have to look for the Bundle ID yourself. Navjot Virk has a great post on how to find a bundle ID of an iOS app.