Core Shell – Difference between Codinn Store, App Store and Setapp versions

Core Shell is available on the Codinn Store, the App Store, and Setapp. These platforms differ in pricing, billing, permitted features of Core Shell and other aspects.

Pricing and purchase options

Codinn Store App Store Setapp
Pricing Core Shell on the Codinn Store Core Shell on the App Store Core Shell on the Setapp
Free Basic Free Basic license with no time limitation Free Basic license with no time limitation Free 7-day trial with no limitations in functionality
Free upgrade + + +
Number of devices
  • 1 Mac by default
  • Extra devices available
Your Apple ID devices
  • 1 Mac by default
  • Extra devices available
  • Family and Team plans are available
For businesses Volume puchase Setapp for Teams

App Store version of Core Shell

The App Store version of Core Shell slightly differs from Core Shell on the Codinn Store and Setapp. If you notice that your Core Shell lacks some features promoted on our website, that's most likely because you got the app from the App Store. Apple has strict application review guidelines and doesn't allow some of the Core Shell features. For that reason, we revised and limited several Core Shell functions in its App Store version.

Why does the App Store restrict Core Shell features?

The fact that some Core Shell features aren't available on the App Store doesn't mean they're harmful or illegal. The App Store tries to protect your Mac from malicious software by limiting some privileges for all installed applications. But this approach also imposes unnecessary restrictions on safe activities, like open local shell, access authentication agent (e.g. ssh-agent, gpg-agent), read system configurations and other advanced features. Such limitations are why Core Shell cannot have some features in its App Store version.

Note: Core Shell from the Codinn Store and Setapp has all its native features and yet remains absolutely reliable and secure for your computer. Read topic Privacy Policy / Core Series Apps.

Features of Core Shell that aren't available from the App Store

You won't find the following features of Core Shell in its App Store version since their functionality is not allowed:

  1. Open local terminal window / tab

  2. Access authentication agent (e.g. ssh-agent, gpg-agent)

  3. Reuse of /etc/ssh_config and ~/.ssh/config

  4. Reuse of /etc/ssh/ssh_known_hosts and ~/.ssh/known_hosts

  5. X11 forwarding

  6. Set one of following ssh directives:

    • ProxyCommand
    • ProxyUseFdpass
    • UserKnownHostsFile
    • CertificateFile
    • IdentityAgent
    • IdentityFile
    • Include
    • ControlMaster
    • ControlPath
    • ControlPersist
    • LocalCommand
    • PermitLocalCommand
    • PKCS11Provider
    • SecurityKeyProvider
    • XAuthLocation
    • KnownHostsCommand

Transfer your Premium license between versions

Premium licenses purchased on the App Store can be migrate to Codinn Store version of Core Shell, follow these steps:

  1. Open App Store app and update the latest Core Shell (version 3.8.6+).
  2. Select Settings… from main menu, and navigate to Go Premium, make sure you have a valid license; if not, click Restore Purchases.
  3. Download and install Codinn Store version of Core Shell.
  4. You should have purchased App Store Premium License already activated on Go Premium panel.