Namely
Namely
2.5.1

4.9

Namely free download for Mac

Namely2.5.1

20 November 2007

Launch apps by name.

Overview

Namely is possibly the fastest way to open applications. And unlike some other launchers, it doesn't require any learning.

You simply activate it using your preferred keyboard shortcut, start typing part of an application's name and see a list of matches as you type. Most of the time, one or two letters are enough. In fact, Namely learns your habits and makes your most-used apps even quicker to access over time. It's basically Spotlight for applications, only much faster, and highly addictive.

What's new in Namely

Version 2.5.1:
  • Time Machine backups of applications are now automatically excluded.
  • Moving the mouse over an application in the list will once again show its path in a tooltip.
  • Namely now ensures it's fully visible on your screen when launched.
  • Remade the application icon to include high-resolution versions.
  • Updated the appearance of the buttons for adding and removing excluded paths in the Preferences panel.
  • The Preferences panel now has appropriate minimum height and width.

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How would you rate Namely app?

59 Reviews of Namely

Qubex
04 November 2007
Version: 2.5

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Namely is always the first utility I install on any Mac. Its ease of use is simply incredible. It is designed for a single task and it acquits itself flawlessly. Brilliant, simply brilliant.
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5
Jim-Leff
29 May 2015
Version: 2.5.1
If you've tried Launchbar, Alfred, and Butler and found them cumbersome, this one's for you. Namely is lean, simple, quick, effective, and does its one trick very well. Keep it in your dock and add it to your startup items so it's always available (otherwise you'll find yourself wishing for a Meta-Namely to launch or switch to Namely). Works great for me in Yosemite...I don't understand the issue referred to below about localized program names.
(0)
5
antoniong
29 October 2014
Version: 2.5.1
Was a great program until Yosemite. Now it no longer works when the program names are localized. A pity.
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5
Sstoy
21 November 2012
Version: 2.5.1
Agree, stil the best, easiest, fastest, and most simple application launcher. Sets out to do one thing and does it perfectly. I pair it with Dockless so that it invisible.
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5
Yoxi
21 July 2012
Version: 2.5.1
I love this, simple, small, immediate. So pleased it still works after all these years and OS updates :).
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Yoxi
09 June 2010
Version: 2.5.1
Still my favourite launcher, especially once you discover the unique 2-3 letters for each app, very effortless to use. One refinement I'd like, though, is that when I use it to launch hidden/menubar apps, it doesn't fade itself afterwards. If there were some way to fix that, it'd be great (even though all that's needed is 2x Esc to clear it at the moment).
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Xenophile
04 August 2009
Version: 2.5.1
This app is the cat's meow. If only Apple could somehow incorporate it into Mac OS X...
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Drdul
12 January 2009
Version: 2.5.1
My dock's getting full! A request to the developer: can you make Namely a pref pane, and lose the dock icon?
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5
Eldritch
06 December 2008
Version: 2.5.1
This little app is pure simplicity and works like a dream. No clutter, no fuss and no go slow, like some application launchers out there. Intuitive, and easy, the whole process becomes second nature very quickly.
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5
Notefarm
20 October 2008
Version: 2.5.1
This is the program that I have on all of my machines the program I use all day everyday. It works and it wirks very well. It is wonderful ti know that there are folks woriting programs with a real purpouse. I love the fact that it does one thing and it dose it very well with no extra bells and whist les. A very well thought out Application.
(0)
resuna
04 November 2007
Version: 2.5
Why have two versions for Tiger and Leopard? It's not that hard to make code conditional depending on the version.
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Qubex
04 November 2007
Version: 2.5
Namely is always the first utility I install on any Mac. Its ease of use is simply incredible. It is designed for a single task and it acquits itself flawlessly. Brilliant, simply brilliant.
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5
Hal0thane
04 November 2007
Version: 2.5
I've been using Namely for a year and a half. For me, the lightweight functionality of Namely works better than the Swiss army knife-like features of Quicksilver. The new version for Leopard fixes the issues I had experienced with Namely. I still consider Namely a cornerstone of my Mac experience, replacing Spotlight almost entirely.
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Wcitymike
04 November 2007
Version: 2.5
I'm pretty sure Leopard now does this natively.
(0)
5
Drdul
21 August 2007
Version: 2.1
Nice, very nice! Launches most apps by typing just two letters. The annoying dock icon can be eliminated with Dock Dodger or a simple edit of Info.plist. This has now become my preferred way to launch apps.
(0)
Flec65
11 August 2007
Version: 2.1
The developper's site seems down since many days now. Can't download the app, too bad, it seems promising....
(0)
4.25
Pigzelner
29 October 2006
Version: 2.1
Namely is very small and looks very nice, and found my apps/games on my other hard drives with no problems. The bad part is that it lays in the dock all the time (I like to have the Dock as clean as possible and use an application launcher to launch my applications). Well, the overall: it's a very good application launcher! Keep up the great work!
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4.5
john-7
02 September 2006
Version: 2.1
Namely does what it says on the tin. It is very fast and compact. It does however have one problem: The learning algorithm is not sufficient. For example, after typing 'T' a few times and selecting Terminal, it would put Terminal at the top when I typed T. However, if I type 'TE' and select TextEdit a few times, it not will only put it at the top for 'TE', but also for 'T' (meaning Terminal is no longer at the top). Unlike Quicksilver which seems to use one ranking order per input string, Namely seems to use one ranking order for all input strings. This is fine if you're willing to satisfy it by typing until you get to a unique string of characters ('tex' for textedit, 'ter' for terminal), but otherwise you'll get unpredictable behaviour. Hopefully this will be addressed in a future version. For now, I'll stick with Quicksilver.
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Bombadil
22 April 2006
Version: 2.1
Thanks for your reply, but I edited the plist file like you said but it made the search bar window invisible, instead of the dock icon.
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4.75
Bombadil
21 April 2006
Version: 2.1
I love it! I was sceptical because ever since I got Tiger, I've been useing Spotlight for launching apps. But Namely is actually faster and you can choose your favourite aqualicious colour too so it matches the Spotlight menu or your desktop very nicely. Feature request: please make it possible to not have a dock icon when Namely is open. I much prefer just using a keyboard shortcut to bring it up. Keep up the good work!!
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Tekl
30 March 2006
Version: 2.0.3b1
Looks nice, but doesn't remember the favourite applications. If I enter "pho" and select "Photoshop" i want to launch "Photoshop" every time I enter "pho", until I select another app.
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Aetnaria
22 March 2006
Version: 2.0.3b1
Handy little thing. Any chance of having the option to move it to the rightmost region of the top of the screen, rather than smackdab-center of the top?
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4.5
Kemo"
21 March 2006
Version: 2.0.3b1
Great Application but i have Spotlight...
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Mcjules
08 March 2006
Version: 2.0.2
Really easy to use, doesn't need much resources, very good application launcher! And it doesn't get in the way when you don't need it, which is nice.
(0)
4.75
JeePee
27 December 2005
Version: 2.0.2
Simple, fast, great! Thanks!
(0)
5
Anonymous
28 November 2005
Version: 2.0.2
Thanks I love Namely I tried using spotlight but on a 700 emac it is just absolutely to slow, with Namely the applications are there almost immediately.
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Anonymous
25 November 2005
Version: 2.0.2
Excellent. Easy to use, stylish and quick. Thanks!
(0)
5
Anonymous
23 November 2005
Version: 2.0.2
I've been avoiding application launchers, preferring to use aliases, but Namely is elegant simplicity. Kudos to the developer.
(0)
4.75
Anonymous
23 November 2005
Version: 2.0.2
Replaced Quicksilver for me. Does exactly what it's supposed to do, but faster than either QS or Butler.
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Anonymous
19 November 2005
Version: 2.0.1
great little app. I use butler (which is more full-featured) on my everyday user, but namely on my stripped-down music recording/performance user because it is faster and leaner and still gets the job done.
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Anonymous
18 November 2005
Version: 2.0
This is a simple but very useful app
(0)
5
Anonymous
18 November 2005
Version: 2.0
I think this app is better without a dock icon. So I removed the dock icon using Dockless (free) and now I press the shortcut keys if I want to launch namely.
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5
Coy
17 October 2005
Version: 1.6
This is a must have app! I love this thing. For me, it's faster than using Spotlight to bring up an app and I don't have to throw so many things in the Dock. This app is also next to nothing in size by today's standards. I hope it stays that way. One suggestion I have is to add in a feature where I could blacklist apps on the fly right from the list that comes up so I don't have to mess with going into the prefs. Keep up the good work!
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Anonymous
05 June 2005
Version: 1.6
If this was packaged in a Spotlight-esque menu extra with prefs to restrict searches to certain folders. Then it would be perfect. As it is, the searching is instant, but the interface it uses is junk. Hopefully the developer will turn it into a menu extra, it would be sooo great as Spotlight isn't good for searching quickly for specific things.
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4.75
Anonymous
24 May 2005
Version: 1.6
Just download it, you will love it. I cant live without it.
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Anonymous
09 May 2005
Version: 1.6
A fine & usefull application. Namely is very responsive. However I would like it more if it will be part of the menubar and not of the dock. I mean to have a menubar icon which you have to click or to use the shortcut keys to bring up the search field, whitout a dock icon.
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5
Anonymous
08 May 2005
Version: 1.6
very nice
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4.75
Anonymous
01 May 2005
Version: 1.5.1
I use and love - well, really like - Namely. I tried quicksilver, but wanted something simpler. I may end up going to QS later on, but for now, namely fits the bill great! One comment I have is that if you screw up typing and get no results because you type for instance texr instead of text, the app tries to look for apps with that name, and is unresponsive for a few seconds (I have a lot of apps on my machine) until it lets you delete the offending characters and get the app u want. But that's just a little thing. I really like the exclude apps/folders option too.
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4.75
Anonymous
18 March 2005
Version: 1.5.1
This is a great program. It is simple, functional, fast, small, easy to use, free, and reliable. I highly recommend it.
(0)
4.5
Anonymous
28 February 2005
Version: 1.5.1
I'm still using 10.2.8 so I found this to be very useful. Thank you for making it a free release!
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4.75
Ian P
23 February 2005
Version: 1.5.1
This program is wonderful. It raised my productivity more than any other program. I recommend it. (just read the discription of the program, it's cut and dry, but it's works better than you'd think. WAY better. Just try it out!)
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Anonymous
08 December 2004
Version: 1.5.1
This isn't a bad program, but it's entering a niche which already has some very high quality contenders. Most notably, I highly recommend Quicksilver by Blacktree software. It's available here on MU, or at http://quicksilver.blacktree.com . It's free, it has a customizable appearance, and numerous plugins to let it interact with other applications. There are, however, some reasons you might choose Namely over Quicksilver. Notably, Quicksilver requires OS X 10.3, and the final may require 10.4. Also, if you have a older computer, Quicksilver can be a bit slow. (I am not, incidentally, related in any way to the developers of Quicksilver)
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Anonymous
08 December 2004
Version: 1.5.1
It's nice, but metal windows are evil, and when it's Aquafied it looks funky with those thick metal borders. How about an option to eliminate the window decorations completely, reducing it to a kind of pure zen floating input widget (use cmd-drag to move, opt-drag to resize)?
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Anonymous
02 December 2004
Version: 1.5
nice little app but i think it needs some work. if your running konfabulator then you should check out the SearchLite Widget. http://www.widgetgallery.com/index.php?search=SearchLite&x=5&y=14 Very similar functionality but also supports google searching and terminal commands. Also it appears via hotkey and looks soooo much better than a simple window, also, no dock icon :0) maybe the developer of this app should check it out to see how it should be done! ...also, would be better as stand alone app as supposed to konfab widget!
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4.75
Anonymous
02 December 2004
Version: 1.5
I use and like Namely. I've tried the other apps mentioned, but I prefer Namely for a few simple reasons: I want a keyboard means of launching apps in ADDITION to using the mouse/Dock/Finder. I already use iKey for many other automation purposes, so I just want a simple type-and-run app like Namely. As for its being on the Dock itself, I keep the Dock hidden and rarely use it, but I have done a simple tweak to its Info.plist file to remove it from the Dock, remove its menu, and keep it out of the command-tab app switching list. Some may argue about its speed compared to other apps, but it is plenty fast enough for me and it's free.
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5
Anonymous
02 December 2004
Version: 1.5
Great app! It does what it says it will do perfectly. You click the icon or use the hot-key and a window appears. You type some letters from the name of the app you want, and a list appears. Keep typing to narrow it down, or select one with the mouse. Voila. Very fast, very simple, very nice, very free.
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Anonymous
02 December 2004
Version: 1.5
The idea is something I totally agree with. It's just the implementation that is lacking. Activation via MenuExtra and/or key-stroke, and having the search window be a global floating (instead of eating up dock space), and then you'll have something truly useful. Right now it's just a good basic technology demo.
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Anonymous
02 December 2004
Version: 1.5
I would rather recommend we all review the software, namely... well Namely. I'd review it but I'm already using a more advanced program I won't name, just to be different. :)
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Anonymous
02 December 2004
Version: 1.5
I suggest Quicksilver. It's fast and it does everything you can imagine.
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Anonymous
20 November 2004
Version: 1.1.1
Suggest'TigerLaunch'as better app 'Namely's developer has a good concept -- create a workaround for the god-awful "Dock". However, there is a superior execution in a well-designed background app, TigerLaunch 1.02. No typing, no app floating about. It's also freeware. [The app runs fine under 10.2.8. Haven't tried it under 10.3.x. I can wait for 10.4.x] USE: From a complete list of all apps choose only the apps wanted TigerLaunch then implements a pull-down menu with only those names (with icons) you selected. The menu is accessed directly from an "tiger-ish" icon in the menu bar.
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Anonymous
20 November 2004
Version: 1.1.1
Curse the shortcomings of posting systems! The extra two lines I mention in the previous post should look like the following, if you replace these curly brackets with angle brackets, which the macupdate system kindly filtered away into the aether for me last time because it thought it was html tags... {key}NSUIElement{/key} {string}1{/string} {/dict} {/plist}
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Anonymous
20 November 2004
Version: 1.1.1
I love this app! Until yer man adds dock invisibility as an option, you can add it yourself by doing 'edit package contents' and then editing the Namely.app/contents/info.plist file by adding two lines to it so that the last four lines read: NSUIElement 1 then save the file, and then you'll need to drag the app into another folder and back again to clear some cache somewhere before this works... plus only do this if you've got some way of bringing Namely to the front, i.e. with iKey, becausae you've just made it a background app, so it doesn't appear in the 'running apps' list anymore. I now find this is the quickest way to launch apps - use iKey/whatever to call Namely to the front using option-n, then pretty much any app can be found uniquely using four characters max - seeing as you can include spaces, so e.g. Disk Utility is "k u"! Cool...
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4.5
Anonymous
06 September 2004
Version: 1.1
Namely is a wonderful and very handy bit of software. I felt sorry that another reviewer said it "wasted a slot in my dock"; perhaps he misses the point of the app. I have removed most of those apps from the Dock whose names I easily remember, and use Namely alone to open them in a matter of a few keystrokes. It makes my Dock smaller and less cluttered, as it now only contains items I use several times daily, like Mail, Safari, iCal, and so on. I added Namely to my Startup Items, and never quit it; this gives me on-demand fast performance. Thanks Amar, for a great app.
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4.75
Anonymous
01 August 2004
Version: 1.1
Great - now with substring matching! Still getting duplicates of some OSX apps like Safari, Preview, Internet Connect, but to be fair, that sometimes happens in FruitMenu's CMM too, so maybe it's an OSX listing bug?
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4.5
Anonymous
01 August 2004
Version: 1.1
The simplicity and good interface combined have made Namely a good application. Now, serving Jaguar. Thanks Amar.
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Anonymous
29 July 2004
Version: 1.0
Namely only does the Build Ne App List thing automatically the first time you run it - after that, it only does that if you tell it to, so it's very quick once it's been set up. Just to make clear what I wrote below - it lists app names starting with.. and also multiword app names where any word in the name starts with - e.g. PH finds Adobe Photoshop - but I've asked the developer to consider an option to do midword search so that FO brings up TextForge, for example (I can't always remember the whole name of an app - especially all those renamer apps I've tried out!)
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2.25
Anonymous
28 July 2004
Version: 1.0
I ran it and it immediately chewed up gobs of VM, presumably from searching my disk for applications. Took half a minute before I could get control again, only to find that it's using the Metal look (ignoring my Metallifizer prefs) and wasting a slot in the Dock... and Preferences is grayed out. I'm sticking with Butler.
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4.5
Anonymous
28 July 2004
Version: 1.0
It's usually the little brother who wins the princess...;) I think this is great! No more faffing around with menus or CMMs - I've got iKey, so a keystroke brings Namely to the front, and Cmd-H hides it again. It'd be better if it had its own show/hide keystroke prefs for those without e.g. iKey, but it's already pretty fine as it is - especially that it doesn't just show apps where 'name begins with', but does prioritise those whose name DOES begin with... Smart.
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1.5
Anonymous
28 July 2004
Version: 1.0
LaunchBar's poor little brother... L.B. has *all* anyone might ask for with an app launcher.
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4.75
JerryMpls
27 July 2004
Version: 1.0
Huh - what a cool little app. I love it. The only thing I'd ask for is for some preferences so I could have it float on top of other apps or pop up when you click on the desktop, etc. Othewsie -simple, little, different. 5 stars!
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Free

4.9

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later

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