Lingon
Lingon
3.1.5

4.3

Lingon free download for Mac

Lingon3.1.5

07 November 2020

GUI for creating/controlling launchd config files.

Overview

Lingon lets you run things automatically on your Mac.

Features:
  • Lingon can start an app, a script or run a command automatically when you want
  • You can schedule it at a specific time, regularly or when something happens
  • You can make sure that an app automatically restarts if it crashes
  • Lingon can do all this for you and much more

What's new in Lingon

Version 3.1.5:
  • Universal

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38 Reviews of Lingon

Macmedix
09 July 2013
Version: 3.1.3

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Lingon X is now available from the developer, and it includes all that good stuff you guys are asking for. $10 or $7 upgrade from any Mac App Store version. Hooray! http://www.peterborgapps.com/lingon/
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Macmedix
09 July 2013
Version: 3.1.3
Lingon X is now available from the developer, and it includes all that good stuff you guys are asking for. $10 or $7 upgrade from any Mac App Store version. Hooray! http://www.peterborgapps.com/lingon/
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Fishscale
27 November 2012
Version: 3.1.3
Great developer, excellent communication and support. Unfortunately, as mentioned below, the developer has decided to sell through the Mac App Store exclusively. Selling through MAS brings the developer benefits such as more sales and less work maintaining a registration scheme but really hurts the product and in turn end users. The original Lingon was much more powerful but has been abandoned and removed from MAS. Lingon 3 is a nice app but due to MAS limitations of letting the app access the entire file system users are restricted to creating/editing LaunchAgents in their own ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder instead of being able to visually see and edit items in more critical areas such as their root launchagents and launchdaemons besides all the system agents and daemons. Fortunately, if you were lucky enough to purchase Lingon before it was removed from MAS it still works great on Mountain Lion but the fact that we have to use "dumbed" down software or software that is half as powerful simply because it is only available through MAS doesn't make sense to me. Developers can't offer extremely powerful software, thanks to Apple, simply because indie developers need/want more sales and the publicity that MAS offers. However, I don't see the point in not offering a version available through MAS and a version available straight from the developer that is not crippled to meet submission guidelines. Developers, you still get MAS publicity but your customers that need more out of your software are not left out. I love Peter Borg's software and his customer service but, unfortunately, I can't advise anyone to buy this software. Give your users full software, I don't care if you charge more because you have to deal with an online merchant and licensing company, we understand those costs and will gladly pay them. Final thought on rant, customers, don't support devs who only sell on MAS and deny you all the features you could have in an app but rather show them that offering a non-mas version of their app pays by supporting the developers that make powerful apps with demos that are sold directly by the developer. Just don't buy MAS apps and let this nonsense be the way of the future. I think it comes down to us, end users banding together. The only way we can influence, I hesitate to say force, developers to make non-mas versions of their software is if we show solidarity and no longer support/buy their apps if they are only available through MAS. Nothing drives the message home like a hit to the wallet so don't buy this app, your better off compiling an old open source version of the original Lingon. The GUI may not be as pretty but it's more user friendly and powerful. I will find a copy of the last open source lingon version and post a link here so you all can compile it. I'll post a link in a bit to a compiled version and the actual source.
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Akjim
13 April 2012
Version: 3.1
Selling this ONLY through the app store is another example of short sighted authorship. Consumers BUYING through only the app store are foolish as well. Single source supply through only Apple? What a slippery slope you tread! We need distributed sourcing and we need robust fully functional applications. If you won't provide me these things I'll do without. I hope more people will see the dangers of Apple's app store and opt instead to use Macupdate as their preferred source, and purchase directly from the author. Vote with your money! Excellent program, I will not purchase any upgrades to this or other applications through the apple app store. This is end of life for this application at my location. Revival only possible through a change of policy by the developer.
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ylluminate
02 February 2012
Version: 3.0.2
I realize the author's need to sell this on the App Store, however we really need a "System Lingon" as we had before that will allow management of system launch agents as well.
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Shk747
09 January 2012
Version: 3.0.1
today 09.jan. still no update via appstore!?
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2.5
Psychiatry
06 January 2012
Version: 3.0.1
Lingon is a visual editor for creating and modifying specific PLists called Launch Agents and Launch Daemons. Lingon 2 allows you to modify system Launch Agents and Launch Daemons in addition to creating and modifying your own. It shows the system PLists in addition to your own. It allows you to use the administrator password to modify the system PLists. Lingon2 also has an expert mode which shows the full text of the Plists. This allows you to modify settings which aren't shown in the visual portion of the editor. Lingon 3 only allows you to create and modify your own user Launch Agent and Launch Daemon Plists. It does not allow you to modify the system Plists nor create them. This is a HUGE LOST IN FUNCTIONALITY. Lingon 3's interface has also been dumbed down so much it is laughable. The loss of functionality is very very sad. Lingon 2 is far superior to Lingon 3. Lingon 2 is available for now in the Mac App store for $5 and it worth the price. Unfortunately it won't be upgraded for Lion. But it works for Lion. However, you should check the settings on the expert side to make sure you aren't missing anything and that the visual interface doesn't wipe out some setting. You can use other PList editors and even text editors to modify Plists in general. Lingon 2 and Lingon 3 make the process easier by visually presenting the settings to you.
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BlackMacX
20 October 2011
Version: 3.0.1
Lingon 3 is a great way to schedule things on the Mac for me. I have used Task Till Dawn and wanted to both move away from it (as I wasn't sure it was going to be supported anymore (I have seen that since buying Lingon 3 that TTD has been updated for Lion)) to an application and functionality that was supported by and actively used by Apple. So I bought Lingon, tried it and had issues with the execution of a couple of jobs; Peter Borg was happy and quick in helping me determine the cause of the execution issue (turned out that it was (as far as I could find) not documented in the application (or online) how to call AppleScript files, though I tired every way I knew of); it was that in order to use Applescripts you have to add "/usr/bin/osascript " to your What part of the job; this corrected all my issues and I have stayed with Lingon. I use Lingon to run a daily updater for my iTunes, RSS reader, mail and other such tools as well as a login Applescript that controls the order of my menubar items and also a web browser (and various cache (Flash, etc)) cleaner (for Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Camino) at scheduled times of the date. Could it be better, yes; I have suggested the ability to include in the When section a day of the week function (like in many Cron apps). If it comes, great; if not, I'm fine with that. It isn't a hard app to learn; but it's not for everyone and not for every situation; but I find it useful.
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Pedro-Fardilha
04 September 2011
Version: 3.0
Strange. I bought it some time ago thru MAS mainly as a way to thank the dev for making this great and useful tool. Lingon 3 is not showing as an update but rather as a different app. So aparently there's no way to go from version 2 to version 3 without fully buying it again.
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Donmontalvo
04 September 2011
Version: 3.0
Unexpected surprise, seems to work fine. I'm glad this is being maintained. Don
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ronaldpr
24 July 2011
Version: 2.2.1
Very clean and easy to use interface in Basic Mode and unlimited possibilities in Expert Mode. Uses system's native launchd services only and only in the way Apple designed it to be used (unless you do something very stupid in Expert Mode). It is certainly worth $5. I would have given it 5 stars if it would not have been available only through App Store (which I hate).
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SickTeddyBear
13 May 2011
Version: 2.2.1
Wow. This listing is completely screwed up. Let's hope the admins correct this. There is no demo version. That's an old open source version, and it isn't even the latest one. The related link that says it is for version 1.2.1 actually points to Smultron. This is the correct address for the developer's web site: http://www.peterborgapps.com/lingon/ Version 2.1.1 is the last free version, and the last one for 10.4, 10.5, and PowerPC: http://sourceforge.net/projects/lingon/files/Lingon/2.1.1/LingonSource-2.1.1.zip/download
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Pacman
04 May 2011
Version: 2.2.1
When downloading 'Version 1.2.1 for Mac OS X 10.4.2 or later', I get a copy of Smultron instead (?!??).
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w-craig
15 March 2011
Version: 2.2.1
I just purchased Lingon hoping that I could figure out a way to automount an afs or a cifs on boot. (I need a persistent file mount). I am hoping that someone might have a suggestion about how to go about this? Mac 10.6.6 -------------
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Mu5ti
17 February 2011
Version: 2.2.1
Macupdate link for previous version should be: http://sourceforge.net/projects/lingon/files/Lingon/1.2/Lingon-1.2.dmg/download
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Big-Mac-XXL
08 January 2011
Version: 2.2
Developers are now cashing in once free and open source software. Lingon and Fraise (former Smultron) now went commercial. MacUpdate: change the label Freeware, it is misguiding. Freeware and open source utilities for Mac are dead in a forseeable future. The App Store destroyed them.
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Big77
08 January 2011
Version: 2.2
I'm very pleased to see this being developed again. Launchd entries are not easy to work with -- Lingon almost makes it doable for the rest of us! The developer has outlined his future plans here: http://www.peterborgapps.com/category/news/
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Johnny-Rocket
08 January 2011
Version: 2.2
this is listed as a free app on Macupdate, but it actually costs $4.99 per the App Store
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Awado
07 January 2011
Version: 2.2
Well, i'd love to see the developer getting ALL the money instead of sharing it with Apple. :-(
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Rob-h
07 January 2011
Version: 2.2
I can't find anywhere what the differences are between the free v1.2 you could (still can?) download from sourceforge and the £2.99 v2.2 in the Mac App Store?
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Georg-74
07 January 2011
Version: 2.2
Why is it free here and € 3,99 in the Mac App Store?
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Ryansebiz
03 February 2010
Version: 2.1.1
Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I just couldn't get this software to work. I tried everything but no dice. I switched the Cronnix which did the job right the first time.
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Donmontalvo
25 September 2009
Version: 2.1.1
I've used Lingon for a while now. It's never crashed or stalled, ever. But then I'm not running hacks and system modifications (outside of what Apple "blesses" like launchd and cron stuff). Lingon is an *excellent* launchd GUI solution. Just as an example, it's the preferred launchd GUI for Apple: http://www.seminars.apple.com/seminarsonline/mcx/apple/index.html?s=203&locs=us_en I'm sure someone will pick up development of Lingon...or someone will create a new solution that has the same logical GUI design. Don
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Maruko-Drinking-Team
06 July 2009
Version: 2.1.1
Sorry, but this is just a buggy piece of crap. Used to be good, but now it just basically doesn't work. It doesn't save the data that it shows in the GUI, and therefore it is worse than nothing. I recall this used to work, a couple years ago, but it no longer works on my 10.5.7 Mac Pro. Too bad. I just ended up using BBEdit.
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Zephyris
18 November 2007
Version: 2.0.2
Quick update: Repairing permissions fixed the problem, issue on my end. Works good.
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Zephyris
18 November 2007
Version: 2.0.2
I set it to run on a Sunday fixed time , shell script never ran rebooted as well prior. Script runs manually just fine.
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Zeitkind
27 October 2007
Version: 2.0
Version 2.0 immediately crashes on 10.5 (PPC) here.
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Adi2
19 July 2007
Version: 1.2.1
i get a not available icon on the lingon icon after i unzip the 1.2.1 version. never saw that happen to any app. what could be the problem? it kinda looks like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcummings/838409032/
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Cbx322
12 March 2007
Version: 1.2
Perfect, except one issue: If using without admin-rights, i.e. just for viewing, it keeps asking for credentials, even if you don't wanna change anything. It should only ask for authentication while editing or writing changes.
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Matteth
08 March 2007
Version: 1.2
Saved my day. I needed to keep a script alive on a kiosk-type computer - guaranteed, for a long time. Still works, after six months. If it crashes, it immediately kicks in again, thanks to launchd and Lingon.
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4.5
Fredb
21 October 2006
Version: 1.2
Excellent. Thanks for this app.
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Inik
19 April 2006
Version: 1.1.1
Wonderful program. Making launchd agents isn't for the faint of heart, but Lingon makes it quick and easy. Lingon even takes a stab at making it intuitive, and succeeds as much as they might, given how complex these launchd files can be. Lingon also serves as a wonderful interface to control the under-the-hood daemons and agents that make your Mac do what it does. So far, no crashes, freezes, damaging of my computer (except when I cancelled the loginwindow, but ANYONE could do that!) or anything else. Solid, wonderful, helpful program!
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Simen
26 March 2006
Version: 1.1.1
Nothing to complain about. It is the greatest ! I love launchd :)
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Aname
14 January 2006
Version: 1.1
@ SCHMELDING The word "Lingon" is swedish and it translates into "lingonberry", "red whortleberry" or "cowberry" in english. :) Same goes with the word "Smultron" (as in the name of another application from this developer), which translates into "wild wood strawberry" (or something like that) in english.
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schmelding
05 December 2005
Version: 1.0
Very thankful for this app. But what in the world is that icon?!?!?!
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4.25
Klktrk
01 December 2005
Version: 1.0
This is very nice. The update to 1.0 implements my most desired feature: single authorization! This is a great help. For anyone working with launchd configuration files, whether you love digging through XML-based .plist files or not, this tool can make everything much much easier, and also gives confidence in the validity of the edits I'm making to the files. One really nice thing, too, is the listing of available Daemons, and the display of their status as either disabled or not. Also, it's got quite a nice interface.
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4.75
Anonymous
17 November 2005
Version: 0.9.2
Very promising tool! Very nice. Some thoughts: Lingon should not ask for the admin password every time one clicks on one of the tabs if you only want to read the plists and not to change them. The program should only ask when the user explicitly requests rights to change a file by clicking on the lock symbol (like the system preference panes). It should also not ask for PW every time a plist-file editor is canceld when it was opened in read only mode. Last point: I wonder if it would be better to display the editor in a real window - and not a form-dialog - since the dialog eats a lot of CPU cycles when it is open.
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Anonymous
12 November 2005
Version: 0.9.1
I think this will be a useful utility to have around. One suggestion, can you add an option to authenticate with administrative privileges, perhaps requiring your password only once during a session? As it is now, I have constantly authenticate myself, which becomes an annoyance.
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Anonymous
12 November 2005
Version: 0.9.1
The latest "swedish berry" by developer Peter Borg is a sweet pick. A long time user of cron, I was interested in learning how to use launchd after Apple made it a key tool in 10.4. However, every time I decided to take a look at how to manage it I ended up weighing my experience with cron and crontab against the time it would take to get comfortable with launchd and deciding there was no point in wasting the time. Lingon makes learning about launchd a non-issue. It is simple, easy to understand and assists you with prompts and info just when you need it. It's a nice looking, easy to use, useful application that any Mac fan should have in their Applications folder. p.s. If you like this, check out one of Peter's other apps, Smultron.
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