LaunchControl
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LaunchControl is a launchd(8) frontend allowing you to manage and debug system and user services on your Mac. All documented features of launchd(8) are supported. It reports potential problems even before a job is started and makes sure you always create valid configurations.

Sophisticated interface
With LaunchControl you see all services and their respective status at a glance. Invalid services are highlighted and a problem description is provided. You can enable or disable services with a single click. The same goes for loading, unloading and
What's New
Version 1.14.1:
  • [New feature] Warn about too large values in ExitTimeOut, StartInterval, ThrottleInterval and TimeOut
  • [Fix] Problem entering values greater 9999 for ExitTimeOut, StartInterval, ThrottleInterval and TimeOut with specific locale settings
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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LaunchControl User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Donmontalvo reviewed on 05 Mar 2014
Really good stuff!
[Version 1.13.5]


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Fabro reviewed on 03 Feb 2014
Excellent!
I am a BackupLoupe user (also from Soma-Zone) and just gave a try to LaunchControl: this app is very useful and sports a very nice UI, I also like their true old-style shareware model.
[Version 1.13]


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Eddiemp reviewed on 16 Nov 2013
Really great, works as promissed !
Somtimes not entirely clear WHY a command colors RED to point to a failure ...
[Version 1.10.2]

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Soma-Zone replied on 18 Nov 2013
Dear Eddiemp, thanks for taking the time to evaluate our product. Usually the problematic key's config section is colored red. There should also be a red alert symbol in this section. Hovering your mouse cursor over this symbol should give you a short description of the problem. But it seems that this is not what you are seeing.

We'd appreciate if you could contact us at support@soma-zone.com with your specific problem and give us the opportunity to improve LaunchControl and/or the documentation. Thank you!
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Eddiemp replied on 19 Nov 2013
Hi Support, thanks for pointing this out, I did try to click at the red exclamation mark, but that did not work, did not let the pointer stay long enough on it to see the hints ... now it works for me !
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+3

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Svoop reviewed on 04 Nov 2013
Excellent application and great support by the author - a true five star tool!
[Version 1.10.2]


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+3

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Beige reviewed on 08 Oct 2013
Amazing app and amazing support. No need to log out and in again, drag and drop modules and debugging. Really great.
[Version 1.10]


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MisterE commented on 09 Sep 2013
Downloaded 1.9 3 times from the link here on MU and each time the download finished incomplete. When I used the link on Soma-Zone's site it downloaded fine.
[Version 1.9]


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MisterE commented on 27 Aug 2013
From the developer's site, "At soma-zone we don't believe in copy protection. We do believe in honest customers. We don’t spend time implementing some sort of registration or online activation scheme. Our focus is on development of applications that work for you. As a consequence, you will not receive a serial number or license file."

This is such an awesome way to do business that they will get my $ if the app does only 10% of what it claims to. However, I can tell from the thorough description and the comments here that this is probably going to end up as one of my killer apps for system maintenance!

Thank you Soma-Zone!
[Version 1.8]

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West-Bay-G-Man replied on 03 Sep 2013
MisterE,you should have sent the developer an email instead of thanking them this way. The message you quoted is one you only get after you have been honest and paid for the app. Broadcasting this as you have dimwittingly done probably will have the negative effect of taking money out of their pockets.
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MisterE replied on 03 Sep 2013
Well, that's one way to look at it but, I disagree. Look up the extremely successful business model of Paul Feldman who stocked NY offices with bagels paid for on the 'honor system'. It worked *very* well for him.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/06/magazine/what-the-bagel-man-saw.html
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+4
Soma-Zone (developer) replied on 04 Sep 2013
@MisterE: You're welcome. I hope you like LC.
@West-Bay-G-Man: No worries, we've got nothing to hide. This message appears on our shop as well. We just included it in the delivery note because some users missed it and requested their serial after paying.
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+5

+121

Mdognrdog reviewed on 13 Jul 2013
Launchctl is a weird, weird beast. I don't really know why cron supposedly wasn't good enough, but what's done is done.

Since there is no try-then-buy version of Lingon anymore, I gave LaunchControl a try, and it's more than adequate. I wish that when my jobs exited with a bad status, there was an easy way to look at the appropriate error messages, but at least you know where to start looking.

If you write a bunch of scripts, you either a) already know how to use launchctl; or b) need this software.
[Version 1.6.1]

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+4
Soma-Zone (developer) replied on 21 Jul 2013
Move your mouse cursor over the error code. A tooltip will show up explaining what went wrong. Check the section 'What is the recommended way to debug a job?' in the FAQ: http://www.soma-zone.com/LaunchControl/a/FAQ.html
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+10

Doca Cola reviewed on 10 Jul 2013
Finally. A proper alternative to (pre-AppStore) Lingon to edit launch services. It even has way more features than Lingon. That 10 dollars were easily spend just for the effort on making not just an useful software tool, but also giving it a good and easy to understand UI. I am truly impressed. Clearly recommended!
[Version 1.6.1]


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+5

+14

Nolin reviewed on 28 May 2013
I thought this app wouldn't be very useful because if anything goes wrong there is always Activity Monitor to take a look and quit the process. But this app showed me things that I didn't even know were wrong.

More than anything, the developer of this app is one class act. I have to admit I have never felt so happy giving $10 to anybody than the developer of this app.
[Version 1.5]


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LeonBe;mont2070 rated on 03 Mar 2014

[Version 1.13.5]



LonreWang rated on 24 Feb 2014

[Version 1.13.3]



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Runtime rated on 27 Jan 2014

[Version 1.12.1]



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Runtime rated on 20 Jan 2014

[Version 1.12]



cantor rated on 28 Dec 2013

[Version 1.11]



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Jelswort rated on 26 Dec 2013

[Version 1.11]



+10

Nicholas Riley rated on 09 Sep 2013

[Version 1.9]



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hced rated on 28 May 2013

[Version 1.5]



-1

Mjmsmith rated on 06 May 2013

[Version 1.3]



+8

Widber rated on 07 Feb 2013

[Version 1.0.1]


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Date:26 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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LaunchControl is a launchd(8) frontend allowing you to manage and debug system and user services on your Mac. All documented features of launchd(8) are supported. It reports potential problems even before a job is started and makes sure you always create valid configurations.

Sophisticated interface
With LaunchControl you see all services and their respective status at a glance. Invalid services are highlighted and a problem description is provided. You can enable or disable services with a single click. The same goes for loading, unloading and ad-hoc starting. Long list of jobs may be filtered. You find what you are looking for in an instant. But LaunchControl is not just another .plist editor. It provides a dedicated interface for every single launchd(8) configuration key. The interface is adaptive. It displays only information that is relevant for the selected job.

Absolute freedom
While the default editing mode in LaunchControl supports all documented features of launchd(8), you may sometimes need to use unofficial features. Switch to 'Expert Mode' and you're set. Both modes are fully synchronized. Changes in one editor will instantly show up in the other one.

Everything you need
LaunchControl provides everything you need to create, edit, remove or debug launch services. It even includes a log viewer, so you don't have to fire up Console.app and build custom queries.

Discover what's possible
launchd(8) currently supports some 36+ documented keys. LaunchControl makes it easy to discover them. Every key in the palette panel is annotated, so you don't have to consult the man page. Search them by category, name or description. Once found, drag an item from the palette section to the configuration section to add this key.


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