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LaunchBar for Mac

Powerful file/URL/email launcher utility.

$35.00
In English
Version 6.18.5
4.5
Based on 203 user rates

LaunchBar overview

LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name.

You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices, ready to be opened immediately.

Start applications, open documents, invoke system services, compose emails, or navigate the Web-LaunchBar will be your essential servant.

What’s new in version 6.18.5

  • We’ve identified and fixed an issue that caused occasional delays during input for some users running versions 6.18.3 and 6.18.4.

LaunchBar for Mac

$35.00
In English
Version 6.18.5
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

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4.5

(358 Reviews of LaunchBar)

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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Aug 21 2023
6.16
4.0
Aug 21 2023
4.0
Version: 6.16
v6.18 is out. Release notes: "- Automatic Theme Switching: • Added automatic switching between a theme’s dark and light appearance based on the current system appearance. • The desired theme appearance can be chosen in LaunchBar Settings > Appearance. • In addition to automatic switching it’s still possible to choose a fixed dark or light appearance. • The desired appearance can also be chosen in the LaunchBar window. Select a theme (either by browsing the Themes indexing rule or by selecting it directly via abbreviation search), then press Right Arrow (or Space) and choose either Automatic, Light or Dark. • Added dark variants of built-in themes (except for the “Vintage” theme). - Improvements and Bug Fixes: • Improved appearance of sidebar in index window. • Improved caching of applications index for better startup performance. • Improved ranking of system applications when searching via abbreviation search. • Fixed: Sending files to a shortcut (those created in the macOS Shortcuts app) didn’t work on macOS Ventura. This was caused by a bug in the Shortcuts API on Ventura, which no longer accepts multiple files or folders to be sent to a shortcut. As a consequence it’s currently only possible to send a single file or folder to a shortcut via LaunchBar on Ventura. On macOS Monterey it’s still possible to send multiple files or folders. • Fixed a bug causing a file path copied from LaunchBar into a Terminal window to be pasted twice. • Fixed a crash when allowing Calendar/Reminders access after adding or enabling the corresponding indexing rule. • Fixed an issue causing the shadows in a few custom icons to be headed in the wrong direction."
Drtyrell969
Drtyrell969
Feb 20 2023
6.16
0.0
Feb 20 2023
0.0
Version: 6.16
Yeah, gonna need to update those screenshots there. Can't remotely figure out what this app does.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Feb 20 2023
6.15
4.0
Feb 20 2023
4.0
Version: 6.15
v6.16 is out (as of 2022-11). Release notes: • Compatibility with macOS Ventura. • New built-in “Dark Mode On/Off” action. • New built-in actions for converting images into PNG or HEIC format. • Improved Google Chrome Bookmarks and History indexing to support multiple profiles. • Improved application indexing to also include Xcode’s Simulator.app. • Renamed image conversion actions from “Recompress Image” to “Convert Image to JPG”. • Improved icons of built-in actions. • Improved appearance of drag & drop highlight while dragging items onto the LaunchBar window. • Improved browsing of an application’s recent documents to indicate if a document would by default open with a different app. • Fixed indexing of Firefox bookmarks and history. • Fixed built-in “Set Desktop Background” action. • Fixed incorrect display of icons with non-square aspect ratios. • Fixed a layout issue in the Options pane of the index window. • Changed keyboard shortcut of “Open in Action Editor” from Command-Return to Shift-Command-E. • Dropped support for Chromium and Opera web browsers. • Removed “Lock Screen” and Fast User Switching actions on macOS Big Sur and later, because macOS has removed the ability for third party apps to trigger these functions.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
May 14 2021
6.13.1
4.0
May 14 2021
4.0
Version: 6.13.1
v6.14.1 is the current version as of March, 2021. The Release Notes can be found here: https://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar/releasenotes.html
daveyarddave
daveyarddave
Feb 5 2021
6.13.1
5.0
Feb 5 2021
5.0
Version: 6.13.1
Lots of features that are too advanced for me, but the ability to move, copy, or make alias of files with just a few keystrokes is easy and useful on a daily basis. The Clipboard History and ClipMerge feature (copy multiple time to the same clip so you only have to paste once) is also great when needed. That's just a fraction of what this can do, but it's enough for me. It’s replaced CopyLess, DropZone and Spotlight for me - I love it.
mugsuk
mugsuk
Nov 5 2023
6.18
5.0
Nov 5 2023
5.0
Version: 6.18
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Feb 20 2023
6.15
4.0
Feb 20 2023
4.0
Version: 6.15
Randommac
Randommac
Aug 22 2021
6.14.1
5.0
Aug 22 2021
5.0
Version: 6.14.1
daveyarddave
daveyarddave
Feb 5 2021
5.0
Feb 5 2021
5.0
Version: null
bobembry
bobembry
Sep 1 2020
5.0
Sep 1 2020
5.0
Version: null
JamesHarrisPhoto
JamesHarrisPhoto
Sep 1 2020
5.0
Sep 1 2020
5.0
Version: null
Macbookpro
Macbookpro
Sep 1 2020
5.0
Sep 1 2020
5.0
Version: null
Penguirl
Penguirl
Jan 28 2020
5.0
Jan 28 2020
5.0
Version: null
Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
Dec 16 2019
5.0
Dec 16 2019
5.0
Version: null
OJB
OJB
Dec 12 2019
5.0
Dec 12 2019
5.0
Version: null
Edelheid
Edelheid
Jul 4 2019
4.0
Jul 4 2019
4.0
Version: null
tinani
tinani
Jun 20 2019
2.5
Jun 20 2019
2.5
Version: null
Bleech-Jef
Bleech-Jef
Apr 28 2019
5.0
Apr 28 2019
5.0
Version: null
macuserbob
macuserbob
Apr 25 2019
2.5
Apr 25 2019
2.5
Version: null
xikc
xikc
Apr 12 2019
3.5
Apr 12 2019
3.5
Version: null
Ervins Strauhmanis
Ervins Strauhmanis
Feb 5 2019
5.0
Feb 5 2019
5.0
Version: null
ygfz
ygfz
Jan 31 2019
5.0
Jan 31 2019
5.0
Version: null
DragonMaster
DragonMaster
Aug 23 2018
3.5
Aug 23 2018
3.5
Version: null
soniccat
soniccat
Aug 19 2018
5.0
Aug 19 2018
5.0
Version: null
ray-brooks
ray-brooks
Jun 10 2018
4.5
Jun 10 2018
4.5
Version: null
Mikmaksen
Mikmaksen
Nov 10 2017
3.0
Nov 10 2017
3.0
Version: null
giovanni.tuzzato
giovanni.tuzzato
Mar 23 2017
3.5
Mar 23 2017
3.5
Version: null
Josh Helfferich
Josh Helfferich
Jul 7 2016
5.0
Jul 7 2016
5.0
Version: null
Zar
Zar
Apr 19 2016
5.0
Apr 19 2016
5.0
Version: null
Jab415
Jab415
Oct 28 2015
5.0
Oct 28 2015
5.0
Version: null
Stormchild
Stormchild
Oct 12 2015
5.0
Oct 12 2015
5.0
Version: null
phoibos
phoibos
Oct 11 2015
4.5
Oct 11 2015
4.5
Version: null
garagethrash
garagethrash
Sep 2 2015
4.5
Sep 2 2015
4.5
Version: null
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
Jun 28 2015
1.5
Jun 28 2015
1.5
Version: null
ottffssentz
ottffssentz
May 3 2015
5.0
May 3 2015
5.0
Version: null
TCalhau
TCalhau
Mar 6 2015
4.5
Mar 6 2015
4.5
Version: null
Wts
Wts
Jan 14 2015
5.0
Jan 14 2015
5.0
Version: null
Bogumił
Bogumił
Dec 16 2014
5.0
Dec 16 2014
5.0
Version: null
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Dec 16 2014
0.5
Dec 16 2014
0.5
Version: null
Stewartroger
Stewartroger
Dec 16 2014
5.0
Dec 16 2014
5.0
Version: null
Buegelfrei
Buegelfrei
Nov 24 2014
5.0
Nov 24 2014
5.0
Version: null
Kgx
Kgx
Oct 17 2014
5.0
Oct 17 2014
5.0
Version: null
Bloomsday
Bloomsday
Oct 6 2014
3.0
Oct 6 2014
3.0
Version: null
Kastorff
Kastorff
Oct 1 2014
5.0
Oct 1 2014
5.0
Version: null
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
Sep 25 2014
5.0
Sep 25 2014
5.0
Version: null