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LaunchBar
LaunchBar
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LaunchBar free download for Mac

LaunchBar

Version 6.15

Powerful file/URL/email launcher utility.

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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 6.15

Updated on Dec 14 2021

Version 6.15:
New Features:
  • Added support for shortcuts defined in the Shortcuts.app of macOS Monterey. Those shortcuts are indexed automatically and can be conveniently invoked from LaunchBar. If a shortcut requires text input, this text can be entered after pressing the Space bar or via Send-to.
  • Added „Giphy GIFs" search template to search for GIFs on giphy.com.
  • When the Safari History indexing rule is selected in LaunchBar, pressing Command-Return now invokes the new "Show History in Safari" action, which opens the History page in Safari.
  • Added a new "iOS Applications" category containing all iOS apps that can be run natively on Apple Silicon Macs.
Appearance:
  • The overall appearance has been improved and modernized in many areas of the application.
  • Dozens of newly designed or refined icons, meticulously fine tuned to be pixel aligned for a super crisp look.
  • Most categories now have dedicated icons instead of the generic cardboard box symbol.
  • Refined appearance of many UI elements.
  • Refined appearance of built-in Themes.
  • The text cursor shown during text input is now more pronounced for better visibility.
Improvements:
  • Improved Instant Open behavior of indexing rules. For example, when you type EM to select the Emoji indexing rule and keep the M key pressed to trigger Instant Open, you now immediately get to the list of all Emoji symbols.
  • The Quick Look preview panel is now closed automatically when pressing Tab to invoke Send-to.
  • Improved support for 1Password.
  • Improved DuckDuckGo action for better compatibility with macOS Monterey.
  • Improved item list drawing performance.
  • Improved algorithm for determining plural forms used in category names.
  • Excluded duplicate Siri.app entry in applications index.
  • Script based custom actions that are selected in LaunchBar can now be opened in Action Editor using the new "Show in Action Editor" command from the context menu or by pressing Command-Return.
  • Improved layout of index window. The „Add Indexing Rule" button has been moved to the bottom of the sidebar of the index window.
Bug Fixes:
  • The "Skip Subfolders" indexing option is now properly considered for file packages when the „Search file package contents" option is turned on.
  • Fixed: The color of Finder tags was no longer shown on macOS Monterey.
  • Corrected capitalization of some Emoji names.
  • Fixed: After invoking the "Clear Clipboard History" or "Clear Recent Items" actions, Instant Send was wrongly offered.
  • The "Mobile Phone" icon was too large in a pop-up menu of the Preferences window.
  • Fixed: Some icons were drawn with a shadow heading in the wrong direction.
  • Fixed: Thin grid lines in the search result list were not properly updated on selection changes.
  • Corrected text color in Usage window (some labels became invisible in Dark Mode due to their white text color).

Information

License

Shareware

Size

18.7 MB

Downloads

189320

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.14.4 or later
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LaunchBar qualities

Value
5.0
Ease of use
5.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
5.0
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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
May 14 2021
6.13.1
0.0
May 14 2021
0.0
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.
Randommac
Randommac
Oct 8 2020
6.13.1
5.0
Oct 8 2020
5.0
Version: 6.13.1
It is so quick and agile and integrated into my workflow, I hardly realize I'm using until I try to work on a Mac that doesn't have it installed. I believe it is possible to get work done without it, but I'd rather not have to find out. It's one of 2 or 3 apps I have to have.
bobembry
bobembry
Sep 1 2020
6.13
5.0
Sep 1 2020
5.0
Version: 6.13
Makes life easier. I use it about 50 times a day.
JamesHarrisPhoto
JamesHarrisPhoto
Sep 1 2020
6.13
5.0
Sep 1 2020
5.0
Version: 6.13
I have used Alfred, Quicksilver, Butler, and a host of other application launchers over the years, and LaunchBar is still the best. And it's the only one I've used where you can assign your own custom letters to type when launching an app.
Macbookpro
Macbookpro
Sep 1 2020
6.13
5.0
Sep 1 2020
5.0
Version: 6.13
Great...Glad they updated it to be compatible with Big Sur!
Penguirl
Penguirl
Jan 28 2020
6.12
5.0
Jan 28 2020
5.0
Version: 6.12
My most important utility, it saves me time and my sanity. Without LaunchBar I might as well be using a hammer and chisel. TBH, it does more than I know how but I'm okay with that.
Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
Dec 16 2019
6.12
5.0
Dec 16 2019
5.0
Version: 6.12
I've been using it for many years now, and it has not let me down. Extremely useful and versatile. I will buy another licence, no questions asked, even if it cost twice as much as the current price. It's a bargain at $31.60 as far as I'm concerned.
OJB
OJB
Dec 12 2019
6.12
5.0
Dec 12 2019
5.0
Version: 6.12
Essential program for me. I use it for most searches because I usually want to search on filenames, not contents. I find it more predictable and useful than Spotlight. Also, the clipboard history features is fantastic. I find going back to computers without this feature quite frustrating! Two very minor problems: sometimes it hangs up briefly (just a few seconds) when searching, and I can't search while it's reindexing.
tinani
tinani
Jun 20 2019
6.11.1
2.5
Jun 20 2019
2.5
Version: 6.11.1
Good software but sometimes difficult to understand. Documentation is not good. KB only exists for Launchbar 5, most of it is valid, but there is no search functionality. Forum no longer usable for new questions since the forum is now read-only due to spam issues: https://forums.obdev.at/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=11970 So it's quite complicate to learn more about this software. That's not good.
droscar
droscar
Apr 26 2019
6.11
5.0
Apr 26 2019
5.0
Version: 6.11
The latest version is 6.11.1. You can modify the download link for version 6.11.
xikc
xikc
Apr 12 2019
6.10
3.5
Apr 12 2019
3.5
Version: 6.10
Really like the software. But customer support is close to non-existant. Wrote in about an issue I was seeing with files on a NAS not being automatically found by LB. No response for a while. Then info supports wants to check with development and then never heard back. Unclear if there is now an open feature request or not. Will the problem be solved? Is it even solvable on the side of LB? I don't know. Will I ever know? I am not sure.
Moogan
Moogan
Dec 24 2018
6.9.5
0.0
Dec 24 2018
0.0
Version: 6.9.5
6.10 has been released, 24 Dec 2018
DragonMaster
DragonMaster
Aug 23 2018
6.9.5
3.5
Aug 23 2018
3.5
Version: 6.9.5
Many people will find LaunchBar to be complicated to activate and fully access. There is a very inexpensive alternative (99 cents on the App Store) called Launch Bar. It is extremely easy to use and highly functional. You can create an unbelievable array of ways to access folders, launch apps etc through menus or launchers on the Menu bar on your monitor. It is so simple that you can tell it to copy everything from the Dock and those apps and folders are instantly installed in the menu bar. You can arrange the order you want them in by holding the Command Key and Dragging the apps icon to wherever you want it. The same can be done for any folder. Icons can be changed to whatever you want to use. Not bad for a 99 cent alternative to LaunchBar which by the way is fine but too expensive tool
soniccat
soniccat
Aug 19 2018
6.9.5
5.0
Aug 19 2018
5.0
Version: 6.9.5
Great app. I've using it everyday for about 5 years.
LeroyMorrison
LeroyMorrison
Jun 9 2018
6.9.5
0.0
Jun 9 2018
0.0
Version: 6.9.5
Why would I want to use this over Alfred? Alfred is free and doesn’t cost money.
Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
Mar 16 2018
6.9.4
5.0
Mar 16 2018
5.0
Version: 6.9.4
Running High Sierra (10.13.3), LaunchBar 6.9.4 here. I've been using LaunchBar since around 2002, way before Apple came up with Spotlight search. It is one of the most essential third-party utilities on my Mac. I tend to steer clear of "system enhancement" utilities for many reasons, but I consider this one an excellent exception to the rule.

I like that it is just a stand-alone, standard Mac app that doesn't tweak the system unnecessarily. I love how it requires almost no maintenance hassle. I like how it is not fiddly. I love that it adjusts to my habit, not the other way around like most other apps. And I love how it's minimalist on the surface but provides an infinite number of functionalities that genuinely save time and remove workflow friction.

I use it for launching apps, maintaining a large number of snippets for coding, run word, and character count instantly, access all my contact instantly, move things around, find folders, and so on. Snippets are simply a bunch of text files in a folder, so there is no vendor lock-in, and editing and updating my snippets are very straight-forward because of that. The whole thing flows so naturally for me that I often forget that it's there.

Oh, and the funny thing about it is that I don't feel crippled when I have to work on a Mac without LaunchBar. I simply resort to using OS X Spotlight with the same keyboard shortcut. I notice it's not LaunchBar, but it's SO MUCH better than learning to use the Mac in a novel, unusual fashion and then feel utterly crippled on someone else's Mac. To me, that level of unobtrusiveness is one of the "features" I love about LaunchBar.

Strongly recommended. 100 stars if I could give them. :)
Sherman-Wilcox
Sherman-Wilcox
Dec 1 2017
6.9.3
0.0
Dec 1 2017
0.0
Version: 6.9.3
6.9.3 still has a terrible lag when typing to search for an application to launch. LaunchBar used to be instantaneous. Now, for example, if I type "mel" it takes a second or more to find a matching application. Doesn't sound like much but for a launcher, that delay is deadly. Alfred, for example, pops up a matching list of apps with no perceptible delay. I don't know what happened to LaunchBar but this makes it unusable.
Mikmaksen
Mikmaksen
Nov 10 2017
6.9.1
3.0
Nov 10 2017
3.0
Version: 6.9.1
An otherwise absolutely excellent program now suffers from slow bug fixing: Recent Items is not working anymore (for months). Obdev knows it, acknowledges it through their support, but ultimately does nothing.
Mikmaksen
Mikmaksen
Oct 1 2017
6.9.1
3.0
Oct 1 2017
3.0
Version: 6.9.1
'Recent items’ (via right arrow key) is no longer working in version 6.9.1 on macOS 10.13 (17A365)
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