LaunchBar free download for Mac


01 October 2019

Powerful file/URL/email launcher utility.


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 LaunchBar

Version 6.12:
  • Support for macOS Catalina (10.15)
  • Drag & drop to close the window automatically when items are dragged from LaunchBar to make sure that the LaunchBar window doesn’t cover the desired dragging destination
  • ClipMerge to more reliably detect copies made by Shift-Clicking a menu item
  • Dark Mode support
  • An issue causing repeated updates of the iCloud Tabs index

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12 June 2014

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I bought Launchbar *Purchase date: 2014-02-22 15:02* and already paying 20$ for an upgrade???? That's not fair!!!
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Version 6.0
20 June 2019
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: So it's quite complicate to learn more about this software. That's not good.
Version 6.11.1
26 April 2019
The latest version is 6.11.1. You can modify the download link for version 6.11.
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Version 6.11
12 April 2019
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.
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Version 6.10
24 December 2018
6.10 has been released, 24 Dec 2018
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Version 6.9.5
23 August 2018
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
Version 6.9.5
19 August 2018
Great app. I've using it everyday for about 5 years.
Version 6.9.5
09 June 2018
Why would I want to use this over Alfred? Alfred is free and doesn’t cost money.
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Version 6.9.5
16 March 2018
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. :)
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Version 6.9.4
01 December 2017
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.
Version 6.9.3
3 answer(s)
09 January 2018
i have the same problem. the delay is because its spinning up a sleeping external disk on every request. told them about it, they don't care.
12 January 2018
No sleeping external disk for me, this is happening on a MacBook Pro with SSD, no external disk attached.
13 January 2018
Did you try not to index to many folders. Only the folders you really need?
Does LB use very much RAM?
Must be something you indexed that slows down the process.
10 November 2017
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.
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Version 6.9.1


App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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