LaunchBar
LaunchBar
6.14.1
4.5
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LaunchBar free download for Mac

LaunchBar for Mac6.14.1

15 May 2021

Powerful file/URL/email launcher utility.

What is LaunchBar for Mac

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 6.14.1:
  • Hot Fix: Applications indexing didn’t include iOS apps on Apple Silicon Macs. If you’ve been affected by this bug, please press Option-Command-R in LaunchBar to enforce an index update.

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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.
tina-28
tina-28
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)
bobembry
bobembry
Jun 26 2017
6.9
5.0
Jun 26 2017
5.0
Version: 6.9
★★★★★ says it all. Use it 100s of times a day. Learn all the great things it does and you'll love it.
Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
Feb 9 2017
6.8
5.0
Feb 9 2017
5.0
Version: 6.8
Excellent software. Worth every penny. I’m very picky about my tools, but LaunchBar is so good that it’s hard for me to say anything bad about it. Some highlights: - It doesn’t require elaborate setup and tinkering. Download it and copy it on my Mac. That’s it, and I can start using it right away, and it is already useful. If something needs to be adjusted or it needs to be trained for some items, it’s quick and easy to do so. - LaunchBar’s behavior is similar to Spotlight, one of the native OS X functionality, so the regression is graceful when I have to work on a Mac without LaunchBar. - It doesn’t get in my way. It shows up only when I ask for it. Its appearance is unobtrusive and in line with OS X’s default appearance. The way all software should be. I’ve been using LaunchBar since its early days on OS X (something like 2003), and it’s been one of the most useful, the most versatile, the most robust and reliable piece of productivity tools on my Mac besides the apps I need for development work. It’s the only tool that I’ve never questioned its usefulness or considered uninstalling. The developers have proven their commitment to LaunchBar, and I’ve never felt uncertain with all aspects of this tool. Most other tools utterly failed me. Not this one. Strongly recommended.
bobembry
bobembry
Jul 13 2016
6.7.1
5.0
Jul 13 2016
5.0
Version: 6.7.1
Useful 100s of times a day. I paid and happy to do so
Josh Helfferich
Josh Helfferich
Jul 7 2016
6.7
5.0
Jul 7 2016
5.0
Version: 6.7
There's no better way to work with files than LaunchBar. Period.
Macbookpro
Macbookpro
Jun 14 2016
6.6.2
5.0
Jun 14 2016
5.0
Version: 6.6.2
Version 6.7 is out.
Macbookpro
Macbookpro
Mar 24 2016
6.5
5.0
Mar 24 2016
5.0
Version: 6.5
6.6 is out. https://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar/releasenotes.html
MacUpdate-Ishaq
MacUpdate-Ishaq
Oct 29 2015
6.5
0.0
Oct 29 2015
0.0
Version: 6.5
LaunchBar is often grouped with most file launchers, but it’s really a full productivity suite shrunken down into a single-line search bar interface. While it’s true that the most common system-level actions can be completed through LaunchBar, the utility shines when you bend it to your will, performing actions that you wouldn’t expect from an app launcher. As soon as you replace Spotlight with LaunchBar as the default for ⌘-Space, your clipboard history is at your fingertips, along with a URL launcher, calculator, URL converter, file metadata viewer, and so much more.

LaunchBar truly shines when you take it a step beyond its conceivable limit. One of OS X’s great draws has always been its intuitive drag-and-drop fluidity, but LaunchBar folds that complexity into itself, letting you do it all – copy/move files across your file structure, open specific files in particular apps – from a single place, one common launch point that can send you anywhere you’d like. Extensive contextual menus unfold and direct you along your way as you navigate the expansive feature set that LaunchBar offers, meaning you’re simultaneously guided along the path you expect, and tempted to take a detour when you realize it can do something completely unexpected and new. It’s an app that reveals itself in new ways over time, easing you into its simplest features and blowing your mind if you give it a chance. When you get used to LaunchBar, any other computer without it feels like its missing the glue that holds everything together.
Stormchild
Stormchild
Oct 12 2015
6.5
5.0
Oct 12 2015
5.0
Version: 6.5
Still the best. Worth every penny. Always the first thing I install on a new Mac, because a Mac feels broken to me without it. More powerful than any other similar utility, and #1 in stability and performance too. The developers are responsive, and receptive to new ideas. They've always been ready on day one of every new OS X release (usually several weeks early, even). Can't recommend this enough.
phoibos
phoibos
Oct 11 2015
6.5
4.5
Oct 11 2015
4.5
Version: 6.5
Very good app, works as advertised. Increased my productivity indeed
garagethrash
garagethrash
Sep 2 2015
6.4.1
4.5
Sep 2 2015
4.5
Version: 6.4.1
I spent a few months a while ago with both LaunchBar and Alfred on my system to work out which one i was going to stick with. Both do have their pros and cons, but i decided i could live without a few extensions that Alfred has. And i find LaunchBar itself to just operate in a much more logical manner, and more consistent with the rest of OSX. I'll have do drop half a star though due to it missing some 3rd party extensions such as a proper imdb search extension (the ones that exist are pretty terrible). Not directly the fault of the developer, but the lack of certain extensions impacts the way this software functions for me.
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
Jun 28 2015
6.4
1.5
Jun 28 2015
1.5
Version: 6.4
I don't have the time nor patience to train this app.

After installing and using LB several times, I typed several variations of "portfolio", starting with PORT, then PORTF, PORTFO and finally PORTFOLIO, and the only things found were three iTunes songs. I have three files in my documents folder all containing portfolio in their names, and LB found NONE.

Even after opening all three (one Pages document and two rich text documents), NONE could be seen in LB when I typed PORT. I scrolled through about 50 of the entries, and my documents weren't in there anywhere. There was a long way to go, but I wasn't about to scroll through the entire list (hard to believe there's that many files with PORT in their names!).

Sometimes it's fast - type DU and Disk Utility is first, type SP and System Prefs is first. But Spotlight does that too.

LaunchBar is supposed to learn as you open files, displaying recently-used files closer to the top of the list, but it seems to have a learning disability.
Iliketrash
Iliketrash
May 22 2015
6.4
0.0
May 22 2015
0.0
Version: 6.4
I have loved and used LaunchBar for years but recently stopped using it. LaunchBar uses a huge amount of memory. I typically found it using more than 400 MB of RAM (Mavericks) and my computer has "only" 4 GB of RAM. Since discontinuing using LaunchBar, my computer is much faster due to less swapping. I find Spotlight to be an OK replacement. When I get a new computer with more RAM I'm sure I will return to using LaunchBar, but that event is not on the horizon.
TCalhau
TCalhau
May 22 2015
6.3
4.5
May 22 2015
4.5
Version: 6.3
Just released the new version 6.4 (6120)
TCalhau
TCalhau
Mar 31 2015
6.2
4.5
Mar 31 2015
4.5
Version: 6.2
Updated! :-)
TCalhau
TCalhau
Mar 6 2015
6.1.6
4.5
Mar 6 2015
4.5
Version: 6.1.6
After using the Alfred for a 2 months I can say that for my use LunchBar is the best! So much that I purchase a license family! This program greatly facilitates my life!
Wts
Wts
Jan 14 2015
6.1.6
5.0
Jan 14 2015
5.0
Version: 6.1.6
The $19 upgrade price from 5 ( or even prior ) to 6 seems steep and does not give recognition to us "old OLd OLD" supporters and so i am using the FREE version and living with the "time" out for a sip of coffeee. I still rate the app at full 6 stars.
Bogumił
Bogumił
Dec 16 2014
6.1.6
5.0
Dec 16 2014
5.0
Version: 6.1.6
Great software.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Dec 16 2014
6.1.6
0.5
Dec 16 2014
0.5
Version: 6.1.6
The app is scanning too darn much. I wish it would behave a lot smoother. The scanning feature is driving me me crazy. It slows down my clone.
Gitte79
Gitte79
Nov 13 2014
6.1.5
0.0
Nov 13 2014
0.0
Version: 6.1.5
Anyone else seeing graphic glitches in Yosemite? 6.1.5 still has this.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Oct 16 2014
6.1.3
0.5
Oct 16 2014
0.5
Version: 6.1.3
Allis well in Launch Bar 6.1.3. I am amazed at the new screen and new features. I always liked Launch Bar in the past iterations but I really like the new Launch Bar even more.
dwp-1
dwp-1
Oct 16 2014
6.1.3
0.0
Oct 16 2014
0.0
Version: 6.1.3
It is unfortunate when a user happens to purchase a license shortly before a new release. You have to understand that LaunchBar has been in the works for over 10 years and this is the 4th or 5th upgrade. The developers at Objective work extremely hard making Launchbar the best of it's kind, bar none. I have been using it for years. Other than trying Alfred out for a bit I can attest that launchBar does it all. Working with Tags for example, with Alfred you have download a workflow someone else wrote, when LaunchBar has fabulous Tag support built in. I use LB daily and I always finding new ways of doing things quicker. I suggest you chat with developer and see if he can be of any assistance but the upgrade fee is reasonable and will pay for itself the first week if you utilize LB in your daily workflow. I use it for anything I can to keep my hands on the keyboard. Good Luck!
Bloomsday
Bloomsday
Oct 6 2014
6.1.2
3.0
Oct 6 2014
3.0
Version: 6.1.2
I don't mind paying for upgrades. I've done it for years for many programs. But between Yosemite's new features and Alfred, I don't see the value. Sorry Launchbar. I can't afford you.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Oct 3 2014
6.1.2
0.5
Oct 3 2014
0.5
Version: 6.1.2
I used Sparkle to update LaunchBar,it said it is a different application than LaunchBar 6 and there was no way to go back. I am somewhat stymied.
Shane-Smith
Shane-Smith
Oct 2 2014
6.1.2
0.0
Oct 2 2014
0.0
Version: 6.1.2
I really like LaunchBar but I can't justify spending $19 for an upgrade when there are so many alternatives that are free. If the upgrade price was $10 then I would gladly shell out the cash.
Kastorff
Kastorff
Oct 1 2014
6.1.1
5.0
Oct 1 2014
5.0
Version: 6.1.1
Outstanding utility. 1Password and LaunchBar are the first things I install on a new Mac.
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
Sep 25 2014
6.1.1
5.0
Sep 25 2014
5.0
Version: 6.1.1
Faster and sleeker...and already on my top 10 must haves. :D
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Sep 23 2014
6.1.1
0.5
Sep 23 2014
0.5
Version: 6.1.1
Well I love it! They improved the algotherim and it is much better at discerning what you want launched,I like the BIG window and it is very appealing. I'm going to purchase it. I can't help it I love it! 5 stars for a great application that I can't do without.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Sep 22 2014
6.1.1
0.5
Sep 22 2014
0.5
Version: 6.1.1
Just D/l it and installed. I like the very beautiful window. It is very nice so far but is it worth $29 If I knew of any advantages beside the old one I would move up. Themes are nice ,but what further advantages are there? Right now I am sitting on the fence and won't review it until I either pay for it or trash it.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Aug 31 2014
6.1
0.5
Aug 31 2014
0.5
Version: 6.1
MacWorldb says" it is the most significant update yet. the new look is bigger bolder ,more readable and more beautiful than ever." Is that pure hype or are they sincere. It makes me wonder if I should convert from 5.6.4to 6.1.
Hendricx
Hendricx
Aug 29 2014
6.1
5.0
Aug 29 2014
5.0
Version: 6.1
Must have app for power users. A bit expensive though.
Rasputinsrevengereloadet
Rasputinsrevengereloadet
Aug 27 2014
6.1
5.0
Aug 27 2014
5.0
Version: 6.1
Check out your new superpower: http://blog.obdev.at
garagethrash
garagethrash
Aug 17 2014
6.0.2
4.5
Aug 17 2014
4.5
Version: 6.0.2
I've tried all the popular launchers and Launchbar just makes more sense to me. Spacebar being Quicklook for instance, same as the system.
Bigboysdad
Bigboysdad
Aug 13 2014
6.0.2
3.0
Aug 13 2014
3.0
Version: 6.0.2
Oh dear. With version 5, it was instinctive to drill down to my folders, open a DMG, enter the encryption code of the DMG, then drill down even further within that DMG and open a file, all very quickly from the keyboard. This is how I've been used to accessing my encrypted Eaglefiler data. But with this version 6, I can't do that anymore. I'm not complaining about Launchbar, it's served me well over the years and I was happy to pay for the upgrade, but it's a shame the kind of instinctive actions I've used it for seem to have been sacrificed for the shiny UI. There was nothing wrong with the last one. If it aint broke, etc etc.
JonathanD2006
JonathanD2006
Jul 25 2014
6.0.2
1.0
Jul 25 2014
1.0
Version: 6.0.2
Goes on sale then discontinued a month later. Will no longer use macupdate, they are scammers.
cukboss
cukboss
Jul 24 2014
6.0.2
2.0
Jul 24 2014
2.0
Version: 6.0.2
J'ai toujours utilisé Launchbar. Mais la version 6 est moins intelligente qu'Alfred. Alfred trouve presque toujours ce que je cherche dans les 4 premières lignes, Launchbar 6 plus. Avant oui, c'était bien, mais là, je ne sais pas ce qui se passe. Dommage, je passe sur Alfred, et pourtant, j'ai payé l'upgrade.
TabiJ1650
TabiJ1650
Jul 18 2014
6.0.2
5.0
Jul 18 2014
5.0
Version: 6.0.2
In my opinion LaunchBar v6 is much more better than Alfred. Themes are awesome, Its much faster than alfred. Customer support is also very impressive. Highly recommended.
JacobsIvan
JacobsIvan
Jul 7 2014
6.0.2
5.0
Jul 7 2014
5.0
Version: 6.0.2
Thanks for ongoing updates (OSX10.10 ready is awesome)
Tim27
Tim27
Jun 22 2014
6.0.1
0.0
Jun 22 2014
0.0
Version: 6.0.1
Is LaunchBar better than Alfred? Just wondering what the differences are?
Magomagi
Magomagi
Jun 17 2014
6.0
5.0
Jun 17 2014
5.0
Version: 6.0
Best software I have ever bought. Many baulk at paying for their apps but a lot of the time you get what you pay for and although there are some good free products out there this is not one of them – this is an EXCEPTIONALLY good, useful, flexible and well made app that saves users tonnes of time and does more things than I will ever understand. For longstanding fans and people who want to be productive this is a no-brainer and the new design and functionality is thoughtful and reliable – typically Objective Development. Before anyone complains about my enthusiasm - I have no links with the company or its staff, just a very happy customer.
Bikeham
Bikeham
Jun 13 2014
6.0
1.0
Jun 13 2014
1.0
Version: 6.0
I can't abide these steep upgrade prices. I dropped BusyCal, now I'll probably drop LaunchBar. Back to quicksilver for me.
Raven-
Raven-
Jun 12 2014
6.0
4.0
Jun 12 2014
4.0
Version: 6.0
I bought Launchbar *Purchase date: 2014-02-22 15:02* and already paying 20$ for an upgrade???? That's not fair!!!
Wts
Wts
Jun 11 2014
6.0
5.0
Jun 11 2014
5.0
Version: 6.0
Small/Big beef: $20 bucks to upgrade ? Common man be a little kinder to the people that bought version 3, 4, 5 by upgrading. For me $20 bucks is a bit much especially since most of us don't know what the new OS X will offer. I'm sure some cracked version will come along soon.
joe-exp
joe-exp
Jun 11 2014
6.0
4.5
Jun 11 2014
4.5
Version: 6.0
Looks like we don't need this utility any longer. As soon as the new OSX 10.10 comes out this is obsolete! Yosemite has the functionality built into spotlight. Good bye Launchbar
tvalleau
tvalleau
Jun 11 2014
6.0
0.0
Jun 11 2014
0.0
Version: 6.0
As a long-time user, who decided to stick with 10.8, I'm sorry to see that version 6 requires 10.9.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
May 6 2014
5.6.3
0.5
May 6 2014
0.5
Version: 5.6.3
Another great version.LaunchBar is the best launcher on OSX.It also has so many features that I can't enumerate.
Mrtomato
Mrtomato
May 3 2014
5.6.2
4.0
May 3 2014
4.0
Version: 5.6.2
After using Lanchbar for several months, I've decided to return to Alfred and I thought I'd explain why. Launchbar is a decent program with more features than any one person will ever use. Clearly, it suits some people really well. I desperately wanted to like it, but in the end it just didn't do what I wanted it to do. I think that for my purposes, what I want is a slightly more functional Spotlight. The shortcomings: * I don't like where it is placed on the screen. It's a little grey box that drops down from the middle of the menu bar. This, for me, is not a good place to work in an app that is as complex as Lanchbar. I'd like to be able to move the search bar around, preferably to the middle of the screen. * Launchbar does not use the spotlight index. Some people like this, but in my experience this meant that Launchbar was slow to detect new apps, files, etc. This, in fact, is the biggest annoyance. Because it took so long to update, I'd end up using Spotlight (which, by the way, is also not in an ideal spot on the screen). • Finding files is a major chore. With Alfred, spacebar then type a keyword brings up files. Very easy. With Launchbar, unless I'm missing something, you've got to navigate to the folder you want to search or you may get results from all over the place (xml files, preference files etc.). It seems to me that Launchbar could separate tasks so that simple searches would bring up common files and if you wanted to search for system files etc, you could activate a more complex search. • The coolest functions require too many steps. I love that I can get a phone number or address to flash up on my screen in nice bold type on a hud style background. This is really useful. However, it takes too long to get there. I'd rather just open up the contacts app. • It's meant to learn from commonly searched combinations, but it doesn't. I ended up having to program certain combinations because I lost patience. • It's not compatible with AirMail. This is almost inexcusable. AirMail is often a top selling app in the App Store and should be supported. Overall, Launchbar has lots of great functions, but I didn't feel that they were designed in a way that made them worthwhile. I most commonly use a launcher to launch apps, do web searches, and open files. It's not that I don't also use it for other things, but those less frequently used tasks shouldn't be bundled together with the frequently used ones. Launchbar doesn't need to decide which tasks are most frequently used, but it could allow users to prioritize them.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Feb 24 2014
5.6.2
0.5
Feb 24 2014
0.5
Version: 5.6.2
This App gets Better and Better.
ecdltf
ecdltf
Jan 24 2014
5.6.2
5.0
Jan 24 2014
5.0
Version: 5.6.2
Some years ago I toyed around with a trial version of LaunchBar but somehow I didn’t get the hang of it. I ditched it in favor of the new and “nicer” Alfred. Thanks to the recent MacHeist Bundle now I’ve met LaunchBar again, and this time I really took the time needed to read the documentation and to familiarize myself with the concept of the app and most of its features. After a couple of days Alfred had to cede its place to LB. Yes, you have to familiarize with LB because features are so numerous and not everything is actually obvious. But it really pays out. This app is so incredibly well thought in almost any aspect of its features, it’s amazing. Just some examples of nice little details that you wouldn’t expect: paste from clipboard history with auto-delete (last in, first out), clipboard merging, instant-send to terminal as argument(!), quick folder browsing with or w/o showing invisible items, quick content browsing of plist (xml) files, on-the-fly content search in text/html files, simlink creation with absolute or relative path(!), etc. In addition to spotlight it uses its own index which works quite well. Also the auto-learning abbreviations are really, really good. And the most congenial thing of all: It understands vim movement keys for navigation :-) It’s that kind of details that makes the difference.
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Jan 10 2014
5.6.2
0.0
Jan 10 2014
0.0
Version: 5.6.2
Currently less than $20 via the MacHeist nanoBundle 4 (expires January 13th): http://macheist.com
Fightingcat
Fightingcat
Dec 21 2013
5.6.2
5.0
Dec 21 2013
5.0
Version: 5.6.2
One of the "must have" tools under Mac OS X. Not sure since when I'm using this app exactly but it's over 3 years and I don't want to miss it anymore. A great tiny and intuitive quick launcher with a great support. The price of 35 Dollars sound a bit high, but this developer is one of them who will not release every one or two years a big update for money. But thats not mean that they will not release updates. So give it a try if you want to save time to search for all your apps to start them or doing some steps much quicker than now ;-)
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Dec 20 2013
5.6.2
0.5
Dec 20 2013
0.5
Version: 5.6.2
I don't have any problems with LaunchBar at all on Mavericks .It is stable and always available. It is an indispensable tool.I took the new version with Sparkle (the update in the menubar)
Wanderer
Wanderer
Nov 25 2013
5.6.1
4.0
Nov 25 2013
4.0
Version: 5.6.1
This version stops working about 5 minutes after a restart. The shortcut (double-control in my case) won't open the search window although manually opening the application (using spotlight) works but that defeats the purpose. Running Mavericks on a Mac Mini.
hced
hced
Nov 20 2013
5.6.1
5.0
Nov 20 2013
5.0
Version: 5.6.1
One of all time finest Mac apps out there.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Oct 24 2013
5.6.1
0.5
Oct 24 2013
0.5
Version: 5.6.1
I can't do without this valuable tool. It works for me in Mavericks.
Stormchild
Stormchild
Oct 23 2013
5.6
5.0
Oct 23 2013
5.0
Version: 5.6
Despite the claim of Mavericks compatibility, LaunchBar 5.6 still has a couple of issues with the new OS. Specifically, when "Displays have separate Spaces" is enabled (which it is by default)… - When a full screen app is active, opening something with LaunchBar causes the display with the full screen app to switch to another space, for no apparent reason (even when launching an app that exists only on the other display). This really wrecks the workflow of having full screen apps exist in their own independent space. - LaunchBar always appears on the "main" display, even when both displays have a menubar and the other display has the active menubar. It should follow the active menubar. Even summoning the Dock to the other display has no effect on LaunchBar. Kind of defeats the purpose of having a menubar on both monitors if LaunchBar remains stuck to a specific screen. Looks like not much testing was done on multiple monitor setups. Not exactly dealbreakers, but both of these issues have spoiled the multiple monitor support in Mavericks, which was the #1 reason I upgraded. For now I've had to revert to the old behavior where the spaces for each monitor are tied together, which is a bit of a bummer.
Daniel-Alex-Finkelstein
Daniel-Alex-Finkelstein
Oct 7 2013
5.5.2
5.0
Oct 7 2013
5.0
Version: 5.5.2
If you're having problems with LaunchBar and Mavericks, open the preferences to LaunchBar and allow pre-release/beta versions. As of this date, the betas support Mavericks.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Jun 13 2013
5.5.1
0.5
Jun 13 2013
0.5
Version: 5.5.1
Of all the Launchers available on OSX this is by far the best. It has features that none of the others have. You can do some any things with this app.
Stormchild
Stormchild
Jun 8 2013
5.5
5.0
Jun 8 2013
5.0
Version: 5.5
My favorite "do everything" utility keeps getting better and better. Love the new snippets feature. The tighter Automator integration should prove useful too. This app has eliminated the need for so many other utilities. Many people think Spotlight does more or less the same thing, but that couldn't be further from the truth. This is much more than a mere launcher.
Monkeyjunkey
Monkeyjunkey
Jun 8 2013
5.5
5.0
Jun 8 2013
5.0
Version: 5.5
Great stuff. Hope they can expand the snippets feature. Maybe that would allow me to ditch TextExpander. The snippet feature currently is a bit limited. E.g. not allowing to paste formatted texts etc.
RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
Jun 8 2013
5.5
5.0
Jun 8 2013
5.0
Version: 5.5
I use this every single day. Would feel lost without it.
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
Jun 8 2013
5.5
5.0
Jun 8 2013
5.0
Version: 5.5
Where some companies hire developers who like to play with GUI and features (much to the dismay of paying customers), LaunchBar has consistently stuck to the meat and potatoes. One of the top 10 apps on Mac, I can't imagine a day without it.
Winet
Winet
Apr 11 2013
5.4.3
5.0
Apr 11 2013
5.0
Version: 5.4.3
Just a cool peace of software. And with dialectic a burner also for dialing with a phone system. I use it for many years now with no problems.
Jo*
Jo*
Apr 11 2013
5.4.3
0.0
Apr 11 2013
0.0
Version: 5.4.3
I would love to love this app as it's such a versatile tool. However on my Pre-Unibody MBP with 10.6.8 Launchbar periodically spikes up on CPU-Usage to a point where the CPU-Temp reaches alarming values of up to 100°C and the fans kick in at full throttle. This occurs every 10 minutes or so and lasts for a few minutes. I can tell LB is the culprit by checking Activity Monitor. Needless to say that I quit LB after a while. With every update I had hopes that this behaviour might stop but it hasn't. Has anyone else seen this behaviour with LB?
Jo*
Jo*
Apr 11 2013
5.4.3
0.0
Apr 11 2013
0.0
Version: 5.4.3
I would love to love this app as it's such a versatile tool. However on my Pre-Unibody MBP with 10.6.8 Launchbar periodically spikes up on CPU-Usage to a point where the CPU-Temp reaches alarming values of up to 100°C and the fans kick in at full throttle. This occurs every 10 minutes or so and lasts for a few minutes. I can tell LB is the culprit by checking Activity Monitor. Needless to say that I quit LB after a while. With every update I had hopes that this behaviour might stop but it hasn't. Has anyone else seen this behaviour with LB?
larrymcj
larrymcj
Mar 13 2013
5.4.2
5.0
Mar 13 2013
5.0
Version: 5.4.2
Thanks to everyone here who commented so positively on LaunchBar and convinced me to get it. I had been wanting to try it for awhile, but was afraid it might be like QuickSilver (which I never could warm up to). What a tremendously useful and faster transformation of my workflow. It will probably take a long time to learn even half of what LaunchBar is capable of doing, but it will be worth it. But in less than two days I'm already way more productive. LaunchBar's only downside is actually its greatest strength...it's so powerful that it has a steep learning curve. No matter how much of a geek you are, plan on spending quite a bit of time learning how to best use it. Having tried QS years ago, then briefly tried Alfred...I have to say this is the best of the bunch. Not only for launching apps, but for so many other time-saving things. I now rarely use the dock or even open Safari. And I also configured it to index the folders for Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box...works just as well with them, and that's where all my files reside.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Mar 12 2013
5.4.2
0.5
Mar 12 2013
0.5
Version: 5.4.2
With the new improvements this app is the very best launcher and application on OSX
anonymous-minnow-4783
anonymous-minnow-4783
Jan 17 2013
5.4.1
5.0
Jan 17 2013
5.0
Version: 5.4.1
THE best launcher (and much more). I use it since first release and it never failed. The most discrete also. So many feature that I don't use them all.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Jan 17 2013
5.4.1
0.5
Jan 17 2013
0.5
Version: 5.4.1
This application is in a league of its own. It is excellent in every way
Rasputinsrevengereloadet
Rasputinsrevengereloadet
Jan 16 2013
5.4.1
5.0
Jan 16 2013
5.0
Version: 5.4.1
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh, my one and only, absolutely indispensable, every day a million times used, and perfect in every way software has an update!
Aargl
Aargl
Sep 20 2012
5.3
5.0
Sep 20 2012
5.0
Version: 5.3
I regularly discover new ways to use this powerful tool! If I had the choice to keep only one app between Finder and this, I wouldn't hesitate a ms! ;-D
Leoncahun
Leoncahun
Aug 24 2012
5.3
0.0
Aug 24 2012
0.0
Version: 5.3
There’s an annoying bug introduced with v. 5.3 preventing LB from opening AddressBook entries directly. This is fixed in a nightly build of 5.3.1 available here: http://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar/download.html Works fine, give LB a bit of time to re-index the AddressBook. Discussed here: http://forums.obdev.at/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6903 http://forums.obdev.at/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6912 Such a relief: it’s not the same world without (some of) LB (’s features) . . . : )
Rasputinsrevengereloadet
Rasputinsrevengereloadet
Aug 3 2012
5.3
5.0
Aug 3 2012
5.0
Version: 5.3
The feature to search 1Password entries and to activate them, that have recently been added is another killer timesaver for me!
Iliketrash
Iliketrash
Jul 30 2012
5.3
0.0
Jul 30 2012
0.0
Version: 5.3
NOTE TO MACUPDATE EDITOR Please make this excelent and popular program an editor's choice or whatever you call the status of showing the program's name in red and elevelated to the top of each day's list at the end of the day.
Cowicide
Cowicide
Jul 29 2012
5.3
4.5
Jul 29 2012
4.5
Version: 5.3
I've already seen an improvement with this new version 5.3 at least with Mac OS 10.6.8. Now when I go to move a file or folder with LB (by selecting the item then pressing the shift key twice, typing in a location and hitting return) there's no longer a confusing menu pre-selection already made for what to do with the file (move, copy, make alias, etc.). Just a nice bug fix that's appreciated here! :)
Espiridion
Espiridion
May 10 2012
5.2
5.0
May 10 2012
5.0
Version: 5.2
I've used it since 2002. Here's a recent review and video: http://www.macworld.com/article/1165756/be_more_productive_with_launchbar_part_1.html I've used alternatives and always return to LaunchBar. In terms of speed, features and support it is an essential application for me. They added a Clipboard feature a while ago, but I don't use it since there are better alternatives available.
Macmaria
Macmaria
May 10 2012
5.2
5.0
May 10 2012
5.0
Version: 5.2
Since I posted this review on today's promo of LB, I might as well share it here too: I cannot emphasize enough how important this app is for me. LB is one of the first (if not the first) app to install on my macs. (Note: I also use Alfred, but much less; although I consider it top notch, I'm too used to LB and its workflow.) Things that I love to do with LB (besides the obvious launch of apps): - Several searches on the web, especially costumized ones. - Launch websites from bookmarks or history. - Launch applescripts (open several websites at the same time, restart finder, rebuilt services, etc. - Merge clipboard (the best thing ever!) - Move/copy files (and other operations like send x file to mail or to an app). - Search and browse files and folder. (Mostly using Tembo or Spotlight templates.) Things I’d like to see improved on LB: - Improved calculator: like memorizing last operation. - Converting tool: ex. 15 USD in EUR, 15 feet in cm, etc. There is a learning curve, but check the tutorial videos the devs have made; they really help.
Parkerbennett
Parkerbennett
Apr 18 2012
5.2
5.0
Apr 18 2012
5.0
Version: 5.2
I'm always baffled why MacUpdate doesn't give this essential utility the bold red featured treatment. First thing I always install on any new Mac.
Bigboysdad
Bigboysdad
Apr 6 2012
5.1.3
3.0
Apr 6 2012
3.0
Version: 5.1.3
Essential, I use this AND Quicksliver, but I had a problem with LB crashing which has been previously unheard of in all my years of having it. When I checked console messages, it referred to an “NSInvalidArgumentException” crash. Went to email the developers, but there on the website was a notice acknowledging that there was an issue for some of us and an immediate solution by way of a version 5.2 nightly build. Problem solved. Great support and solution from these developers.
PRjohnson
PRjohnson
Mar 8 2012
5.1.3
5.0
Mar 8 2012
5.0
Version: 5.1.3
Hands-down my absolute must-have app for quick search and workflow commands.
Vinkri
Vinkri
Dec 15 2011
5.1.3
3.0
Dec 15 2011
3.0
Version: 5.1.3
Certainly a very good soft. Does what it says. It's efficient and quick: a simple shortcut and LB is up: type some letters and it will select the relevant items. Exactly what Quicksilver does, faster and 100% cheaper. Right, you can't do some of the stuff you can do with Launchbar (write an email or drag n drop stuff). Who cares? I don't. I really believe that Launchbar is too expensive for what it does, especially with a competitor like Quicksilver: more reliable and more intuitive.
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4.5
0.0
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