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LaunchBar for Mac

By Objective Development Free to try Editors' Rating

Key Details of LaunchBar

  • Open apps, files, and URLs via abbreviation
  • Last updated on 09/29/20
  • There have been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review Staff Nov 6, 2014

LaunchBar for Mac enables you to initiate file or Web searches, or many other processes with just a few keystrokes.


Myriad possibilities: With LaunchBar, you can do everything from opening apps to browsing online and more.

Lots of Help: You will receive an initial tutorial and additional Help resources, so that you get the most out of the robust app.


Learning curve: There is a pretty steep learning curve for this app if you really want to get the most out of it. The Help resources are useful, but it will take time to learn how to best use the full functionality of this program.

Bottom Line

LaunchBar can really revolutionize the way you use your computer. Once you get the hang of all available features, you'll really appreciate all this program can do.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of LaunchBar for Mac 6.1.3.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.13.1

  • Added "Apple Music" search template.
  • Improved song metadata shown in the Info Browsing list.
  • Improved browsing of Finder tags (via "Tags" indexing rule or category).
  • Improved enforcing of subtitle display while pressing the Control-Option-Command modifier keys.
  • Showing a message dialog when an action cannot be performed due to missing permission in System Preferences > Security > Privacy > Accessibility.
  • Fixed: Sending text to a search template via Send-to or Instant Send didn't work.
  • Fixed: When copying an email address, a mailto-URL was copied instead.
  • Fixed: Missing encoding of #-character in web searches.
  • Various minor bug fixes.


Release September 29, 2020
Date Added September 29, 2020
Version 6.13.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite


Total Downloads 13,313
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

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.