Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is LaunchBar compatible with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7 Lion?

    Yes, LaunchBar is compatible with both OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7 Lion.

    Note: When using the OS X fullscreen mode feature, it’s recommended to hide the Dock icon via Preferences > Advanced.

  • Is LaunchBar compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?

    Yes, LaunchBar is compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

  • Is LaunchBar compatible with OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.4 Tiger?

    The latest version of LaunchBar no longer supports OS X 10.5 (and earlier). But you can download an older version of LaunchBar (5.1.3), which is compatible with both OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.4 Tiger.

Installation & Registration

  • I have lost my license key!

    Please visit the LaunchBar Support pages for further information how to retrieve your lost license key.

  • I have problems with my order!

    Please visit the LaunchBar Support pages for further information how to resolve order related issues.

  • How do I install LaunchBar?
    1. Download: Download the LaunchBar disk image file from the Download page.
    2. Mount: Wait until the download has completed. If the downloaded file isn’t opened automatically, locate it in Finder, then double click it to mount the disk image manually.
    3. Quit: If a previous version of LaunchBar is currently running, quit it.
    4. Install: When the disk image mounts, a new Finder window will open that contains the icon for the LaunchBar application. Simply drag this icon to your Applications folder (or wherever you would like to keep it) to install. This copies the application from the virtual disk image onto your hard disk so the application is there for you to use whenever you like.
    5. Eject: Once LaunchBar is installed you can safely eject the virtual disk that it came on and also move the the downloaded image file from your Downloads folder to the trash.
    6. Start: Double-click the LaunchBar icon in the location you installed it in order to begin using the application. Enjoy!
  • How do I uninstall LaunchBar?

    Short answer:

    Move it to the Trash.

    Long answer:

    1. If LaunchBar is currently running, quit it.
    2. Delete the LaunchBar application file (wherever you’ve installed it, usually in your Applications folder).
    3. Optionally, delete the preferences file, which is located at
      (the ~ tilde sign refers to your home folder)
    4. Optionally, delete LaunchBar’s application support folder (containing the configuration and other LaunchBar related files). This folder is located at
      ~/Library/Application Support/LaunchBar
    5. Optionally, delete LaunchBar’s cache folder which is located at
    6. If you have added LaunchBar to your “Login Items” in System Preferences in order to get it started automatically at login, you may wish to remove this entry as well.

    It would help us to improve our product, if you could tell us why you decided not to use it anymore. Thanks in advance!

General Questions

  • Where’s the documentation?

    Please see the LaunchBar documentation page for more information how to access the LaunchBar Help.

  • How can I get LaunchBar to start automatically at login?

    Just add LaunchBar to your “Login Items” in the Accounts preference pane of System Preferences to get it started automatically at login.

    Alternatively, click and hold LaunchBar’s Dock icon and select “Options > Open at Login” from the popup menu.

  • Can LaunchBar be run without a Dock icon?
    Yes, that’s possible. See the LaunchBar Help, chapter “Tips & Tricks” for details.
  • Can LaunchBar index my email messages?

    LaunchBar does not index mail messages. LaunchBar’s abbreviation search wouldn’t work satisfying for that task. It’s designed to find items by their name (by entering short abbreviations of that name), but this technique is not well suited to perform content searches such as searching in mail messages or within documents.

    You may however use LaunchBar’s “Search in Spotlight” feature. Here you can enter e.g. “email launchbar” to search for mail messages regarding LaunchBar.

  • Why are my application aliases not indexed?

    If you’ve turned on the “Use OS X LaunchServices database” option in the Options pane of your Applications indexing rule (which is the default), application aliases will not be indexed, because they are not registered in the LaunchServices database. The database only provides a list of all installed applications at their original locations.

    If you turn off this option, the actual contents of your hard disk will be examined, and application aliases can so be considered as well. However, indexing may then take somewhat longer compared to using the database (depending on the number of files and subfolders within the indexed application folders).