A free LaunchPad sorting tool: LaunchPadder

Hi guys, I am a newcomer, here is a free tool software I developed.

LaunchPadder is a free macOS LaunchPad tool that organizes and sorts apps and folders on LaunchPad according to certain rules.

Sometimes LaunchPad does not display icons of installed apps correctly or still shows icons of removed apps even after system reboot. At this point we need to reset it, for example using the following command.

defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; quay killall

In earlier versions of LaunchPad, the reset action automatically arranged app icons in alphabetical order, but in newer versions the arrangement is based on UUID, which creates a very confusing layout.

To solve this problem, I wrote LaunchPadder.

Currently, LaunchPadder supports various sorting rules, including sorting alphabetically by app title, sorting by app group (i.e. apps from the same developer are grouped together), sorting by app icon color, etc.

  • supports alphabetical sorting of Latin characters and non-Latin characters (e.g. Chinese)
  • supports sorting based on app icon color information
  • support for highlighting Apple apps
  • supports sorting by number of folder contents
  • supports placement of objects matching specified strings at start or end
  • support grouping and sorting by application group ID
  • supports sorting by app usage (experimental)
  • supports sorting by app category
  • supports drag and drop to adjust rule priority
  • support for safely resetting the LaunchPad while preserving the current layout as much as possible

When using LaunchPadder, please close all other applications that may operate on LaunchPad data (such as LaunchPad Manager, database management software, etc.) to avoid unexpected r/w data, preempt operations and other issues. These issues can corrupt LaunchPad data, causing the current layout to be lost and displayed abnormally. If this happens, the LaunchPad should be reset for normal use.

Manual

1. Default

Keep the default rules configuration (including Apple, Type, and Alphabet rules) and sort.
Apps will be divided into two groups: Apple apps and non-Apple apps, and each group is sorted alphabetically.
It can basically meet most automatic sorting needs.

2. TOC color

Enable Type, Color rules, disable other rules and sort.
Apps will be sorted by app icon colors.

3. Tools menu

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3.1 Safely reset LaunchPad

It can reset the app icon display problem based on saving the current layout.

3.2 Reset LaunchPad natively

Use the system’s native method to reset LaunchPad, the effect is the same as the command mentioned at the beginning, and the current layout will also be lost.
It is recommended to use it only when the LaunchPad data is corrupted, for example, the LaunchPad is not displaying correctly and the “Sorting” or “Safely Reset LaunchPad” method always reports these errors: “An error occurred while accessing the database”, “LaunchPad database is corrupt”.

Requirement

Operating system required: macOS 10.15+
Supports x86_64 (Intel) and arm64 (Apple Silicon) architectures.

Version history

– v1.4

  • 2022-04-20
  • solve minor problems
  • optimize error messages
  • remembers the user’s sort configuration and provides an option to reset the default sort configuration

– v1.3

  • 2022-04-19
  • solve some functional problems
  • improve the security of data operations
  • optimize the interface
  • add safe reset function, which can solve app icon display problem based on saving current layout
  • add native reset, restart dock function
  • Reduced system requirements from macOS 11.0+ to macOS 10.15+. Due to heavy workload and limited efforts to be compatible with earlier versions of macOS, only macOS 10.15 is supported at least, and there are no plans to support earlier versions of macOS.

– v1.1

  • 2022-04-09
  • solve minor problems
  • optimize the interface
  • add translations for Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

– v1.0

  • 2022-04-08
  • optimize the interface
  • optimize performance
  • supports sorting by folder contents
  • support for alphabetical sorting of localized (non-Latin) character sets
  • supports sorting based on app icon color information
  • supports placement of objects matching specified strings at start or end
  • supports sorting by app usage

– v0.1-alpha

  • 2022-04-07
  • initial version
  • supports alphabetical sorting of Latin characters
  • support for highlighting Apple apps
  • support grouping and sorting by application group ID
  • supports drag and drop to adjust rule priority

Connections

App homepage: https://molayc.com/blog/2022/04/07/launchpadder/
Application issues page: https://github.com/Molay/LaunchPadder/issues
Downloads: https://molayc.com/blog/2022/04/07/launchpadder/#requirement

If you have any problem, please leave a message or open a problem.

Harry L. Blanchard