launch 1.2.2

A command-line launcher for Mac OS X in the spirit of open
launch - In this Terminal window users can view the arguments that can be used to launch applications from the command-line.
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launch offers few options: launching TextEdit, launching applications by name or by path, or opening a number of applications, documents, folders, or URLs.

With the exception of special support for TextEdit, launch does everything open does.

launch is useful by itself, but is even better when used in scripts. Assign a shell command to your favorite Mac OS text, graphics or resource editor. Browse your favorite Web site with a few keystrokes.

Main features:

  • opens URLs and email addresses in your preferred helper application, or sends URLs to any other application of your choice
  • lets you specify applications by their four-character creator (e.g. 'ToyS') or Java-style bundle ID (e.g., both of which allow you to move or rename an application without changing references to it
  • asks applications to print documents
  • pipes output to applications
  • launches applications in the background
  • launches Carbon applications in Classic
  • reports errors intelligibly
  • shows information about any item on disk, including its file type, creator, data and resource fork sizes, version, dates and bundle ID (where applicable).

last updated on:
March 19th, 2014, 15:57 GMT
file size:
61 KB
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developed by:
Nicholas Riley
operating system(s):
Mac OS X 10.8 or later
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What's New in This Release:
  • use non-deprecated API for marking files as stationery
  • display type and creator codes containing null bytes
  • display ProDOS types if encoded as HFS types
  • display AppleWorks mixed-case filenames by decoding ProDOS auxiliary types if present
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