The launchd GUI

LaunchControl is a fully-featured launchd GUI allowing you to create, manage and debug system- and user services on your Mac.

See the big picture…

With LaunchControl you see all services and their respective status at a glance. Invalid services are highlighted and a problem description is provided. You can enable or disable services with a single click. The same goes for loading, unloading and ad-hoc starting. A long list of jobs may be filtered by job name and/or various properties, helping you to find what you are looking for in an instant.

…and the details

But LaunchControl is not just another .plist editor. It provides a dedicated interface for every single launchd configuration key. The interface is adaptive. It displays only information that is relevant for the selected job.

Absolute freedom

While the default editing mode in LaunchControl supports all documented features of launchd, you may sometimes need to use unofficial features. Switch to 'Expert Mode' and you're set. Both modes are fully synchronized. Changes in one editor will instantly show up in the other one.

Say good bye to launchctl

Don't waste time trying to figure out why a job does not behave as expected. LaunchControl performs exhaustive analysis of your job and chances are that it will find the problem in an instant and tell you how to fix it. It provides most of the functionality of the launchctl command line utility, everything you need to create, edit, remove or debug launch services and even includes a log viewer, so you don't have to fire up and build custom queries.

Jobs at your finger tips

Sometimes it is desirable to quickly load, unload, start or stop a job on demand without hunting it down in LaunchControl every time. QuickLaunch is a small menu extra living in your menu bar. It contains a user confgurable list of jobs and their respective status. Jobs may be grouped and a group of jobs may be controlled with a single click.

Discover what is possible

launchd currently supports some 36+ documented keys. LaunchControl makes it easy to discover them. Every key in the palette panel is annotated, so you don't have to consult the man page. Search them by category, name or description. Once found, drag an item from the palette section to the configuration section to add this key.

System requirements

LaunchControl supports all macOS versions from Mavericks (10.9)* to Monterey (12). It does not yet work on macOS Ventura (13). A compatible version will be provided by the time macOS Ventura has been released. LaunchControl requires a 64bit Intel or Apple Silicon Mac. Both architectures are supported natively.

Note: Starting with macOS Big Sur the system volume is sealed and it is no longer possible for any process to modify its contents. This affects LaunchControl's ability to modify system agents and daemons.