Mac OS 10.7+


Launchpad-Control [discontinued]

Already upgraded to Mac OS X Lion? Yes? Well then you certainly know Launchpad, the “home for your apps” like Apple says.

A huge disadvantage of Launchpad is that every app located in your /Applications folder is shown. That means that you will see little helper programs like uninstallers or updaters, too. These apps can’t be hidden from Launchpad easily because Apple does not provide any preference pane or tool to do so.

That’s why I developed:


Launchpad-Control is a small tool which allows you to easily hide/unhide apps (and groups) from Launchpad in Mac OS X Lion.

Please feel free to distribute and talk about this app on blogs, twitter or websites. I would really appreciate that.

Contribute / feature requests

Launchpad-Control is available on GitHub!
Feel free to build upon my work!


  • It’s a system preference pane (update v1.1).
  • Displays a table with all apps that are in Launchpad in the correct order.
  • Checkboxes for every app allow you to remove an app by easily ticking a checkbox.
  • Reorder the items with drag’n’drop (update 1.5).
  • Sort items alphabetically (update 1.5) and even across pages (update 1.63).
  • Backup/Restore the database (update 1.5).
  • No duplicate entries (update v1.5).
  • Checks for updates (update v1.2) and updates itself automatically (update v1.63).
  • You are now able to make a full reset of your database in case anything went wrong.
  • You can now hide whole pages with just one click (update v1.3)!
  • It’s completely free!



The development of Launchpad-Control has been stopped.
Download Launchpad-Control v1.63 now. It’s free!

Mac OS X Lion – 327 KB – v1.63

Launchpad-Control has some serious problems under Mountain Lion. I will offer no support.

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