TabLauncher will help you find and launch your favorite programs, web pages, folders, or any type of files in a fast and easy way.
Taking up fewer resources as possible, and allowing you to personalize the appearance in many ways, by changing colors, images, transparency, animations, and many other options to make it blend in with your desktop.

Here are some of the key features:
•Organize icons using tabs.
•Add as many tabs as you like on any edge of any screen.
•Easily adjust the position of the icons, tabs and window with a simple drag.
•Each tab can be personalize by changing the title, font, shadow, shape, color, transparency, icons size and position.
•Tab that automatically displays the currently running applications.
•Tab that shows running application's windows as icons. Option to choose between showing all windows, minimized or off screen.
•Tab that displays the most recently modified files on a specified folder.
•Tab that represents a specified folder. Files added to this tab will be added to the folder and vice versa.
•Music player tab. Add internet radio stations or folders with your music and listen to music all day using very little CPU.
•Customize each icon by changing the image, color, adding a label or crating your own icons.
•Window previews of all running applications. Simply by placing the mouse pointer over the app's icon.
•Global shortcut keys to execute any item on your tabs.
•Launch or quit applications using events such as, system sleep/wake, screen sleep/wake, user log in/out, shut down or timer.
•Scriptable, easily automate TabLauncher using AppleScript.

What's New

Version 2.9.5

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Sweet Dock Alternative.. a few bugs


Love this tool. Will give it 5-stars if a few bugs get resolved. 1.) There’s a memory leak associated with one or more of the ‘special tabs’. These tabs can be enabled in the preferences (one shows all running apps, another tab shows all open windows, etc). These are neat features but I experience a severe memory leak when using them. I can watch the memory used by this app go from 50MB to over 900MB using Apple’s Activity Monitor application. Within a day I get a message from OSX telling me that the system has run out of memory & prompting me to force quit some applications. 2.) If you organize your apps into multiple tabs, moving between them is a little wonky. I frequently, accidently switch tabs when the mouse passes over the tab even though I have ‘Wait to switch tabs’ preference set to the longest time (click to switch tabs). I would love to be able to force the app to only switch tabs if I click on the tab, but even with the associated prefence set the tabs still switch on mouse hover some of the time.

A “Must Have” Utility!

Area 50 One

I’ve been searching for an alternative to Apple’s Dock for a long while (I’ve tried many) and Tab Launcher is by far the best utility app on the App Store and does so much more than the regular Dock… It’s the best organizer… Hands down!! TL is easily customizable, with a great look and feel and works very nicely when using multiple monitors, hooked up to a single Mac. What sold me immediately is that you can add and move tabs, on any edge of your screen(s) (I never did like apps that are glued to the OS top right menu bar) and you also have the ability to use Auto Hide, if you prefer. Apples Dock lacks so many features, it seems dated now after using TL. This is the best $4 spent and quite honestly, I would have bought it if the price tag was $20. To the developers of Tab Launcher, well done!

Apple probably wishes they thought of this!


This is the kind of addition that I could imagine Steve Jobs introducing with great fanfare. After looking at a cluttered dock for so long this is a great addition. It offers all possibilities for perfect organization of the dock and files also. Everybody will want to have this once they see the benefits. Thank you for a great contribution. When I went into the Apple Store to set up a new computer, I was asked about this app. The person who helped me wanted it too.


Mio Hamano
6.1 MB
English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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