Managing/Configuring Launchpad Across Multiple Users/Computers.

Valued Contributor

I sent this note over the Mac Enterprise list first a couple of weeks back so apologies on the cross-post for those who subscribe to both lists. I'm looking for some ideas on managing the Lion Launchpad on lab/cluster/public computers. I have a gut feeling that the Launchpad is going to be important in the future of OS X, so I'm trying to get people used to it now while it's optional. Thanks in advance for any ideas or feedback. Original message below.

-- Ted August
Salve Regina University


New Contributor

I've had a look at this and it appears that the file in ~/Library/Application Support/Dock/ is an sqlite database with all of the info for the Launchpad.

After digging around inside it, it looks like it would be possible to write a few shell scripts that would inject some SQL into the databases to perform the modifications. Then we can have a login script that would call these scripts then restart the Dock.

I'm assuming by "manage", you mean create groups, move apps into groups, and hiding apps?

I'll let you know when I've written a few of the scripts.


Daniel Sung Junior Systems Administrator Framestore 19-23 Wells Street, London W1T 3PQ

New Contributor

Has there been any progress on this Launchpad issue?