Since Mavericks I think, launchpad decides on it's own which apps should be shown in. For example, the uninstaller apps of the adobe apps are hidden by default in Mavericks. In Mountain Lion they were shown.

Why am I interested in? I installed an app in "Applications" folder, but it's not shown in launchpad. I tried the following: sudo rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db In the newly created database the app is not shown as well.

So is there a possibility that the developers flagged that app falsely as hidden like the uninstaller apps of the adobe apps? If so, how could I fix that? If not, same question. ;)


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Move the application out of the applications folder, restart launchpad (either log out/log in or in terminal write killall Dock). Then move back the application to the applications folder.

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    Does not work, unfortunately.
    – nilo
    Aug 14, 2014 at 6:21

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