My launchpad has become very cluttered overtime. I'm wondering if there is a function to reset launchpad like the iOS reset home screen layout feature. Let me know in the comments if you don't understand what I'm asking.


To reset Launchpad to the default, delete the following file:

/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Dock/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx.db
  • Where "xxxx..." in the file name is an alphanumeric string.

And then run the following command in a Terminal:

 killall Dock

The Launchpad is now reset to the default and a new database (.db file) will be created with the default settings.

Note: If you want to examine the contents of the database you can use an app like Liya.

  • Does this remove all the app icons? I want to be perfectly clear before doing this :) – www139 Dec 4 '15 at 19:54
  • @www139, I've tested this on my own system and saw no adverse effects. One should not just delete a file without having a backup so as to be able to revert to the previous state if needed/wanted. As to "Does this remove all the app icons?", in what context are you referring to? I had my Launchpad set alphabetical using LaunchpadCleaner and when I manually removed the target file and killall Dock the Launchpad was reset to having the OS X default apps first as arranged upon first boot and everything I installed since came after the default apps. All icons still showed as I expected. – user3439894 Dec 5 '15 at 12:13
  • Great, that is what I was looking for :) – www139 Dec 5 '15 at 21:27

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