The native app switcher orders the apps based on chronological focus. This ordering is useful to me for a script, but I'm not sure where this ordering information is stored.

Is there a way to get the app switcher list or something similar directly from terminal or applescript? Or a way to investigate where it might be?

I tried to search for this, but all of the results were about hiding apps from the switcher.


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Looking through the man index pages I was able to find a command that gives this information:

lsappinfo metainfo | grep bringForwardOrder

This lists the apps in the same order as the app switcher when invoked, along with the app ASN, which can be useful.

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