Well, the title says it all:

Can I edit the Info.plist of an App so that is always starts hidden?


Open the info.plist in textedit and check if the key "LSUIElement" exist. If not, then add the following piece of code.


If it does, then just change the key from <true/> to <false/>.

  • I have changed the permission using chmod. Yet, I can't save changes because the file is locked. – gentmatt Jan 8 '12 at 8:26
  • Save the file to your desktop, then copy it to the original location – theAmateurProgrammer Jan 8 '12 at 8:52
  • I've tried this with the Twitter.app. Now I have to enter the password every time I open twitter.... – gentmatt Jan 8 '12 at 9:02
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    @theAmateurProgrammer Note the change I made so that your markup actually shows up plain. Stack Exchange tries to render html tags automatically, so it just ate your tags. Use a 4 space prefix to denote blocks (across multiple lines) of code, or backtick pairs to denote inline code lines. – Jason Salaz Jan 8 '12 at 9:19
  • This does not make the app start hidden (i.e. like Cmd-H), but removed the Dock icon and menu bar. – Daniel Beck Jan 26 '12 at 19:02

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