Questions tagged [launch-services]

Launch Services is an API used by applications to open other applications or their document files similar to the way that the Finder or the Dock handles them.

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“Open with <application>” not working properly

I've noticed that when I try to open a file in any newly added applications, the application opens, but not the file. I've noticed this problem with multiple Wine versions, and also web-based games. ...
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After rebuilding LaunchServices com.apple.launchservices.secure.plist remains unchanged. Why?

various quirks and derailments of LaunchServices have already been plentifully discussed here and elsewhere… I have recently excluded my external backup drive from Spotlight search and all seems to be ...
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mds and lsd going crazy

I have noticed big peaks of activity of processes: mds mds_stores lsd mdworker (multiple processes) The console loops over two messages from mds: LaunchServices: Database mapping failed with result ...
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Anyway to obtain list of Application that can open a file via Terminal?

In the finder you can control click on a document to get the contextual menu, this has 'open with..' with a submenu of all apps that can open that document. Is there a way to get this list via ...
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Shove installed a launch daemon or agent popup window, what is it?

Please check the following screenshot: Today, I suddenly have this popup window warning. I have no idea what it is. Basically I have three questions. (1) Is this BlockBlock app warning? I have no ...
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Preferred way to set default application by content/MIME type from the command line [closed]

Per https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/9883/206073 , default file opening by content type should be set via LSHandlers -> LSHandlerContentType in com.apple.LaunchServices/com.apple.launchservices....
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Huge TM backups - LaunchServices csstore file too big?

For years, a typical TM backup for me is around 200MB. For the last week or two, it's grown to about 1.2GB even if I haven't been using the machine. I finally dug into why using tmutil compare and ...
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Unable to open CSV file

I have a reasonably sized CSV file (40 Megabytes). I know that some apps won't work with certain encodings, and that they will throw error if the encoding isn't ASCII. But its alarming that even ...
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How to 'unregister' a file type / MIME with launch services

I'm working on a document based application in Cocoa, the file is a bundle type (a folder which the Finder shows as a single file much like an application.) I had everything working perfectly but ...
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Find specific apps by name, getting their version, via command line

For a support information gathering tool, I like to be able to look up several apps by name (or rather by their bundle ID) and fetch their versions. I don't like to use the find command for this as ...
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How do I clear the application used to open a file, i.e. set it to none

When you double click a file the finder will select an application to open it with. What it's going to do can be viewed in the file's info panel. You can change it there too. Viewing some files ...
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How to make .docx files open in Pages by default

Is there a way to make .docx (Word) files open in Pages by default? How do I do it?
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Unknown event opening Skype periodically

Recently Skype has been opening itself or placing itself into focus, regardless of what app is running or on focus. This happens every half an hour to hourly. It's has gotten really annoying, and I ...
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How to debug .app that only successfully launches from Terminal?

Recently, my Dropbox.app stopped launching correctly. If I double-click on the app or try to launch via spotlight, the app just silently dies within a second. I see it show up in Activity Monitor, but ...
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Launch different apps based on file name (other than the extension)?

I'd like to have different apps handle .jpg files based on a naming convention I'll use for the .jpg files. Specifically most will go to Xee, but ones containing thumb should instead cause VLC to be ...
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What are the services Apple's Firewall considers essential?

I'm trying to determine what Apple's Firewall considers essential services. Apple's Firewall has the following settings available: A search of Apple's site does not reveal a support document on the ...
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Accidentally unloaded all launchctl daemons and now can't boot [duplicate]

While trying to set up some services (OS X 10.10 Yosemite), I accidentally did a sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ and the screen was frozen immediately. Now my Mac doesn't boot ...
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How to run an application as a system service?

I'd like to be able to run Plex media server in the background even when not logged on. This is something I could easily setup in Windows but I can't figure out if this is possible in OSX.
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Settings for CalendarAgent, Mingler and iCalExternalSync services

I have the dreaded issue with recurring sync service processes wreaking havoc on my MacBook Pro with O S X 10.9 Mavericks and stealing my CPU cycles for no apparent good reason. Usually with a 3 month ...
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Viewing/Changing App paths used by `open -a foo.app …`

When using open -a iTerm.app SOMEPATH from a shell-script or Emacs eshell command, it appears to launch a different instance of iTerm than the one in /Applications/iTerm.app that I'd expect. ...
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My macbook thinks .as files are zip files (and they won't open in XCode)

I've got some old .as files from a project I was working on on a different mac a long time ago. I was trying to open one of them just to try and remember something. But for some reason my mac thinks ...
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Replace Text Edit as the default text editor

I've seen questions like this which don't quite solve my problem. I'd like to make Sublime Text 3 the default file viewer/editor for all files that currently use textedit. Most of these files can be ...
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Keynote 6 Hijacking Launch Services?

I find Keynote 6 in Mavericks to be both a step backwards and a step forwards from Keynote 5. It has some neat new transitions and all, but the iOS-ification (simplification) of the interface, as well ...
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How can I prevent “Open With…” from accessing external drives?

Frequently, when I try to open the (10.9) Finder's "Open With..." menu, I experience a delay that appears to be due to connected FireWire drives. This delay is very long when the drives need to spin ...
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What does lsboxd process do on os x?

My firewall asked me for a connection from lsboxd (module com.apple.ls.boxd, ) to one another computer in my network to the port tcp 548. What does it do? I found that it is a part of sandbox ...
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Any way to “right-click->open” application using application launcher or AppleScript?

I'm an avid launch service (Quicksilver/Launchbar) user, and have been frequently stymied by Gatekeeper… The default "Open" actions behave like double-clicking an application package, which is ...
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Quarantine alert for Skim

I'm on Mountain Lion. Every time I double-click on a pdfd (pdf bundle) document, I get the alert saying that I'm opening Skim for the first time (which is, of course, false). I've completely disabled ...
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Why is a command line change to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist not effective immediately?

When the Info window of Finder is used to associate files of a particular type with an application: the preference is effective immediately. When Terminal is used to make a comparable addition to ~...
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Programmatically/Script-atically changing the default Open-With setting

Is there a way to change what app opens a file type programmatically/with a script? Basically, sometimes I'm working on a web site, and I want to set all web files to open with a text editor (*.php, *...