Launching programs redefined

innovative::bytes start is an unique launcher for macOS that allows you to open applications, documents, folders or URLs quickly and easily. Create tidiness in your Dock and launch items with the smart launcher app start instead.

start supports you and your workflow with a well planned organizational system for your items and a quick access to what you need.

It's incredibly easy to use: start automatically collects all applications available with Spotlight. Further you also can add files, folders and URLs manually according to your wishes.

Open your items with a simple mouse click or even faster and more convenient: with a hotkey! Also use tags, colors and notes to keep track of your items. Enjoy the easy handling and the comfortable features of start!


Searching was yesterday

With Start you can find your applications in many ways. Create tags for application groups, use colors to find individual applications in the list faster or add a comment to individual applications. With the search function you can search not only by application name but also by the comments or tags you created.

Context Menu

You can quickly adjust individual settings with the context menu. Just change the color of an entry or assign a new tag? One click and done. Also the tags have a context menu in there for example to quickly start all entries of a tag at once.


Keyboard shortcuts

With Start you can easily assign keyboard shortcuts to individual entries in order to call them up later system-wide. Or simply combine all things you need for a project or topic with a tag and launch all entries of this tag at once with a keyboard shortcut or a single click.


Open your favorite websites with keyboard shortcuts? Control applications with URL schemes? Start manages this for you.



Start supports shortcuts from the Shortcuts app. Organize your shortcuts thematically with tags or launch them together with other applications.



Tag it and love it Use tags to create collections for your applications, frequently used folders, scripts or any other file. It has never been so easy to organize and sort items on macOS. Save a lot of time - searching was yesterday!



Comments and notes Add comments and small notes to your items to describe them in more detail. The comments will remind you what the items can do for you. Small notes with big effect - so you always keep track!



Highlight your items as you like With just a few clicks you can highlight your items with colors and find them even faster. Choose colors for more clarity and organization - effective and visually appealing!



Launch with a simple keystroke Assign a key combination to your individual items or tags and launch them immediately from anywhere with a customizable keyboard shortcut.



Easy drag'n'drop Simply drag your files and directories into start to launch an application with the given files and directories.



Quick access to your important things Define important applications, files or directories as favorites.


An efficient, streamlined, and customizable launcher.

Craig Grannell (from

First off - Gerald, when I read about your Start app, it was an immediate purchase for me - great app! Love the concept, thank you.

Nick Cates from

This app makes my daily work easier. I like the functionality and the quick access to all my items. I also like the clean and modern design. The hotkeys are my favorite. Keep up the good work! Best regards

Michael Charif (Customer)

My recommendation! This app is a clever solution to sort my endless list of programs and keep track of them. I like the features and am very happy with the app.

Sarah Smith (Customer)

start has exactly the functions I was looking for. I appreciate tidiness in my Dock and no eternal search for programs and other items. Thanks for the practical implementation! Good work!!!

Liam Mitchell (Customer)


innovative::bytes start is available as full version in the Apple Appstore or together with many other programs at Setapp.

Don't wait any longer and launch your apps faster today!


Downloads and additional information


Start can be tried out free of charge with the trial version. The trial version is fully functional - but will terminate after 30 minutes.


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