Apple has a long running feature in macOS dating back to the turn of the century in Mac OS X. It’s a utility I like and use regularly but I want it to do more but it cannot. It’s the Login Items in the user account of System Preferences > Users & Groups.
Open up your account in Preferences, select Login Items, then add apps you want to launch when your Mac starts up. That’s actually very handy. By the time you sit down to use your Mac after it starts up you’ll have RSS subscriptions, email, an open browser, Calendar, and the apps you normally want to use, already running and ready to go. What’s not to like about Startup items.
The main issue I have with Startup Items is the apps are launched at startup, not at a predetermined time during the course of the day. What I want is an auto launcher that works according to a schedule I control. Actually, the Mac has the built-in already but you need an app that makes it happen.
Enter Lingon X, a Mac utility that can launch apps, run scripts or commands, and do it on a schedule; regularly, when something else happens, or at a specific time.
As you can see from the screenshot, setting up and using Lingon is straightforward so it’s easily utilized by an average Mac user, although it comes with plenty of power geek options. To get started, select the current Mac user, add a name to the launch you need, use the Choose button to find the app you want to run, then select when you want the action to occur.
That’s about it.
Lingon X then runs an AppleScript or launches the app according to the settings– upon Startup, Always, when a particular Mac volume is mounted, or a specific Time (probably the most used option).
There is much to like with Lingon because it will startup an app, run a macOS Unix-like command, startup an Apple script, and anything can be scheduled to run at specific times. The power geek part of Lingon gives you options to modify configuration files in launchd, the launcher daemon in macOS.
Warning: there are a bunch of Lingon versions floating around and dating back a few years, so make sure to get the latest one. It’s priced about right and very useful, especially when you find yourself bored with Startup Items.