Lingon 3

Version: 3.1.3 || Release Date: 2012-11-26 || License: Shareware ($4.99) Developer: Peter Borg | App Owner: xcgr

The easiest way to run things automatically on your Mac has now become even easier.

Lingon runs things automatically on your Mac.

  • Lingon can start an app, a script or run a command automatically when you want
  • You can schedule it at a specific time, regularly or when something happens
  • You can make sure that an app automatically restarts if it crashes
  • Lingon can do all this for you and much more

(Please note that Lingon 3 is only for OS X Lion 10.7 and there is earlier version, 2.2.1, available for OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.)

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10 Opinions

Truly sad to see such a great app go to crap

All I can say is... thank god I have an old version of Lingon that was free and works perfectly. I'm sorry, I realize that it's hard to make a living as a developer, but with such a simple tool that was freeware for so long, suddenly putting on the Mac AppStore costing money is ridiculous. This program is an absolute requirement for every computer I own, it's such a core utility since I like to very delicately tune my systems and know what is running at all times. If the developer wanted to make a "premium" version for the app store, go ahead and do that, make it "easier-to-use" and "moron-proof" and charge for that. But leave the hardcore version of the app totally free for us super-nerds that come to rely on it.

@ kopischke
It's true, version 2.2.1 is still available. However, I neglected to mention that it has been (at least in my experience, using Snow Leopard and Lion) prone to routine bugs. Dialogs get stuck, alternating between Basic and Expert modes stops working unexpectedly (initially, I thought it had to do with formatting errors in Expert mode, but it happens even with agents/daemons created entirely in Basic mode).

If 2.x is abandoned, the only move forward (beyond existing bugs, and to stay compatible with new OS updates) is through the severely (I'd say intolerably) limited 3.x. It's sad because I think this is a great app, but the kind of user this appeals to, IMO, won't appreciate the loss of so much functionality.

@agents The “classic” Lingon (i.e. version 2.x) is still to be found in the App Store as a separate app from Lingon 3 – as it has been for a while. I guess the fact version 2 has been approved into the MAS means the creation of the (admittedly very simplistic) version 3 is not due to Apple policy, but simply a design decision by Lingon developer Peter Borg.

Lingon 3 is now available for Lion. And it sucks. Sorry; I hate to disparage a hardworking developer, but the limitations of this release can't be ignored. There's a fine line between easy to use and no longer useful, and it looks like the App Store has forced this into the latter.

I don't really begrudge paying $3 for the new version, since I've used the old one free for so long. But the inability to run agents/daemons as root, or even see most existing agents/daemons, is a ridiculous limitation to impose. The lack of options or info is breathtaking.

This wouldn't be a problem if there were an alternate (i.e. REAL) version of this for pro users, but Apple has once again cornered us into its crayon-scrawl vision of usability. Sorry to rant, but they're forcing developers to dumb down their products for their blessing and promotion. TERRIBLE.

version 2.2.1 appears to be payware ($5 as of Mar 2011)

@ bogen:
can't be to shure but maybe launchd (under Leopard) doesn't support live activation and deactivation anymore?
Can't believe, they threw away this usefull feature . . . just because.

Version 2.1 requires leopard.
Version 1.2.1 for 10.4.2 is here

Agreed. A wonderful utility. If you have any need to tinker with, or manage your own daemons you need this.

Just a wonderful utility. It should come with the OS.