Google’s Chrome App Launcher debuted on Windows a couple of months ago and now Mac users can finally get it for themselves. While it’s a simple web app launcher, it may be useful for those who live inside Chrome.
The Chrome App Launcher for Mac works exactly like the Windows version. After installing the launcher, you’ll notice a new icon in your dock. Clicking on it will bring up a menu where you can see all of the Chrome apps you have installed. Clicking on one will launch the app. Note that the Chrome browser doesn’t need to be running, though its services will be running in the background.
There are options when you right click an app to set it as a pinned tab, regular tab, or maximized window. You can also easily remove an app right from the App Launcher. There’s a search bar up top if you have a ton of apps and don’t feel like digging through them.
The Chrome App Launcher is available in the Dev and Beta channels by default but users of the stable release of Chrome can activate it by typing chrome://flags into the address bar and enabling “App Launcher OSX App Bundle.”