Launch an app in a snap. Ridiculously easy shortcut management for the Mac.

Lifehacker's Download of the Day, June 15, 2011.

"I like Snap because it’s simple and allows me to quickly open apps using easy to remember shortcuts — always faster than heading over an icon with your mouse cursor." -

"No mousing equals increased productivity. ... Simple, straightforward, easy to remember, and as inexpensive as an app can get." -


Automatic Shortcuts
Snap automatically assigns keyboard shortcuts to apps pinned in your dock using a modifier key (command, option, control, or shift) and the number keys. For example, command+1 opens the 1st app in your dock, command+2 the 2nd, etc. Rearrange or add new apps to the dock and the shortcuts will automatically reset.

Manual Shortcuts
Set a custom shortcut for any app on your Mac. Open apps faster than you can say "Launchpad".

App Peeking
Press a shortcut once to reveal an app window, and again if you want to hide it, allowing you to quickly glance at running apps.

What’s New

Version 1.5

- Fixed + and - buttons in the Manual tab
- Apps are now sorted alphabetically in the shortcut list

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings ,

Works on OS 10.8.2 A+

When I switched from Windows several years ago the only thing I missed was easy creation of shortcuts. Now I can do the same on Mac, thanks to SNAP!

It works great on Mountain Lion. Loads at start. Custom shorcuts as well as dock shortcuts work as described. Love it, thank you!

Several sudjestions (don't know if it's possible to impliment though):
1) Would be nice to open several windows with just one shortcut. Example, I usually open following aps on start - Safari, Firefox, Mail, Notes, Skype… wonder it it's possible to create just one shortcut so all asigned windows open at once.
2) Not sure if it's system limitation or not, but Finder is always number 1 in dock, however, pressing Command + 1 opens app that folows Finder in dock, in my case Finder - 1, Safari -2, Mail - 3, etc. Presing Command + 1 opend Safari, not Finder.

calibornstahp ,


Snappy! It works like a charm, I love how you have both automatic and manual modes - automatic is for all dock apps, and manual is for any app you want to have a shortcut - but my only suggestion is to have the option to remove the bezel that appears every time you open an app with snap. It's not that bad, but it slows down the transition between apps. I know some people like it, but at least the option to remove it would be nice.

TheNewDoctor ,

Could be more inovative

This application works as described and is very quick. I love the ability to make your own shortcuts! Like other new users though It would be intreguing to actually see some legitimate finger snapping in the app considering the application name and icon.

App Privacy

The developer, Indragie Karunaratne, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.