An open source tool called DelayedLauncher can help you speed up Mac login times. It works by delaying the launch of various macOS login items, and you can fine-tune it to your heart’s content. Here’s how to set it up. Credit goes out to Mac Geek Gab listener Bob Harris for suggesting this app (via email).

Speed up Mac login times with DelayedLauncher. Image of app welcome screen.


  1. To get started, download the app from this page. Since it’s open source, DelayedLauncher is available on GitHub. But the actual app is on the Tao Effect blog. Click the ZIP file with green text.
  2. Now, drag and drop it into your Applications folder.
  3. You’ll need to add it to your Login items by going to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login items. Click the plus button and find the app.
  4. Once that’s done, open DelayedLauncher. Drag and drop the apps you want into the DelayedLauncher window. You can set delays of up to five minutes. The apps will automatically launch after the period of time you set.

Speed up Mac login times with DelayedLauncher. Image of configuration screen.

Of course, this is most useful for Mac power users who launch a bunch of apps upon login. If you don’t have much (or anything) launch, then you probably won’t make much use of it.

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