alttab (LTS) – alttab4mac window cycle switch macOS Sierra

alttab - alttab4mac (LTS: Long Time Support)

Use alt + tab to switch any window on a Mac like on other systems

alttab alttab4mac is your ALT+TAB app­li­ca­tion and win­dow task swit­cher like on Win­dows and other sys­tems.
Unlike the built-in CMD+TAB it works more like the very well known alt+tab on Win­dows and Linux systems.
Since the first ver­sion of alttab4mac in 2012 there is still a user base for this little App­li­ca­tion out there.

"This is great! I was going install Windows from scratch so I could use
alt+tab with Chrome side by side with my MacBook Pro until I found
this AMAZING program.  Thanks for saving me a lot of time and effort...
best dollars I've spent...ever!" - Elsa (2015)

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Screenshots

Switch between every Window by just pressing alt + tab like on Windows and Linux

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Features

Set hidden Applications and Windows to front view

Set minimized Applications and Windows to front view

alt+tab: forward cycle

alt+shift+tab: Backward cycle

esc: Cancel

Default built-in CMD+TAB will still work as usual

Hide/Show Menu Bar - Menu shill active as a single space character (" ")

 

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Installation and Setup

1. After downloading just unzip by double click on the alttab4mac.zip archive. You will get something like this:

alttab:
    v1.2:
        OS_X_10.9.5_Mavericks_Xcode5.0.1-64bit:
            alttab4mac.app
    v1.2.1:
        OS_X_10.10.5_Yosemite_Xcode6.4:
            alttab4mac.app
    v1.2.2:
        OS_X_10.8.5_Mountain_Lion_Xcode5.0.1:
            alttab4mac.app
        OS_X_10.9.5_Mavericks_Xcode5.0.1-64bit:
            alttab4mac.app
        OS_X_10.10.5_Yosemite_Xcode6.4:
            alttab4mac.app
        OX_X_10.10.5_Yosemite_Xcode7:
            alttab4mac.app
    v1.2.3:
        OS_X_10.9.5_Mavericks_Xcode5.0.1:
            alttab4mac.app
        OS_X_10.10.5_Yosemite_Xcode7:
            alttab4mac.app
        OS_X_10.10.5_Yosemite_Xcode7.0.1:
            alttab4mac.app
        OS_X_10.11.0_El_Capitan_Xcode7.0.1:
            alttab4mac.app
        OS_X_10.11.1_El_Capitan_Xcode7.1:
            alttab4mac.app
    v2.0.0:
      OS_X_10.11.2_El_Capitan_Xcode7.2.1:
          alttab.app
      macOS-10.12.6-Sierra-Xcode7.2.1-unchanged
          alttab.app
    v2.2.0-20:
      macOS-10.12.6-Sierra-Xcode-8.3.3:
          alttab.app

 

2. Choose the right version and system.

Note: Try to use the highest version number an OS version on your system. Example: If you are running Yosemite just try El Capitan version first and see if it works for you.

3. Install alttab as usual by just drag & drop it to your Applications Folder or any other location you like.

4. If you start it the first time, you will be asked to grant access.

Click on Open System Preferences. (You can also go to System Preferences... > Security & Privacy, Privacy, Accessibility manually.)

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5. Then add alttab and enable it or check it if it's already added. ( System Preferences... > Security & Privacy, Privacy, Accessibility )

You need to Authenticate... and Unlock this dialog if needed.

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6. Done!

You can now press alt+tab, alt+shift+tab, etc.

 

FAQ

Q: Does it also works for macOS Sierra (10.12.6), Yosemite, El Capitan?

A: Yes, it works. See list below for more details.

Support

Platforms:

  • macOS Sierra 10.12.6 - Seems to work.
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 - Seems to work (+/-... ;).
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11 - Seems to work (+/- ...).
  • OS X El Capitan BETA 10.11-BETA  - partially works but very slow switching, you need to type alt+tab slowly
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10 - partially works but very slow switching, you need to type alt+tab slowly
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9 - Seems to work well, very fast switching
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 - unknown
  • Mac OS X Lion 10.7.x - unknown
I have App binaries for the following platform too, but I am not sure if it works or not.
  • Mac OS X 10.6 deployment target (not sure if it works)

I then can check if I can compile the application for your system. Just give it a try.

If it does not work on your system, please do the following - and send the error message to me with the information what system you have.

If you start alttab4mac.app from the command line, xterm console, it gives you debug logging messages.
1. start Terminal
2. know where alttab.app is installed, location.
3. enter ./alttab.app/Contents/MacOS/alttab
Example:
michi@Michaels-MacBook-Pro ~ $ ./alttab.app/Contents/MacOS/alttab
Gives you a bunch of error and/or debugging messages. Would be great if you can send this messages to me.

 Support

Just leave a comment below.

 

Helpful?

9 thoughts on “alttab (LTS) – alttab4mac window cycle switch macOS Sierra

  • 18. October 2014 at 21:32
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    Michael,
    I am interested in trying alttab4mac but the download link leads me to the Digital River page that says your app can’t be found. Is there another way that I can download the installer?
    Thanks very much and have a good weekend.

    Regards,
    Andy

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    • 19. September 2017 at 15:51
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      Just download it form the download button.

      Reply
  • 14. January 2015 at 16:24
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    Hi! I can`t download the app (seems the download button doesn`t exist)

    Could you help me?

    Thank you!

    Regards

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    • 1. February 2015 at 00:32
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      Right after the payment procedure, you will be redirected automatically to a download page. Just download from there.
      It it does not work – or you missed/closed the download page or you did not find the download link – just contact me with a screenshot / scan of your payment.

      Reply
  • 28. January 2015 at 18:44
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    Works to get from any app to finder, but that’s it. Really just need a tool to remap CMD-Tab to Alt-Tab, the 10.10 switcher is great

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    • 22. March 2016 at 18:17
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      I do not think remapping cmd+tab is possible, I think Apple forbids that… I also thought about that… but, it’s technically not possible.

      Reply
  • 14. February 2015 at 18:27
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    Hey, I’m on os X Yosemite and I’ve download your app but it doesn’t work.. It doesn’t start when I clic on it…
    How can I start the app ?

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    • 14. February 2015 at 18:29
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      It’s good! It work
      Thank you for your work

      Reply
  • 22. April 2015 at 07:58
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    This is great! I was going install Windows from scratch so I could use alt-tab with Chrome side by side with my MacBook Pro until I found this AMAZING program.  Thanks for saving me a lot of time and effort…best dollars I’ve spent…ever!

    Reply

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