OS X Lion Does Not Include Front Row. Here’s How To Get It Back!

Posted in Apple News, OS X on 20/07/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


Despite its many new features and innovations, Mac OS X Lion ($29.99, Mac App Store Link) does not include Front Row – the full screen media interface for the Mac. Fortunately, for those that still use Front Row, there’s a way to get it back. Read on.

Since hearing the news that Front Row would not be making an appearance in OS X Lion, Ralph Perdomo decided to whip together a little application that could bring it back.

As it turns out, getting Front Row on Lion is a matter of simply extrating the Front Row files from Snow Leopard, and then compiling it into a runnable application for OS X Lion. Here are the files that are required:

It turns out that the tweak actually works, though it does require a restart. It can even still be activated using an Apple Remote! Joy! Keep in mind that this hack is at your own risk. Personally, I wonder if Apple might revamp Front Row and re-release it through the Mac App Store. Seems a shame to kiss such a useful app goodbye forever…

  • never used it

  • Oli-chabot

    Never used it. What it does ?

  • What the hell?!?!?!  They just added an HDMI port to the Mac Mini last revision, and now they’re removing Front Row?  How did I not notice this until today?  (I’ll be getting a new Mac Mini next paycheck, specifically to use as a Home Theater PC!)

  • Also missing – Rosetta support for old applications.
    I’m not converting to Lion osx – staying with Snow Leopard. How do we let Apple know about the disappointments.

    BTW, this tweak is good – but with Apple updates, there is no guarantee, and I wonder if it is only available on machines that have had former versions. On the new machines that come with Lion, perhaps not there to invoke?

  • I’m pretty ticked off that Front row is gone. That just makes no sense to remove it.

  • Thank you for the information.

    I was able extract all the files you list without problem using unpkg.

    How do you compile it? I’m not a programmer.

  • JayKay

    do we really care


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.