How to Get Front Row Back in OS X Lion

If you’re like me and you have a lot of videos on your MacBook (or just regular Mac), then you like having ways to easily play them. Apple designed a program specifically for this purpose called “Front Row.” If you’ve never heard of it, maybe you’ve heard of some of it’s alternatives like Windows Media Direct. All it is is a fullscreen platform that allows you to play videos, music, and podcasts and look through pictures all in one place.

Now for some reason, Apple decided to remove this application from the more recent Mac OSs like Lion. Luckily for us, the good folks at Mac-Hatter Consulting designed a piece of software that copies over certain files from one of the older versions of Mac OS and “unlocks” the Front Row application in OS X. All you need to do is visit THIS LINK, scroll down, and download the file entitled “FrontRowEnablerForLion.pkg.” The program will take care of the rest, but please note that a full restart will be required for the changes to take effect.

The basic layout for Apple’s Front Row application. Just think of it as a central hub for all things media-related on your Mac.


This is a really easy fix/process and a great way to get back a great Apple application. Hopefully, Apple will bring this app back permanently in future OSs and not force users to download “enabler packages” like this one.

Now go watch some movies. Or listen to some music. Your call! =u)

About Daniel

Daniel is a graduate of CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, summa cum laude with a B.A. in Film Production and TV/Radio. He can be reached via his website, The Utopia of Daniel was his college blog and he has since transitioned to posting on other sites.