Alfred is a keyboard-driven productivity application, helping you launch apps and search your local computer as well as the web with great speed.
* Winner of Macworld's 2012 Editor's Choice Awards
* TUAW's Best Mac Utility of 2011
* Mac AppStorm's Top Mac Apps 2011
* Leo Laporte's MacBreak Weekly Pick of the Week April 2011 & more!
* Application launcher: Launch any application with a quick shortcut. Alfred will learn which apps you use often and prioritise them when you search
* Search your Mac: Quickly find and open files, bookmarks, contacts, music and more. You will never again have to wonder just where you saved that important document.
* Search the web: Search or launch your favourite websites: Maps, Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia and many more.
* Calculate and Spell: Just start typing to do a quick calculation or look up spellings, definitions or synonyms and antonyms.
* System Commands: Control your Mac with speed and efficiency. Empty trash, start the Screen Saver, restart, shut down, eject a drive and more.
* Custom Searches: Create your own web searches for frequently used websites and wikis.
Ward off RSI - skip using the mouse with this fast and beautiful app.
This is a huge release with 2 new colour themes, Large type support and much more! See alfredapp.com for more details.
* 2 new themes from user theme competition - Dark and Smooth & Pistachio
* Large type support, use ⌘L to show the currently typed text or calculation in large type
* Drag results (files / images etc) out of Alfred into emails, graphics apps, Finder
* New 'Advanced' option for Default Result types, add any file type you like to the default results (still recommend open/find/[spacebar]prefix for file search)
* Overhaul to file searching algorithm allowing, now non-continuous word based matching
* Improvements to the 'in' keyword allowing for disjoint keyword matching
* More exact matching for 'text files' in the default results, no longer matches .ics files
* Improved decimal point configuration in the Calculator, now allowing forced decimal separator output for comma based locales
* Alfred.app no longer shows in results and typing 'alfred' now opens the preferences
* Add Xcode's new Applications location to the default search scope
* More flexibility on the Spell/Define keywords, allow matching on items not in the dictionary
* Less aggressive scientific notation rounding for the calculator for better 0 approximation errors
* More intelligent 'eject' keyword to prevent false errors when a drive is successfully ejected
* Code and performance improvements
* Fixed / improved text and help throughout the preferences
* Make MAS version startup / welcome sheet non resizable and close using Esc key
* Allow ⌘^Q and ⌘^W as hotkeys, previously blocked by over-protective code
* Update the core window renderer to fix a quirk behind the preference cog with transparent themes
* Remove deprecated code and make Alfred more future proofed for OS X
Ratings and Reviews
Best launcher to ever hit OS X
I used Quicksilver for years and loved it. Until it got abandoned and started crashing incessantly. When Google’s Quick Search Box came out (written by the same developer as Quicksilver) I was thrilled and switched immediately. Until it, too, got abandoned and started crashing incessantly. When the community came together to keep QS around as an open-source project, I switched back. And kept using despite the fact that it crashed incessantly because it was at least being maintained and was getting marginally better as time went on.
And then I found Alfred. In 2.5 years of constant use, I can’t remember Alfred EVER crashing on me. It has all of the features that I loved and relied on in both QS and QSB, is much more polished, stable, and, after 2.5 years, development is still going strong. As of this writing, there are 810 ratings total, with 769 of those being 5 stars, and for good reason.
The most telling thing I can really say about Alfred is that, after using the app for 2.5 years, and basically forgetting about it because it’s just always there, always doing its job, I actually WENT OUT OF MY WAY to find it in the App Store and write this review. There are VERY FEW apps that can claim that.
Seriously indispensible productivity tool after short learning curve
You are going to totally love Alfred! It takes a short while to get used to how to best Alfred things. But once you're in (after 2 days), you'll never want to miss it ever again. Just discard spotlight and manual browser web searches and calculators and so on …... I use Alfred about 100 times a day.
However, Alfred 3 is actually better and not available in the Mac AppStore yet. It even has user workflows and user keyboard shortcuts including for iTunes or system calls. Very useful! I especially love the flexibility of adding new time-saving workflows.
Hey, Apple folks, this App is amazing, please approve Alfred 3 on the Mac AppStore!
Hey, Alfred folks, please don't stop nagging Apple to approve Alfred 3!
Just because it took me a while to find it: Font size is configurable if you push all kinds of option buttons on the appearance theme. Would be useful to allow priority hints on file search. If you have multiple versions of files (e.g. backup copies or older versions or svn branches or ….) then you'd love to say "this folder is more important than that one". Maybe just allow priortiy ordering sources? Alfred will ultimately learn which ones you like though. Just would be easier with direct priorization. On some systems, erratic files are shown if you search for them (for example if you search LaTeX files), which is annoying. But beginning the search with a tick ' does the trick. Still silly.
Possibly my favorite app on any platform
I’ve used Alfred for what seems like forever, and it’s arguably the app I’d choose for a desert island. :) It’s what I use to search for things, open things, define things, time things, calculate things, expand text, contact people, manage 1password, manage my clipboard, play music, command the system, and so much more. I’ve tried to find something comparable on my Windows PC that “just works” and there’s nothing (yes, there are a number of launchers that do their best, but nothing just like Alfred).
I’ve also never felt like I was being ripped off or upcharged or anything like that, which is more and more common these days. And both the developers and the community making the “workflows” are active and resposnive.
Alfred is one of those apps that is totally worth it if you use it for nothing but opening files and apps, but becomes more and more valuable with each feature you implement. Love it!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.