Developer: Running with Crayons Ltd

Current Version: 1.2

Last Updated: 6 years ago

Download Size: 1.9 MB - Download


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.


Release Notes:

This is a huge release with 2 new colour themes, Large type support and much more! See 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
* 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


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.2
Review by Baggend

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.

Found helpful by 153 out of 159 people
Version 1.2
Review by rp1242

Bad App - Alfred is great, but not the Mac App Store version. Don't bother with this one. Download it from their website.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.2
Review by sinful_ai

Simply Amazing. - Alfred is a very easy to use launcher. It looks far better than the default spotlight, and also performs better. It is overall faster and more responsive, and gives more freedom than any other launcher I've used. Alfred is extremely reliable, it has never crashed once, and has great value. The "Powerpack" is a little overpriced for the features they give, but the free version has everything I've needed. Spotlight is ugly and sluggish compared to Alfred, I will never go back. My only complaint it the minute or two it takes to start up after starting my computer. This is mainly due to the slow hard drive, but I am sure there are some improvements that could be made to Alfred to make it boot faster.

Found helpful by 8 out of 9 people
Version 1.2
Review by McDonna

get the latest version, not this one! - I’ve been using Alfred for years and I love it. I just bought a new Mac and was installing apps from the App Store when I saw that Alfred was last updated in 2012. What??? This is an ancient version. Go to the Alfredapp dot com website and you can download the latest for free.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.2
Review by Dr.Div

From a Former Alfred User - I used Alfred for 4 years. However, with Yosemite OS, it looks like the inevitable happened and Apple built a better Spotlight search feature. Since I like to keep things simple, for the past few weeks I no longer use Alfred and only use Spotlight— and Spotlight hasn’t disappointed me, at least the way I use it. This might be differrent for you and that you might prefer several features that Alfred has which Spotlight doesn’t. Regardless, there is still quite a bit Apple can Learn from Alfred. By comparison, Alfred is probably still more advanced. I recommend it to any mac user.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.2
Review by ace apertura

Seriously indispensible productivity tool after short learning curve - You are going to love Alfred. It takes a little time 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 ….. 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! 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 (mostly LaTeX files), which is annoying. But beginning the search with a tick ' does the trick.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.2
Review by Mr. Beany

Awesome - I've been an Alfred user since the beginning, and have been constantly surprised at how efficiently I can perform tasks. I've set it up with BetterTouchTool (Another amazing Mac app) to activate when I tap the trackpad with four fingers. It's become so fluid a gesture that I immediately become annoyed when using someone else's computer without Alfred, and it is very noticeable how much faster I can find information on my computer than others can on theirs-- five seconds, next to thirty without Alfred. Looking at the usage statistics, I use it on average 20 times per day-- not insignificant.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people