Alfred 3 on macOS 10.14 Mojave

Alfred 3.7+ is compatible and supported on macOS Mojave.

New to macOS Mojave and need some help?

Update Alfred to the latest update

First, ensure that you're using Alfred 3.7 or higher, as this is the minimum requirement for compatibility with macOS Mojave. Check for updates to ensure you're on the most recent version available.

Click on the bowler hat in the menu bar to see which version you're using, or open Alfred's preferences to the Update tab.

macOS Integration

Apple have made a number of changes to the granularity of permissions within macOS, which has led to a few changes in Alfred to keep your experience as smooth as possible.

These permissions are needed for various features, such as snippet expansion, simulating key events (e.g. in workflows and the clipboard), search for contacts and to run scripts.

Alfred requests macOS Permissions

Giving Alfred the access he needs can be done choosing "Let's Get Started..." where you'll be prompted to open System Preferences.

Accessibility Prompt

Security & Privacy permissions will then be opened to the Accessibility tab for you to grant access by checking the box next to Alfred 3.

Didn't grant Alfred permissions?

If you accidentally denied Alfred control when prompted, you can grant control by going to
macOS System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy where you'll be able to check the box next to Alfred 3 for the relevant permissions.


Alfred requires accessibility access on your Mac if you'd like to use snippet expansion, or to simulate key events (from workflows, file selection, clipboard integration and system commands).

Granting Accessibility in macOS Mojave Security and Privacy Preferences

Full Disk Access

Allowing Full Disk Access gives Alfred access to the user-level files on your Disk. This is essential if you'd like Alfred to be able to search for your browser bookmarks.

Note that Alfred has always had this access on your Mac, but macOS requires you to manually grant this in Mojave.

Granting Full Disk Access in macOS Mojave Security and Privacy Preferences


Search contacts and show contact data.

Granting Contacts access in macOS Mojave Security and Privacy Preferences


Running AppleScript and System Events to control your Mac, Open Terminal and run a command.

There's no need to manually add Alfred to Automation, as this will be requested automatically by macOS when needed.

Granting Automation Access in macOS Mojave Security and Privacy Preferences

Activating your Powerpack

If you've reinstalled your Mac, you'll need to activate your license to take advantage of the Powerpack features.

Your Powerpack license code was issued to you by email when you made your purchase, so look for emails from or for the "Your Alfred License" subject line for the original license email we sent you.

Need to upgrade your Alfred 1 or Alfred 2 license? You can upgrade at a discount by entering your old license details.

Setting up your Dropbox preferences syncing

A great way to keep your Alfred preferences handy is to use Dropbox cloud-based syncing. If you've just re-installed Dropbox on your Mac, give Dropbox sufficient time to download all of your cloud-based files before selecting your Alfred preferences folder in Dropbox.

Why? If you set syncing up before your preferences have been downloaded, a new set of preferences will be created. Waiting until Dropbox completes its download ensures you'll be able to use your existing settings.

Find out more about syncing your Alfred preferences, which is also a convenient way to keep a backup!

Alfred uses refined queries over the macOS metadata index, the same index that Spotlight uses.

As such, if you're re-installed from scratch, your Mac will need a bit of time to build up its metadata index. During this indexing time, search results may be incomplete and CPU usage may be higher than usual. In under an hour, the indexing should be complete and you'll be ready to make the most of macOS Mojave!

Still need help with macOS Mojave?

If you've carefully followed the steps above and waited until your macOS index has completed its first indexing, Alfred should run smoothly for you in Mojave.

If you still encounter any issues, please pop a post on Alfred Forum, including as much detail as possible so that we can help you further.

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