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Workflow Inputs

Inputs are keyword-based objects. A keyword will be used to perform an action, on its own or followed by a query. It's the easiest, most memorable way to control your workflow actions.


A Keyword is the most commonly used input type. It can be used alone or followed by a query, telling Alfred to perform an action or search for the query.

File Filter

Create a customised file search; Specify search scope or file types.

Running Apps Filter

Show a list of currently running apps in macOS.

Dictionary Lookup

Spell or define using a Dictionary other than the default one.

List Filter

The List Filter Input is a great way to create a fixed list from which you can select an item.

Script Filter

The Script Filter allows you to populate Alfred with your own script results.

Find out more about Workflows

Discover workflows and learn how to create your own in the Workflows section.

To find out more about other workflow objects, take a look at each type:

  • Triggers: Activate Alfred from a hotkey, another Alfred feature or an external source.
  • Actions: The objects that do most of the work in your workflows; opening or revealing files and web searches, running scripts and performing commands.
  • Automations: New to Alfred 5, these building blocks let you automate tasks without having to write any code.
  • User Interface: Present results in Alfred in convenient new ways, such as a grid of images and files, an editable and interactive text view and more.
  • Utilities: Utilities give you control over how your objects are connected together and how the arguments output by the previous object is passed on to the next object.
  • Outputs: Collect the information from the earlier objects in your workflow to pop up a Notification Centre message, show output in Large Type, copy to clipboard or run a script containing the result of your workflow.

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