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Script Environment Variables

In the script environment data you'll find useful alfred_ variables to get commonly required Alfred information from the user's settings.

These are accessed like other variables, with one difference: in Alfred objects, the format is {const:myvariable}.

Below is a list of the variables with examples of what you can expect this data to look like.

alfred_preferences

The location of Alfred.alfredpreferences. If a user has synced their settings, this will allow you to find out where their settings are regardless of sync state.

alfred_preferences_localhash

Local (Mac-specific) preferences are stored within Alfred.alfredpreferences under …/preferences/local/[alfred_preferences_localhash]

alfred_theme

Current theme used.

alfred_theme_background

If you're creating icons on the fly, this allows you to find out the colour of the theme background.

alfred_theme_selection_background

The colour of the selected result.

alfred_theme_subtext

The subtext mode the user has selected in the Appearance preferences.

Usability note: This is available so developers can tweak the result text based on the user's selected mode, but a workflow's result text should not be bloated unnecessarily based on this, as the main reason users generally hide the subtext is to make Alfred look cleaner.

alfred_version and alfred_version_build

Find out which version and build the user is running. This may be useful if your workflow depends on a particular Alfred version's features.

alfred_workflow_bundleid

Bundle Identifier of the running workflow.

alfred_workflow_cache and alfred_workflow_data

These are the recommended locations for volatile and non-volatile workflow data:

  • Cache: ~/Library/Caches/com.runningwithcrayons.Alfred/Workflow Data/[bundle id]
  • Data: ~/Library/Application Support/Alfred/Workflow Data/[bundle id]

Note that these two will only be populated if your workflow has a bundle id set.

alfred_workflow_name

Name of the running workflow.

alfred_workflow_description

Description of the running workflow.

alfred_workflow_uid

Unique ID of the running workflow.

alfred_workflow_version

Version of the running workflow.

alfred_debug

If the user currently has the debug panel open for this workflow. This variable is only set if the user is debugging, and is set to value 1.

alfred_workflow_keyword

The keyword text used to start an action. Exclusive to the Script Filter Input.

Script Environment Variables Example

Example of what you can expect from the data:

"alfred_preferences" = "/Users/Crayons/Dropbox/Alfred/Alfred.alfredpreferences";
"alfred_preferences_localhash" = adbd4f66bc3ae8493832af61a41ee609b20d8705;
"alfred_theme" = "alfred.theme.yosemite";
"alfred_theme_background" = "rgba(255,255,255,0.98)";
"alfred_theme_subtext" = "3";
"alfred_version" = "5.0";
"alfred_version_build" = "2058";
"alfred_workflow_bundleid" = "com.alfredapp.googlesuggest";
"alfred_workflow_cache" = "/Users/Crayons/Library/Caches/com.runningwithcrayons.Alfred/Workflow Data/com.alfredapp.googlesuggest";
"alfred_workflow_data" = "/Users/Crayons/Library/Application Support/Alfred/Workflow Data/com.alfredapp.googlesuggest";
"alfred_workflow_name" = "Google Suggest";
"alfred_workflow_version" = "1.7";
"alfred_workflow_uid" = "user.workflow.B0AC54EC-601C-479A-9428-01F9FD732959";
"alfred_debug" = 1;

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