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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_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.

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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